Clare Regional Child Advocacy Center
The Clare Regional CAC, based out of Harrison, Michigan, officially opened doors in September 2014. It is the home to our administration and Victim Response Team, and serves Clare, Gladwin, and Missaukee counties.
Clare Regional CAC Programs
Victim Response Team
Trigger, our Canine Advocate
Victim Advocate/Care Coordinator
Prevention Education Program
Prevention Education Coordinator
Preparing for your visit
We understand that this is a scary time for you and your family. Here are some techniques designed to help you prepare your child for his or her visit to our center.
overview of programs
Forensic interviews are unbiased, non-leading, developmentally sensitive and legally sound conversations with a child, designed to solicit information about an incident that may have occurred. Facilitated by a nationally trained forensic interviewer, who is qualified in the State of Michigan Protocol, these forensic interviews are utilized in an effort to reduce trauma to a child. Viewed through closed-circuit television by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, these collaborative interviews allow all disciplines in the child welfare/investigative system to participate in the interview remotely, minimizing the number of times a child is questioned about their potential victimization.
At NMAC, referrals for forensic interviews are only accepted from law enforcement and/or child protective services. Both the center and the mobile unit are designed to be child- and family- friendly, and culturally and developmentally sensitive. Forensic interviews are conducted at no cost to any agency, family, or caregiver. The interview allows the youth to tell their story in their own words in a non-threatening and non-traumatic setting .
We know that in many cases, the non-offending caregiver and other family members need as much, if not more support than the child victim themselves. Family/Victim advocacy services are provided to all children who are forensically interviewed, as well as their non-offending caregivers, regardless of ability to pay. The family advocate orients the family to either the stand alone center or the mobile unit, explains what will occur during the appointment, and answers any questions the caregiver or child may have. While the youth is being interviewed, the family advocate will provide education, crisis intervention, referrals to service, or merely lend a listening ear for the non-offending caregiver(s).
At NMAC, we are strong believers in building up caregivers so they can be as supportive and strong as possible for the youth involved in the investigation. No one can pour from an empty cup. Following the interview, the family advocate will follow up with the non-offending caregiver and youth as often as needed by the family. They are also able to provide updates on the investigation, if available, and assist caregivers in seeking out resources for their family. This can be done over the phone or in-person.
Trigger joined NMAC from the Michigan Canine Advocacy Program (CAP). CAP partners with Leader Dog for the Blind to provide facility dogs to courthouses, Child Advocacy Centers, and more. Canine advocates are able to assist children in calming their anxiety and fears, and to bring something positive to a bad situation. Trigger's main interests are treats, belly rubs, and walks. He comes to work every day to help bring hope, healing, and justice to the kids of Clare, Gladwin, and Missaukee Counties! NMAC was happy to partner with the Clare County Prosecutor's Office so Trigger can be a constant presence for kids from the time of their appointment at the CAC all the way through the court process.
If you'd like to join Team Trigger along with local businesses such as Johnston Elevator, Doggy Dipity Doos, and Old 27 Veterinary Clinic and sponsor Trigger in some way, please see our "tail wagging wish list" located in the “give back” section. If you'd like to meet Trigger or have him available for an event, please contact Eriana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safer, Smarter Kids: As parents, we do our very best to protect and guide our children in the best way we know how. Unfortunately, however, we can’t be there 24 hours a day. Even at a young age, it is important to give children techniques and tools to protect themselves in any situation that they may encounter now and throughout their future years. Thanks to generous funding from the Children's Trust Fund and United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties, Clare Regional CAC is providing body safety education to children in the first and third grade.
We will be utilizing the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum from Lauren's Kids. Children learn topics such as: safety rules, body boundaries, respecting themselves and others, how to listen to their “guiding voice,” and always tell a trusted adult when a situation makes them feel confused or uncomfortable. It is the belief of the NMAC that if we are able to educate our youth, we may be able to stop future generations from the cycle of abuse. For more information on the curriculum, visit www.safersmarterkids.org.
Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children (D2L): a nationally recognized two-hour, evidence-based course, particularly effective in reaching those adults from the education, childcare and healthcare sectors – groups that include many sexual abuse mandated reporters.
Executive Director & Forensic Interview Specialist
Moving to Michigan in 2011, Bethany began her journey as a specialized forensic interviewer, an interim Executive Director for Child & Family Enrichment Council, and then started her very own Child Advocacy Center.
Care Coordinator / Victim Advocate
Eriana received her Bachelor's of Social Work degree from CMU and her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. She developed a passion for advocating for children while interning at NMAC.
After being trained to be a Leader Dog for the Blind, Trigger signed up to be a canine advocate with the Canine Advocacy Program and was assigned to NMAC. Trigger makes kids feel more comfortable in hopes of making a scary experience a little brighter!
Karen has spent over 20 years working with children and families in diverse professional settings. She is an expert in the field of child development, and has endless knowledge of leading Child Advocacy Centers to success.
Forensic Interviewer / Intake Coordinator
Katy received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Saginaw Valley State University. She worked for the State of Michigan in Child Protective Services for 5 1/2 years. She is committed to advocating for children.
Assisting with day-to-day operations and projects, Jasen is focused on improving business practices and organizational culture. He has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and is working towards a Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Fundraising.
Prevention Education Coordinator
Rosalyn received her Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Child Development, Family Studies, and Psychology from CMU. She’s dedicated to helping provide a voice to children and families in our community.