Empowering SC Communities & Children's Advocacy Centers to deliver a best practice response to child abuse.         


  • 06/19/2019 4:00 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) has been awarded a $581,276.00 grant from the BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina Foundation to support the recommendations in the SCNCAC 2018 development plan. The SCNCAC Development Plan resulted from a 2018 SCNCAC feasibility study and needs assessment to guide the growth and development of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in South Carolina. The recommendations in the Development Plan seek to empower South Carolina communities and CACs to deliver a best practice response to child abuse and remove barriers to accessing services being faced by child abuse victims, non-offending caregivers, and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members in rural and economically disadvantaged areas of South Carolina.

    The SCNCAC Development Plan project is divided into two separate multiple year phases. This BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation grant will fund phase one of the project which begins in June of 2019 and continues for multiple years. Phase two will also be a multiple year project which is tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 pending approval of a similar but separate grant application which SCNCAC has submitted to another potential funder.

    One primary goal of this grant project is to ensure that all children and non-offending caregivers have reasonable and equal access to the multidisciplinary team investigative approach and the evidenced based services provided by Children's Advocacy Centers regardless of where they live in South Carolina. The child centered evidence based medical, mental health, victim advocacy, and coordination services that CACs provide are vital to the health and healing of children when they have or are suffering from child sexual and/or physical abuse. This project will help to remove existing barriers to accessing services that families currently encounter in many rural and economically disadvantaged areas of South Carolina.

    SCNCAC and our member Children's Advocacy Centers are grateful to the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation for partnering with us on this project.

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

  • 06/19/2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County is seeking a full-time Bi-Lingual Forensic Interviewer/Therapist. This position will be responsible for conducting forensic interviews, clinical assessments and providing treatment for children and their caregivers who have been abused. The CAC of Aiken’s forensic services and therapeutic interventions are provided using evidence-based practices and are coordinated with the community multidisciplinary team.

    Skills and Abilities required: • Strong team building, problem solving, organizational, and oral communication skills. • Thorough knowledge of the dynamics of child abuse and its impact on the child and caregivers. • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills. • Knowledge of local social services and/or juvenile and criminal justice systems. • Ability to coordinate services with various professionals. • Knowledge of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services.

    Job duties include Forensic Interviewer - • Schedules all intakes for Forensic Interviews and Medical Evaluations. • Conducts or observes forensic interviews with children utilizing the SC ChildFirst forensic interview protocol. • Records notes throughout the forensic interview and provides investigators with a formal written report and a DVD of the recorded interview at the end of the interview. • Assists with entering and updating all client data into agency’s database. • Coordinates all medical record requests from external agencies for investigators and medical provider. • Participates in all relevant meetings and trainings.

    Therapist - • Provides therapy for child victims and their families/caregivers using evidence-supported, trauma-focused mental health services which includes standardized assessment, individualized treatment plans and ensures that both the child and non-offending caregiver are engaged in treatment. • Documents counseling sessions, progress and referrals in agency’s client database.

    Other – • Assists with the Center’s day-to-day operations of the CAC as needed. • Works with the team to achieve the goals of the center’s Wellness Plan as needed

    Qualifications • Must be bi-lingual (English & Spanish) • Must have a Master’s degree in mental health or human services field. • Licensed or actively pursuing licensure. • Certified or willing to become certified in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. • Have at least 2 years of experience working with children/families in a mental health setting. • Must pass criminal background checks.

    Email cover letter and resume to Susan Meehan – cacmeehan@gmail.com

    The Child Advocacy Center of Aiken is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 06/13/2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Executive Director Recruitment Profile

    Beyond Abuse in Greenwood, SC is searching for an Executive Director. This opportunity is afforded pending the retirement of the current Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of the on-going operations of Beyond Abuse. The position includes planning, organizing and supervising all programs and services provided at Beyond Abuse. Developing and maintaining a strong funding base, keeping Beyond Abuse on a strong financial footing, representing the agency in the community, developing and maintaining strong, effective, collaborative working relationships among the partner agencies and disciplines essential to the organization’s success.

    Beyond Abuse is a nonprofit 501C3 organization which operates one of 15 sexual assault programs and one of 16 accredited children’s advocacy programs in South Carolina. Since 1992, Beyond Abuse has been a leader in providing services for child and adult victims of sexual violence and child abuse in Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens Counties. The Agency maintains an office in Greenwood and Laurens Counties.

    Our Mission: Our mission is to lead our community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action.

    Our Vision:  Prevent sexual violence and child abuse by building awareness about the social and personal costs, risks and effects of interpersonal violence.  Be strong advocates for victims’ rights and healing.  Take positive action through crisis intervention, counseling, specialized services, and coordination of resources and efforts among public and private organizations.

    Summary of Services: Beyond Abuse provides a full range of services for responding to sexual violence and child abuse. All client information is strictly confidential. Services include:  24/7 Crisis Response – Hotline and Emergency Department On-Call support  Advocacy  Counseling  Assistance with filing victim’s compensation  Awareness and Education programs  Forensic Interviews  Child Maltreatment Medical Exam  Multi-disciplinary team case review

    Purpose: The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to lead and to manage a nonprofit organization with extensive knowledge of sexual assault and child abuse issues. The individual selected will possess:

     Financial Management. It is critical for the future of Beyond Abuse that funding is secure; strengthening relationships, identifying new sources of revenue, grant and proposal writing and implementation of an annual campaign will help assure this future. Grant management experience is preferred.  Administration. The Executive Director will be an experienced and effective manager of people and change. The Executive Director will be able to build an effective team working together toward a common vision. Experience with strategic planning and nonprofit management are preferred.  Service Coordination. The Executive Director will inspire confidence and provide leadership and vision to ensure a promising future for Beyond Abuse. The executive Director will have the ability to face problems

    directly in a professional and assertive manner. Through innovation and strategic leadership the Executive Director will ensure that programs and services are congruent with the mission and vision of Beyond Abuse.  Community & Public Relations. The Executive Director will represent and market the purpose, goals, programs and services of Beyond Abuse. The Executive Director will especially be able to engage with stakeholders and partnering agencies to strengthen and/or establish new relationships. Experience in collaboration and maintaining relationships is required.

    Qualifications Master’s degree in social science, law or business with at least 5 years of experience in the areas of sexual violence and child abuse, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Management, financial and supervisory experience. Excellent writing and communication skills. Ability to work well with others to develop positive working relationships with partner agencies, funding sources, community professionals, volunteers, board and staff. Portray professional image as representative and spokesperson of Beyond Abuse. The ideal candidate is a strong, experienced leader with a track record of success. Passion and commitment to the organization’s mission is essential.

    Personal assets will include integrity, high energy, excellent listening and relational skills. The right person for this opportunity will also possess:  The ability to inspire and energize others.  Strong relationship building skills.  The ability to represent the agency on local and state levels.  Expertise in securing a diverse pool of funding.  Proven ability to engage, manage, motivate and unite staff around common goals and strategies – drive results across functions and work groups.  Ability to engage the board, staff, community partners and stakeholders in decision making to build a consensus and to make tough decisions when necessary.  Proven business acumen with a track record of effective management and budgeting.  Travel is required; SC driver’s license and a good driving record necessary.

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter with resume to include salary requirements to careers@beyondabuse.info no later than end of business on Friday, July 5, 2019.

  • 06/10/2019 2:04 PM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The SCNCAC 2018 Outcomes Measurement System report is now available. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the outcome data provided by all of South Carolina Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) during 2018. Use the link below to go to our Measuring Outcomes page of our website to view the report and learn about how, with your support, Children's Advocacy Centers are helping kids in South Carolina.

    To understand the importance of this report, it is important to remember the difference between outputs and outcomes. Outputs can be important information and can tell the story of "what we do" and "who we reach".  An example of outputs would be the number of forensic interviews a CAC does in a year or the number of referrals for mental health services a CAC makes. While these characteristics of cases and clients are important, they do not tell us how well we are doing. That is where outcomes come into play.


  • 05/02/2019 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    Job Title: Full-Time Counselor/Forensic Interviewer

    General Summary of Duties: To provide counseling and advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault and child abuse including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, information and referrals, and advocacy within the criminal justice system to clients in Kershaw and Lee counties.  


    • Forensic interviewing skills or ability to become certified
    • A master’s degree in social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related field
    • Two years of experience in counseling
    • Experience working with child and adult victims of abuse is preferred  
    • License required

    Essential responsibilities:

    • Familiarize yourself with the grant funding your position! This includes knowing the objectives, indicators, restrictions, budget, etc.
    • Provide full range of therapeutic services including crisis, individual, and group counseling, as well as referrals for survivors of sexual assault/child abuse and neglect, and their family members;
    • Provide forensic assessments including forensic interviews;
    • Provide case management services including maintenance of client files for assigned case load;
    • Assist clients with legal and personal advocacy;
    • Assist crisis staff in hospital accompaniment and crisis calls as needed in the office and in the after-hours on-call rotation;
    • Conduct trainings for community collaborative partners;
    • Ensure quality of client services by tracking and monitoring client retention and satisfaction with services;
    • Ensure grant objectives are met and documented;
    • Prepare monthly reports, quarterly reports, and annual progress reports for funding grant;
    • Participate in clinical team meetings and staff meetings;
    • Promote FRC victim services through participation on community based task forces and events;
    • Research and present new clinical skills and techniques to the crisis and clinical programs; and
    • Complete other duties as assigned by Executive Director or required by grantors.

    Resumes should be sent to employment@thefamilyresourcecenter.org.

  • 04/04/2019 7:26 AM | Thomas Knapp (Administrator)

    The 8th annual Children’s Advocacy Day took place yesterday at the South Carolina State House. SCNCAC partnered with the Attorney General, Representative Neal Collins, Children’s Trust and Silent Tears to begin the advocacy day with a press conference.

    The press conference highlighted Child Abuse Prevention Month and the effective resources from our 17 CACs in South Carolina.

    Tom Knapp, SCNCAC Executive Director, explained the efficiency of the CAC model approach.

    “The CAC model promotes the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach when handling these cases, in order to reduce trauma for Children and allow families access to all services they need in one place. All of these services come at no cost to the children and families served,” said Knapp.

    He then told a moving account of a 10-year-old boy he interviewed during his time as an MDT member. Usually at the end of forensic interviews children ask what’s going to happen next, but the young boy wanted to know, how can I make friends? A few years later his mom wrote Knapp a letter thanking him for how the CAC model helped her family and included a picture of  his new friends.

    “The 17 CACs in South Carolina served 9,558 children by providing forensic interviews, case coordination, and treatment for many forms of child abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, drug endangerment, witness to violence and human trafficking, among other forms of maltreatment. This was a 12% increase over 2017,” said Knapp.

    Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke of the re-victimization some abused children face in the criminal justice system and how the CAC models centralizes and limits children from re-telling their stories repeatedly.

    Wilson referred to advocates as a, “network of heroes.”

    Shuana Wilson, Executive Director of Julie Valentine Center, showed her appreciation for the Castellani Families donation from their organization, Silent Tears.

    The concurrent resolution, presented by Representative Neal Collins, and the Governors Proclamation states that April 2nd is Children's Advocacy Center Day. Sen. Katrina Shealy, Rep. Rita Allison, Rep. Bruce Bannister and Rep. Raye Felder were also in attendance.

    Around the room individuals held blue pinwheels provided by Children’s Trust. These pinwheel’s represent Child Abuse Prevention Month and the healing children of the effects of abuse.

     After the press conference ended CAC staff were introduced in the House Balcony by Representative Neal Collins. The staff then moved into the lobby where they met their local representatives and senators.

    We thank everyone who joined us for our annual CAC Day and to the countless staff, community members and legislatures who work towards preventing child abuse in South Carolina.

  • 03/12/2019 1:28 PM | Anonymous

    JOB TITLE: Nurse Practitioner

    JOB SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Executive Director, perform professional nurse practitioner duties requiring specialized knowledge of evidentiary child physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect examinations.


    Perform evidentiary child physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect examinations to assess child abuse using knowledge of developmental care and evidence collection protocols to ensure forensically sound and age appropriate examinations, evidence collection, and medical record documentation. Function within the scope of the professional nurse practitioner license and incorporate the mission and vision of the Children’s Justice Center Program.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT: Master’s degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program. Training as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP).

    Four years of professional work experience performing nurse practitioner duties of which two years must include work experience with children or families. Applicant must possess a current State of South Carolina Nurse Practitioner license.

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements to Executive Director, Carol Yarborough at cyarborough@dickersoncac.org. For questions you may call 803-358-7200.

  • 03/12/2019 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    The primary purpose of this position provide assessment, crisis counseling and therapy services for children and their family members.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or a related field;
    • State licensure is required (i.e. LMSW, LISW, LPC-I, LPC, etc.)
    • Two years training and experience in child abuse (sexual assault/abuse, domestic violence and dating violence) assessment/treatment issues and victim advocacy preferred.
    • Experience utilizing evidence-based, trauma-focused treatment intervention such as TF-CBT preferred.

    Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center is prepared to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience

    To Apply:

    Please email cover letter and resume with salary history and requirements to Executive Director, Carol Yarborough at cyarborough@dickersoncac.org. For questions you may call 803-358-7200.

South Carolina Network of
Children's Advocacy Centers

Empowering SC communities & Childrens's Advocacy Centers to deliver a best practice response to child abuse.

P.O. Box 2195
Columbia, SC 29202