Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation charted with the State of Tennessee on September 1, 2005 to serve the 4th Judicial District, consisting of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson & Sevier Counties. Safe Harbor was established by a group of impassioned individuals to provide the coordination of necessary services in a child-focused and child-friendly home-like setting for our most vulnerable victimized citizens . . . our children.
Regretfully, in most cases, children have been abused by family members or people their family members knew and trusted. Working with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, specially trained medical and mental health providers and our District Attorney General’s Office, our goal is to make the process gentler and less traumatic for our children who have suffered so much.
Safe Harbor CAC brings the investigative team to the child in a warm, and welcoming environment where the child feels comfortable and safe to help minimize the trauma and to maximize the opportunities for healing and protection.
Defined under § 9-4-213 of Tennessee Code Annotated, Safe Harbor serves as a central hub for the investigative and post-trauma therapy services for child-victims of severe neglect, physical and/or sexual abuse.
Investigative efforts are conducted by a multi-disciplinary Child Protective Investigative Team (CPIT), comprised of the District Attorney General's Office, the Law Enforcement Jurisdiction where the abuse allegedly occurred, the Child Protective Services of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, medical and mental health experts and Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
There are over 500 Children's Advocacy Centers worldwide, 297 of which are connected via membership with the National Children's Alliance, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist communities seeking to improve their responses to child abuse by establishing and maintaining Children's Advocacy Centers. Twenty-nine (29) such centers are currently in operation in Tennessee and connected via membership with the Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers. Both state and national organizations maintain membership standards, which all centers must meet and maintain.