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The South Carolina Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) is an accredited state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization and statewide leader in the response to child abuse representing all Children’s Advocacy Center programs in South Carolina.

In 2022 we launched SCNCAC Connect which is a web-based professional networking community that is designed to connect Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Team professionals. It provides several tools and resources to connect CAC/MDT professionals with a community of their peers across South Carolina. CAC/MDT members can participate in eLearning sessions, register for events, view resources, access training certificates, engage in focused online discussions, and much more.

The heart in our logo represents caring for the children and families our Children’s Advocacy Centers serve and strength to empower South Carolina communities and Children’s Advocacy Centers to deliver a best practice response to child abuse. The colors within the heart refer to the multifaceted work of SCNCAC and collaboration within and between SCNCAC, our member Children’s Advocacy Centers, and statewide stakeholders. The blend of colors in the heart (yellow + blue = green) signify the collaboration and networking needed to ensure all children in South Carolina have equal access to the best practice and evidence-based response to child abuse that Children’s Advocacy Centers provide.

The first Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in South Carolina was formed in 1989 in Charleston. A committee from the Children’s Justice Act task force did some initial work to establish additional CACs and standards throughout the state. In the mid 1990’s CAC directors from local CACs across South Carolina began meeting to network and plan with these meetings continuing until the late 1990’s. One of the results of these informal meetings was the idea to form a state network of CACs. On June 13, 2000, SCNCAC was recognized by National Children’s Alliance (NCA) as a state chapter. On September 2, 2005, SCNCAC was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in South Carolina and on November 14, 2006, received a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization certification from the Internal Revenue Service. With funds provided from NCA grants, SCNCAC hired the organizations first full-time director in 2009. In October 2011, SCNCAC was awarded accreditation as a state chapter through the National Children’s Alliance. In 2017 SCNCAC hired a new full-time Executive Director and a full-time Program Director to further support CACs and the statewide response to child abuse.

Today SCNCAC employs a full-time Executive Director, Program Director, Administrative Director, Program, Coordinator, and a part-time General Counsel. SCNCAC provides support, funding, technical assistance, and many other services to a network of 17 primary and 12 satellite Children’s Advocacy Centers in South Carolina. Use the Find A CAC button at the bottom of this page to locate the CAC in your area of South Carolina.

In 2022, SCNCAC formed the SCNCAC Organized Health Care Arrangement (OHCA) with Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and certain health care providers who have linkage agreements to provide services for CACs in South Carolina. The SCNCAC OHCA allows CACs to better meet the needs of children and families while coordinating the activities of multidisciplinary team partners relating to child abuse investigations and delivery of services to children and families in partnership with agencies investigating and prosecuting child abuse. The OHCA was formed in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the standards for privacy of individually identifiable health information. The covered entities in the SCNCAC OHCA are listed below.

  • Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
  • First Light (Foothills Child Advocacy Center)
  • Hopeful Horizons
  • The Family Resource Center
  • Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
  • Metropolitan Children’s Advocacy Center
  • The Care House of the Pee Dee
  • Julie Valentine Center
  • Beyond Abuse
  • Durant Children’s Center Fourth Judicial Circuit Satellite
  • Palmetto CASA – Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Children’s Recovery Center
  • Edisto Children’s Center
  • Safe Passage Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties
  • Dorchester Children’s Center
  • Prisma Health Midlands Child Protection Team

The covered entities that make up the SCNCAC OHCA may have different policies and procedures regarding the use and disclosure of health and other information created and maintained in each of their facilities. If you have questions about the SCNCAC OHCA or the covered entities, please use the contact us button at the bottom of this page.

If you are looking for the Children’s Advocacy Center that provides services where you live, use the find a CAC button below to locate CACs in South Carolina.