About Us

Our Mission

The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (CAC-LMJC) is a child-friendly home that assists in the centralized activities of all agencies involved in the intervention and prevention of child abuse. We offer support for physical and emotional safety of children and their non-offending caregivers while facilitating joint investigations conducted by specially-trained professionals.


Our Story

Before the CAC-LMJC came into existence, the process to intervene in child abuse cases was disjointed, inefficient, and often resulted in more trauma to children. 

Here’s how we came to be…

 

1997

The beginning

In 1997, a group of concerned citizens in North Georgia wanted to figure out a better way to help children victims of abuse in the region. They formed a task force determined to improve efficiencies in the process and agencies involved in the intervention and prevention of child abuse in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, which covers Walker, Catoosa, Dade and Chattooga Counties.

A broken System

They soon realized that the systems in place led to increased length of investigation time and children were often unintentionally re-traumatized by the agencies trying to help them, enduring multiple interviews, sometimes by individuals with little training and experience dealing with the sensitive needs of children and abuse issues.

bold Vision

During the next two years the task force researched, planned, and raised funds to establish a children’s advocacy center. The vision was for the center to coordinate and centralize the activities of all agencies involved in the intervention and prevention of child abuse, and to provide special services to children and their families walking through the traumatic aftermath of abuse.

1998

First Year

In October 1998 we began our fiscal year, officially named the Children’s Advocacy Center - Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit (CAC-LMJC) with funds from the Children’s Justice Act Grant.

1999

The CAC House

In April 1999, Dr. Robert Jones, CEO and President of Hutcheson Medical Center contributed the use of a beautiful home. In June of the same year we hosted an Open House and we officially opened and began providing services to the children of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.

today

Nearly 5000 cases later, the CAC-LMJC continues to be a vital force in the fight against child abuse.

What to do if you suspect child abuse?

Contact DFCS (Georgia Division of Family & Children Services)

Call: 1-855-422-4453 (1-855-GACHILD)

If the child is in immediate danger, call 911. 

Child abuse and/or neglect reports are taken 24 hours a day, seven days a week.