Protecting and Preserving the Wellbeing of our Children
The Seward Child Advocacy Center is a one person office and is located at 201 3rd Ave., Suite 101. Matt Allen has filled the position of Family Advocate for the local office which covers the communities of Seward, Crown Point, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing and Hope. The Seward CAC is under the umbrella of South Peninsula Haven House in Homer and is one of three facilities on the Kenai Peninsula; the other two are located in Homer and Kenai. A Child Advocacy Center provides the community with a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to the problem of child abuse. The CAC model has proven to be an efficient and effective way for the community to respond to children suspected of having been severely abused and/or neglected and that are in domestic violence situations.
At the Seward CAC, various members of Office of Child Services, Seward Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, the District Attorney’s Office and Kenai SART/ SANE nurses are able to provide children and their families comprehensive services within a child-friendly environment that is designed to meet the needs of the child. At the Seward CAC, a child who has allegedly been abused comes to a place designed for a child and talks to a professional who is trained to talk with children. The child tells his or her story one time and the professionals come to the child. The CAC also provides services to the child’s non-offending caregiver(s), linking them to the resources and support they need during such a difficult time.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Office of Children’s Services at 855-352-8934.
For more information regarding the Seward Child Advocacy Center, Please call 907-422-0433.