The Yellowstone Valley Child Advocacy Center, located on the main RiverStone Health campus in Billings, was founded in 2012 as a coalition of area law enforcement, judicial, medical, mental health and social services agencies.
The CAC is a safe place where children and their non-offending family members can go when there has been a concern about child abuse.
In a specially designed interview room, the child is interviewed by a forensic interviewer trained to ask appropriate questions. The interviewer is trained to ask neutral questions that allow children to tell what, if anything, has happened in a way that avoids adding further trauma.
The CAC convenes a multidisciplinary team that provides a comprehensive response to minimize further trauma and increase safety. This process reduces the child having to talk to multiple professionals, potential evidence collection errors, and increases the chance of a successful prosecution.