For many children, sexual abuse is fraught with shame and guilt. Even with the best of coping skills, suspicion of sexual abuse can throw a family into crisis.
Alaska CARES is an outpatient clinic located near Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. The clinic provides sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, newborn to age 18 years, and 24-hour on-call services for cases that are considered emergent. These cases usually come to the attention of law enforcement or the emergency departments of local hospitals.
Part of a National NetworkAlaska CARES is a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC), and a member of the National Children's Alliance, which is the governing body for more than 450 Children's Advocacy Centers across the United States. CAC's are comprehensive, child-centered programs, based in a facility that allows law enforcement, child protection professionals, prosecutors, mental health professionals, victim advocates, and the medical community to work together to evaluate child abuse cases. The overarching goal of all CAC's is to make sure that the children are not further victimized by systems designed to protect them.