Operated by Clark County, the Southern Nevada Children's Advocacy Center (SNCAC) brings together child abuse professionals in one location where they work collaboratively to:
- Reduce the amount of trauma children experience
- Enhance response to child maltreatment
- Support the needs of child victims and their families
Staff at the center are highly skilled professionals who comprise a multidisciplinary team including child protection workers, law enforcement officers, medical providers, prosecutors, family/victim advocates, forensic interviewers, and mental health professionals. This team works collaboratively to provide necessary services to the child with the least amount of negative impact. The forensic interview is the cornerstone of the process, done by trained forensic interviewers while key team members observe from a separate location, the forensic interview is child-friendly, supportive, and designed to reduce the number of times a child is interviewed about abuse.
We promote and deliver excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.
Our mission is to provide a compassionate, safe and developmentally appropriate environment for children who are possible victims of abuse by coordinating an extensive range of multi-disciplinary services to meet the needs of the child and his or her family. We strive to provide outreach in order to better educate our community on how to prevent abuse and to identify and locate help for those who may be victims of abuse. For more information on what we do at the Southern Nevada Children's Advocacy Center and how we make a difference in a child's life, please view our assessment process.
If you suspect that a child has been sexually abused or if a child has disclosed allegations of sexual abuse to you, immediately call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at (702) 399-0081.
The center completed an intensive year-long re-accreditation process and received the highest rating possible by the Washington, D.C. based accreditation agency – the National Children's Alliance. This re-accreditation is akin to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval of best practices for children and families of sexual abuse.
General partners of the SNCAC include staff from the following agencies and county departments:
- Children's Advocacy Center Foundation
- Clark County Family Services
- Clark County District Attorney's Office
- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
- Henderson Police Department
- North Las Vegas Police Department
- Boulder City Police Department
- Mesquite Police Department
- United States Federal Bureau of Investigations
- Air Force – Office of Special Investigations