What We Do

Our Program

To best serve children and families in Monongalia County, the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center operates these programs:

Children and families have no out-of-pocket expenses for participating in these programs.

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Child Advocacy Center Program – (CAC) Program

The CAC Program provides clinical services for children who have been abused. Services include forensic interviews, individual therapy & intensive therapy groups for abused children and their non-offending family members (child sessions are provided at either the school or our CAC), mental health screenings, psychological evaluations, parent-training, victim support/ advocacy for abused children, crisis intervention, and case management. We provide not only direct services through our CAC Program, but we also coordinate and support a multidisciplinary team of professionals through this program that includes prosecutors, law enforcement officers, child protection workers, medical professionals, mental health professionals, and victim advocates. In the neutral setting of the MCCAC, team members can collaborate on strategies for investigations and plan interventions that put the child first. This innovative, multidisciplinary approach has been shown to improve outcomes for children.

Community Education Program – (CE) Program

Our CE Program provides community education on child abuse, child abuse prevention techniques, and resources available in our community. The MCCAC also provides training for West Virginia University students on how to evaluate, treat, and support child abuse victims and their families through our internship program.

Preventative Care Program – (PC) Program

Our PC Program works with at-risk children Monongalia County Schools have identified who have experienced loss, significant anxiety and depressive symptoms, involvement with the court systems, or other traumatic experiences not covered by other programs. Children in this program receive therapy and family advocacy.

Drug Endangered Children – (DEC) Program

Our DEC Program is a family treatment program for families impacted by parental drug and alcohol abuse. Most of the families we work with are involved with the child welfare system. Because parental drug use impacts the entire family system (e.g., parents, children, family members caring for children in DHHR custody), this project provides support for all family members, including children ages 2 and older and foster parents. The goal is to keep families together or ultimately reunite families who have been separated. We understand that parents struggling with addiction have unique needs compared to families traditionally involved with the child welfare system. Both adults and children receive treatment through this program. We partner with providers in the community to provide individual therapy services to parents early in recovery while we support the children. The Family Advocate coordinates and monitors the parent and child services, and reports to the MDT. In addition to traditional mental health and substance use treatment, the DEC project also incorporates family advocacy, therapeutic parenting, and parent-child relationship enhancement. As parents and children make progress in individual services, MCCAC starts family therapy. 


In 2023, we served 629 children and family members impacted by child abuse and/ or trauma at our Center.

These services included:

    • 246 forensic interviews
    • 5,807 family advocacy services
    • 1,195 intensive therapy sessions

We use assessments to guide treatment decisions and assess progress for our mental health services. Our services have been shown to decrease emotional and behavioral symptoms in children, increase adaptive skills in children, and decrease parental stress.

To report abuse, please call CPS at 1-800-352-6513 or your local law enforcement agency.