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Dedicated to Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse

Manatee Children's Services, a non-profit Child Advocacy Center (CAC), has been serving our area's children victimized by abuse and/or neglect for over 39 years. The agency provides a variety of services including our area's only emergency shelter and group homes for child victims of abuse, parenting classes, grandparent and relative caregiver advocacy services, abuse prevention workshops and presentations, forensic medical and interview services and mental health counseling. Manatee Children's Services welcomes community support in promoting our important mission:

"To advocate for and provide the resources, skills, and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families."

How does the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) model work?

CAC's make a difference for child victims of abuse. At its core, the model is about teamwork – bringing the agency professionals involved in a case together on the front end – and about putting the needs of the child victim first. So rather than having a child taken from agency to agency throughout the law enforcement and child protection systems, and having to endure multiple, sequential interviews, the CAC model brings the system to the child, and brings the agency professionals together to work in a collaborative approach that results in effective, efficient and child-centered casework.

Manatee Children's Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. MCS receives funding from Federal, State and County Government Agencies, along with private donations. MCS augments contract dollars and donations by sponsoring several major fundraising events, the proceeds of which benefit the entire agency. MCS is dedicated to programs and services that stop the cycle of child abuse.

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Our Location
Manatee Children's Services
1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Child Protection Team
& SCAN Program
1301 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Ph: 941-345-1200   Fx: 941-345-1212

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday

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