Become A Child Advocate

Become A Child Advocate

From Athens County Child Advocacy Center

Be a true child advocate by making a financial contribution to the Athens County Child Advocacy Center today. We need your help now more than ever.

Athens County Child Advocacy Center

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Becoming a Child Advocate is easier than ever!

Be a true child advocate by making a financial contribution to the Athens County Child Advocacy Center today. We need your help now more than ever. 

The Athens County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a centralized location for interviewing and examining child survivors of sexual or severe physical abuse. 

Why it's important that we have this center?

The CAC is intentionally child-friendly. Our CAC is one of more than 800 centers nationwide that follow the same model, which revolves around reducing trauma and expediting recovery through collaboration. 

Previous to the formation of CACs nationwide, social service and the criminal justice systems did not work together, which added to a child’s emotional distress, and created a segmented, repetitious, and often frightening experience for the child victims. Something had to change; we needed a better coordinated system.

Now, cases are managed by a multi-disciplinary team comprised of representatives from local community organizations and programs including law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective services, medical and mental health workers. Each representative meets at the CAC. The child tells the story once, receives an exam (if necessary) in the same space. Through this centralized coordination, the CAC creates a process that is less traumatic for the victim and streamlined for the involved agencies. It’s a system that works for everyone.

Why it's important that we have this center in Athens?

Without our local center, children are either referred to the nearest center out of the county or simply do not receive the services that they need. Neither of those solutions should be acceptable. The importance of having an Athens-based center means that we’re improving access to our Southeast Ohio community. Our children deserve local access to specialized services.

Since its accreditation in 2006, the Child Advocacy Center has served hundreds of children. We have funded our center almost entirely on grants, which is appreciated but not a model that leads to sustainability. Donations give us flexibility to cover expenses not traditionally covered by grants.

Make your contribution today!

We hope you see value in our work and consider supporting our cause. Your act of kindness could mean a brighter future for our community’s most vulnerable. 

Thank you for your consideration.


Melissa Greenlee, CAC Executive Director


CAC Board Members

Laura Bobo

Chuck Carroll

Cheryl Cesta

Kristi Kinnard

Dr. Lenard Presutti 

Arian Smedley

Megan Vogel

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