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Come to a flashlight vigil in Madison to raise awareness about child abuse interventions
Come join concerned citizens, team members from the local Children’s Advocacy Center, representatives of our judicial, law enforcement and social services agencies for a flashlight gathering at Madison’s Broadway Fountain.
Friday, November 18
7:00 p.m.

Bring your neighbors and friends to shine light and clarity on what is being done to ensure the safety, rights and well-being of our children in Jefferson County.
Long-sleeve shirts will be sold to benefit the
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Southeastern Indiana.

October 20, 2016: Mark your calendars for the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration!

To both celebrate its success and in the hopes of serving many more victims of child abuse, the Children's Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana will be holding a Mardi Gras ball at the Lawrenceburg Event Center on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 with the goal of raising $100,000. We hope that you share our conviction that this cause speaks for itself and that you'll join us in an evening of great fun for an inestimably important cause. 

Tickets will be $75 per person or $700 for a table of 10. Use the Sign Up button on the facebook page ( ) to donate now or access the Donate button to the right. 

In addition, to raise money for the CAC of SE Indiana, the Mardi Gras event includes a King and Queen contest. There are King and Queen candidates representing each county the CAC serves. The King and Queen couple that raises the most money by 11 p.m. the night of February 25, 2017 Mardi Gras Ball will be crowned the King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, 2017! Every dollar counts as one vote ($100 = 100 votes).

Vote generously and vote often!

October 1, 2013: Regional organizations step forward with donations.

This has been an amazing summer for us! Following our Open House in June, we’ve been fortunate to have several regional organizations step forward with donations.

At the request of Kiwanis Club of Versailles (Ripley County) member Tyler Bond, CAC Director, Sarah Brichto, gave a presentation to the Club about the CAC services. After several members attended the CAC Open House, the Club made a donation of $1,000 to the Region 15 CAC/CAC of Southeastern Indiana -  their largest donation gift to date. Thank you, Kiwanis Club of Versailles!

The Switzerland County Community Foundation recently granted $1,200 to the CAC for donor software, the creation of an email newsletter template, and kid-snacks. Our inaugural E-Newsletter was sent out the end of September. Thank you, Switzerland County Community Foundation!

The Dearborn County Foundation made a donation of $5,642 for the purchase of laptop computers and office furniture for the CAC. Thank you, Dearborn County Foundation!

The Southeast Indiana Board of Realtors has adopted the CAC as their charity for their first ever booth at the 2013 Aurora Farmers Fair. They’ll be selling monkey bread and hot chocolate to raise funds for CAC. Thank you Southeast Indiana Board of Realtors!
This month our 2013 Milestone Campaign begins its fundraising effort – our first major campaign – and we’re energized by these responses of our communities to the mission of CAC Southeastern Indiana. We’re hopeful there will be more of these positive updates to come!

July 15, 2013: Rep. Luke Messer visits CAC of Southeast Indiana during Milestone Celebration Open House.

[Left to Right: Rep. Luke Messer; Sarah Brichto, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Stephanie Back, Forensic Interviewer, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Aaron Negangard, Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor and Board President, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Tom Baxter, Detective, Indiana State Police and Board Vice-president, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana]
Representative Messer presented a Congressional Record plaque commemorating the 1,000+ forensic interviews conducted at the Children's Advocacy Center since it opened in Dillsboro, Indiana in September 2009.

July 11, 2013: News Coverage by WKRC Cincinnati

June 2013 Press Release: Milestone Celebration Open House to be held July 15th

Special Guest, Representative Luke Messer
Dillsboro, Ind., Jun. 26, 2013 – The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana (formerly Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center) will hold a Milestone Celebration Open House on July 15th to honor the first 1,000 children interviewed in their Center. The Open House from Noon until 2pm will include tours of the facility by staff and volunteers, and a lunch will be provided. Special Guest Representative Luke Messer of Indiana’s Sixth District will be present between 1-2pm.
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly nonprofit corporation created to minimize the trauma suffered by victims of child abuse. The Center is designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach which facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. Their primary service is child-friendly forensic interviews.
A forensic interview is a fact-finding interview that is used to assess whether or not abuse has occurred. Children/teenagers come to the Children’s Advocacy Center because there has been a report that the child may have experienced some form of abuse or may have witnessed violence either at home or in some other circumstance. The job of the forensic interviewer is to allow the child to tell about that event in a way that appears to be a one-on-one discussion, not an interrogation, completely non-threatening and in language not suggested to the child by the interviewer. The child is given the opportunity to describe an event in his or her own words, in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate to the child.
“Prior to the Center opening in September of 2009, children often had to tell what happened again and again to different people - the school personnel, detectives, child protective services, psychologists and more - often in locations where a child might feel vulnerable,” said Sarah Brichto, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. “Now when a child has a terrible truth to tell, there's a safe and supportive place to talk one on one with a trained individual in a single interview.”
“The welfare of our children is a crucial issue that deserves our focus,” said Luke Messer, Representative of Indiana’s Sixth District. “The Children’s Advocacy Center is an extremely important resource to our families, and I’m pleased I’ll be able meet the staff and members of the Board of Directors and get a firsthand look at what they’re doing and what they need to be successful.”
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Indiana serves the families of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties. In addition to the forensic interview, the Center also makes medical examination and mental health counseling referrals. For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center and available resources, log on to Center’s website at or visit their Facebook fan page at

Spring 2013: GRANTED!

Go Team! Several members of Jefferson County's mulitdisciplinary team can register for a national conference focused on the investigation of child abuse thanks to a grant from the Women's Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Madison/Jefferson County. The multidisciplinary team (child protective services case managers, law enforcement, prosecution, CAC staff) is an essential component of a children's advocacy center and cross training available at national conferences can build skills and understanding while utimately reducing trauma to child victims. Thanks to the Women's Giving Circle for team support!

In addition, the Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc.has been approved for 2013 Ohio River Valley Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world and the only authorized solicitation of federal employees, both civilian and military, in their workplace.

Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc. is proud to be one of the 3000 approved charitable organizations to whom federal employees can designate their payroll deductions, one time donations and/or special event donations.  Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc. completed a rigorous application process providing information about auditing, financial, governance and program functions before being approved.  The CFC runs from September to December and is expected to raise $1,000,000 from the individually designated donations of the 22,500 federal employees in the Ohio River Valley campaign area.