About Us

Child First Advocacy Center

80 West Street Suite 203
P.O. Box 6822
Rutland, VT 05702
Phone: (802)-747-0200

What We Do at CFAC

At the Child First Advocacy Center we use the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model based approach. This approach is a child-focused, collaborative through which a response to child abuse is coordinated. The CAC model consists of professionals and agencies needed to offer comprehensive services to victims and their families. The services that are available and necessary to handle a report of child abuse often include:

· Trained & experienced interviewers

· Medical professionals

· Child protective services

· Mental health professionals

· Law enforcement

· Victim advocacy, and

· Prosecution, if applicable

We help you communicate with all the professionals involved in the case and provide support and information your family will need. Using this approach limits the number of times and the number of people the victim will have to talk to about the abuse. We are trained to talk to kids about difficult subjects. We are here to help you determine what has or has not happened to your child, and protect them from further abuse. Our services are available to both victims and the non-offending family members.

Child Advocacy Centers Make A Difference

Researchers at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire released findings from the five-year multi-site national evaluation of the CAC model.  Data from over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse handled by communities with and without a CAC collected and subject to comparison analysis highlights:

CAC's showed significantly more evidence of coordinated investigations;

More children received a specialized medical evaluation;

More children were referred to mental health services;

Parents and caregivers of the children served by CAC's were more satisfied with the investigation.

Child Advocacy Centers Save Money

A recent national cost-benefit analysis of the CAC model shows that CAC's save approximately $1,000 per case in services to children and families during the course of an investigation.

CAC offers children and their families:

· Investigation

· Multi-agency support system

· Protection

· Education

· Hope and Healing

Who We Are

Wendy Loomis, Executive Director

Laurie Bland, DCF Family Services

Detective Andy Todd, Vt State Police

Detective Ed Dumas, Rutland City Police

Detective James Bennick, Rutland County Sheriff Department

Aleiss Greene, Outreach Coordinator

Tarah Hubbard, Advocate

Board of Directors:

Dean Mooney PhD.,NCSP, (President)  Maple Leaf Clinic

Deb Hathaway (Vice-President) The Tapestry Program

Stacy Oxley RN (Secretary) Rutland Regional Medical Center

Allison Adams, MD, Community Health Center (CHCRR), Pediatrics

Dave LaChance, Rutland City Police Department

Mike Notte, Vermont State Police

Rose Kennedy, Rutland County State Attorney

Larry Reed, Supervisor, Department of Children and Families

Kristen Casella, Mental Health Clinician

Marty Zipf, Retired Rutland City Schools

Jen Giancola, Community member

Tammy Heffernan, Community member

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