The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that it has attained 2018 top-rated status from Great Nonprofits, GuideStar and Charity Navigator, leading providers of nonprofit reviews and ratings.

The 2018 Top-Rated

Award by GreatNonprofits

was based on the large

number of positive reviews that CAC received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that CAC is a credible organization having a positive impact within the communities it serves.

Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has given CAC the highest rating it can give, four stars. Charity Navigator uses a score system from zero to 100 as a way of measuring a nonprofit's transparency, accountability and how responsible it is financially toward its cause.

CAC was also just recognized for its transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on its GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, CAC shared important organization information with the public via its profile on GuideStar.

By participating in these

valuable evaluation sites,

we ensure that our community

members and potential donors

can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in Southwest Florida.


Our sympathies are also extended to Jay L. Solomon, one of our long-time therapy dog volunteers, for the loss of her precious Katie. Katie, a beautiful Goldendoodle, who saw countless children here at the Children's Advocacy Center, lost her battle with cancer.  





Thank you to Alexandra Barriga and Cadette Troop 104 for this amazing donation!


Thank You Fiddlesticks!

Thank You Community Supporters!

Once a report has been made to the child abuse and neglect hotline, an investigation is commenced by a child protective investigator or a law enforcement officer. One of these multi-disciplinary team members will then contact the Child Protection Team of the Children’s Advocacy Center to schedule a forensic interview and other services as needed.

A forensic interview is a method for gathering information from a victim of alleged child abuse, while being sensitive to the child’s emotional needs and developmental level. The Child Protection Team of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida conducts forensic interviews that are legally sound, are of a neutral, fact-finding nature, and are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing. We create an environment that


Thank you to the Florida Lions Eye Clinic for bringing a free eye exam clinic to our East FM United Way House last Friday. Almost 70 free exams were provided to our clients, and 33 of them were referred for free eye surgery. Thank you Lions Club!

This year’s 16th annual Nichols Cup Celebrity Pro-Am events held at Fiddlesticks Country Club marked a major milestone—raising $1.1 million! Last month, CAC accepted a check from the Bobby Nichols-Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation in the amount of $425,000. Funding from this event is vital to the continuation of CAC’s services. The children in our Pine Manor After School Program made a big thank you banner for the Fiddlesticks members. Pictured here are just a handful of the hundreds of members  who contributed to the success of the event. Thank you Fiddlesticks!

reduces trauma to our child victims by emphasizing the child’s comfort level, and conducting the interview in a child-centered, developmentally appropriate atmosphere.

A trained forensic interviewer speaks with children in an objective, non-threatening, comfortable and non-leading manner. Our child-centered interview rooms are designed to place the child at ease. Children are open to talk about or draw pictures about their experiences. In most cases, the interviews are video recorded. Interviewers are available to conduct interviews every day of the year and at any time as needed by those investigating allegations of abuse of a child. This immediate availability to interview the child is intended to secure the safety of the child in a prompt manner.

The interview process ensures that a possible child victim has an opportunity to tell his or her experience to a trained professional. This process is designed to reduce trauma to the child and allows for a legally-defensible interview should the case proceed through the legal system.

The forensic interview allows for other professionals who may investigate and prosecute cases against alleged perpetrators to obtain information in a manner that is not threatening to the child. This allows the investigating entities to assess the various safety issues and possible criminal violations that may have taken place. If a case proceeds through the criminal process, the forensic interview may become a pivotal component of the legal action. 

While the child is being interviewed, a case coordinator or case manager provides the non-offending caregiver with support and information about the forensic interview process, the legal system, medical and counseling resources, how to cope with their feelings, and how to appropriately talk and listen to a child in the aftermath of abuse. A guardian’s coping skills and understanding about the progression of a case can be an important indicator for the future well-being of the child. Providing support and education for guardians at the time of crisis is critical to the child’s recovery.

A big thank you to Angela Noack and her neighbors in the Fort Myers Villas Civic Association, for spearheading a very successful stuffed animal drive on our behalf.

Copyright 2018, Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida.

Notice of Privacy Practices. All Rights Reserved.

If you know of or suspect child abuse, call 1-800-962-2873. Caller information is kept confidential.

Accredited by the National Children's Alliance and the Council on Accreditation. CAC is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

What is Forensic Interviewing?

Thank you to Mrs. Kara Clow's 2nd grade class at Liberty Elementary School in Port Charlotte, who decorated and donated duffle bags for the children we serve. They even filled the bags with teddy bears, blankets, toothbrushes and other hygiene items. 

CAC Top-Rated On 3 Sites