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Dakota Children's Advocacy Center

The Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC) is a program that is committed to improving the response to child abuse. We are one of many children’s advocacy centers across the country with the mission of reducing the trauma experienced by child victims of abuse as they navigate the legal, investigative, social services and mental health systems following an allegation of abuse.

The DCAC is a community partnership that utilizes a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach to investigating child abuse. Professionals from social services, law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocacy and the medical and mental health communities come together under one roof so that a child only has to tell of his or her abuse one time.

Our History

The Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) started out as a task force to improve and create a coordinated response to child sexual abuse investigations. It opened in the summer of 1997 and became a full member of the National Children’s Alliance in 1998.

Since its opening, the DCAC has experienced tremendous growth. We have served all of the counties in North Dakota, including the state’s four Native American reservations, as well as northern South Dakota.

Sanford Health Dakota Children's Advocacy Center:
200 E. Main Ave. #301 Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 323-5626
Fax: (701) 255-4495

How We Can Help

The Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center offers comprehensive, compassionate services to children and families who have been affected by abuse free of charge.