WHO WE ARE
Kids’ Space Child Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Muskogee to reports of child sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children, drug endangerment, Internet crimes against children and other forms of child abuse. Kids’ Space CAC is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts and mental health clinicians under one roof while offering a child friendly atmosphere for our victims. We are co-located with specialized teams representing:
• Muskogee Police Department
• Indian Child Welfare
• Kids’ Space Sexual Assault Nurses and Mental Health Team
In addition to facilitating the collaborative approach to our partners’ investigations, the Kids’ Space CAC staff conduct forensic interviews, provide family advocacy and support to reduce trauma, offer mental health therapy, and identify resources so that children and families may begin the healing process.
When a report of child sexual abuse is made in Muskogee, the report is directed to Kids' Space, Muskogee Children’s Advocacy Center. Our Family Advocate coordinates the investigation with the multidisciplinary team and arranges a family’s visit to the center, including transportation and child life.
The Family Advocate is the family’s first contact with Kids' Space CAC. The Advocate provides initial information about what a visit to the center will entail, including the forensic interview, family advocacy services and often a medical exam. The Advocate also gets information about a child’s special needs, ensuring the team is prepared to provide the best experience possible for the child.
The Advocate works closely with the doctor, detective, child protection specialist and assistant state’s attorney to ensure that each team member is available to provide comprehensive services to the child and family during their visit to the center.
Once services are scheduled, the Kids' Space team works with families to get transportation to and from our center. By taking care of the logistics of a trip, we make it easier for families to engage in the healing services they need.