Memphis Child Advocacy Center


Helpful Links

Helpful Links for Parents

Bikers Against Child Abuse
An organization of motorcycle bikers who "adopt" kids with substantiated cases of abuse. The bikers provide support, encouragement, protection and camaraderie.

Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute
A site packed full of resources like ways anyone can help prevent child abuse, research and publications, diagnosis and treatment information, web and reading resources.

Darkness to Light
Contains programs designed for adults to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse.  The 7 Steps to Protecting Our Children covers preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly.

FBI Sex Offender Registry
Use the FBI's sex offender registry to find out if registered sex offenders are in your neighborhood.

Parents can find useful internet safety guides grouped by children's ages. The information is easy to understand and covers the types of risks children may encounter as well as different internet technologies. The site has links to recommended internet safety tools for families as well as web sites for kids.

National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence
Topics on this site include the possible signs of Physical abuse, Neglect, Emotional abuse and Sexual abuse as well as actions associated with each of these types of abuse.

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
A great source of information, resources, hotlines/helplines, and education offered in the state of Tennessee.

Stop It Now!
Stop It Now! offers adults tools they can use to prevent sexual abuse, stressing that all adults must accept the responsibility to recognize, acknowledge and confront the behaviors that lead to the sexual abuse of children. The national helpline number is available to adults and adolescents who have sexually abused or feel the urge to sexually abuse a child.

Links for Teachers

Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute
A site packed full of resources that are easy to understand. The research and publications page has a model for school counselor consultations. Other pages include diagnosis and treatment information, web and reading resources, news and a prevention plan.

Online internet safety curriculum for teachers to use with students in the classroom or community.

Teen Angels
Teenangels is a group of 13-18 year-old volunteers that have been specially trained by local law enforcement, and many other leading safety experts in all aspects of online safety, privacy, and security. After completion of the required training, the Teenangels run unique programs in schools to spread the word about responsible and safe surfing to other teens and younger kids, parents, and teachers.

Web Wise Kids uses state-of-the-art computer games, based on real-life scenarios, to teach kids and adults how to make wise online choices. Resources are made available at no charge (free!) for schools.

Internet Safety Resources

Compliance and Safety
This site provides general oneline safety tips, including some that apply to kids. It also provides safety tips on lots of other topics, too. 

Internet safety guides for parent by age groups. Gives parents comprehensive and easy to understand information on the types of risks their children may encounter as well as different internet technologies. The site has links to recommended internet safety tools for families as well as web sites for kids.

You'll find various internet safety training curriculum here that can be tailored to almost any environment of delivery - classroom, church, community, etc. The training can be taken online. I-Parent teaches family safety, I-Fifty+ is for grandparents and seniors, I-mentor is designed to students teach others how to protect themselves online, I-Shield is designed to help law enforcement members fight internet crime.

This comprehensive website has information for parents, educators, law enforcement, teens and kids. The site is vibrant and interactive with easy to read educational pages, real stories and videos. It's available in Spanish too.

Safe Kids
A resource for parents, kids and teens on how to navigate the internet safely. The site even includes a family contract for online safety complete with a Kids' Pledge and Parents' Pledge.

Kids Health
Resources for parents and kids about health and safety. This page takes you to a section on internet safety. 

Links for Kids'

ALA's Great Websites for Kids
The American Library Association has compiled a directory of website just for kids that are grouped into categories. Brief descriptions of the websites are below the links.

FBI Safety Tips
Seven tips from the FBI for kids ages 5 to 12 to protect themselves from being abducted.
A colorful site with games, activities, and email for kids.

Prevent Child Abuse
Hotline numbers and printable activities for kids.

Safe Kids
Rules for kids about online safety.

Safe Teens
Easy to read tips pages for teen on blogging and using the internet safely.

Pages for Kids, Tweens and Teens. There's a quiz to see if you've been cyber-bullied, and a search engine that gives protected results to kids, and online games.

A place for students to hang out, learn about cyber safety and share their online experiences with others.

Local Resources for Children and Families

Children's Museum
A unique and special interactive museum just for kids. The museum is packed with quality informal learning experiences that are both fun and educational. The hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children to discover science, math, health, art and more - in a fun new way.

Commission on Missing and Exploited Children
The Commission on Missing and Exploited Children promotes the safety and protection of the Mid-South's children through printed and online resources for parents and caregivers.

Exchange Club Family Center
The Exchange Club offers programs and services in Child Abuse & Family Violence, Parenting Education, and Anger Management. The mission of the Exchange Club Family Center is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by replacing abusive and violent behavior with effective parenting skills.

Family Safety Center
The Family Safety Center is a one-stop-shop for domestic violence intervention and support. Modeled after the child advocacy center model, the Family Safety Center brings key professionals in one centralized location. Our local center started as a program at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. The Memphis CAC provided leadership and administrative support until the center was ready to operate on its own.

Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents
A state of the art children’s hospital with critical care and emergency services.

Memphis Court Appointed Special Advocates
A Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. CASA uses these volunteers to provide an unbiased voice for the child in court. Their efforts help to assure safe permanent homes for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Memphis Library
Not only is the library a great source for books and other literature, it hosts a community information referral service that can be accessed online or by dialing 211. The website has special pages for teens and for kids.

Pink Palace and Lichterman Nature Center
The Pink Palace Museum offers opportunities to explore the cultural and natural history of the Mid-South through exciting exhibits, dioramas and audio-visuals. The museum also hosts an IMAX theatre with a screen that is 4 stories high. As a 65 acre urban nature center located in the center of Memphis, the Lichterman Nature Center offers its visitors nature walks, wildlife programs, plant sales, festivals and many other entertaining activities.

Porter-Leath Children’s Center
For over 150 years, Porter-Leath has been a primary resource for Memphis' at-risk children and families. Porter-Leath has five key programs designed to help children to become successful adults: Head Start, Spoonfuls, Cornerstone, Connections, and Generations.

Tennessee Children's Advocacy Centers
TNCAC supports local CAC’s through training, technical support and leadership on a statewide level. Their new website is a great resource for professionals and parents, providing information about training opportunities, TN abuse statistics, and links to organizations nationwide. Click here to check out a great video on the site on child advocacy centers and the investigative process.

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
As an independent state agency, The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) has a primary mission of advocacy for improving the quality of life for Tennessee children and families. TCCY works with state agencies, juvenile courts, child advocacy groups, interested citizens and other organizations to improve services to children.

Tennessee Help
The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services site is designed to assist legal aid professionals and advocates. The website has three sections: The first section is for advocates and has links to the state's legal aid directory, document library and links to task forces; the second is a registry of over 3599 social service agencies; third is a listing of free booklets about legal rights for individuals.

United Way of the Mid-South
The official site for services in the Mid-South that include areas of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Find United Way partner agencies, giving and volunteer opportunities as well as news and events.

National Resources on Child Protection

American Humane
American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. American Humane also raises awareness about The Link® between animal abuse and other forms of violence, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. APSAC tries to fulfill this mission in a number of ways, most notably through providing education and other sources of information to professionals who work in the child maltreatment and related fields.

Childhelp USA
A leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment.

Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services. The website offers an abundance of resources, information and links.

Children's Defense Fund
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) communicates with legislators and policy-makers on behalf of children, paying particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Its banner programs are Healthy Start, Head Start, Fair Start, Safe Start and Moral Start.

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) supports individuals and organizations working to protect children from abuse and neglect worldwide. Most information is available for its members. Some resources are available in Spanish.

Office of Justice Programs
One of the better known Office of Justice strategies is its Weed and Seed strategy. Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors "weed out" violent criminals and drug abusers while public agencies and community-based organizations "seed" prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration programs. Some initiatives include Project Safe Childhood and the National Sex Offender Registry.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s® (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation and help find missing children. The website serves as a clearinghouse of information and operates a CyberTipline that the public may use to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation. Available in Spanish.

National Child Care Information Center
The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC) is a service of the Child Care Bureau that links its users to early care and education information. Their online library is the largest collection of summaries and links to full-text publications about child care and early childhood education. The online Child Care Bulletin a 50-state summary of state child care plans and policies. Available in Spanish.

National Children's Advocacy Center
The mission of the NCAC is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and protection through services, education, and leadership.

National Children’s Alliance
National Children's Alliance (NCA) is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to victims of severe child abuse. NCA provides services to Children's Advocacy Centers, multidisciplinary teams and professionals across the country.

National Parent Information Network
The Network site offers creative, innovative and interactive educational software and services that empower students of all ages. There is homework help, online tutoring and anger management tools.

National Resource Center on Health and Safety in Child Care
The National Resource Center is located at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation. Resources and toolkits are available for parents and child care providers. Pages are offered in Spanish.

One with Courage
One with Courage is a national initiative centered around the courage it takes to talk about child sexual abuse and the unique role children's advocacy centers play in providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse.

Parents Anonymous
Parents Anonymous® Groups are groups of parents who meet weekly (free of charge) to support one another, learn new parenting strategies and create long lasting positive changes in their families. Groups are co-led by parents and professional Group Facilitators. Check the site to find one near you.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) is a nationwide organization with nearly 40 state chapters that is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. PCAA offers education, resources and advocacy to help strengthen families, engage communities, and place value on children.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

The Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
The Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center (SRCAC) is a project of the National Children's Advocacy Center funded through the Department of Justice to provide training and technical assistance to communities working to provide a coordinated, collaborative response to child abuse. SRCAC serves Washington DC and the 16 southeastern states, including Tennessee.

Primary Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team Agencies

Department of Children Services Child Abuse Reporting System
Ever wonder when you should report suspected child abuse or what goes into making a report? DCS does a great job of simply explaining Tennessee’s mandatory reporting law regarding child abuse, how to report child abuse, and how DCS investigates reported abuse.

Memphis Police Department
This site contains a wealth of information, updates and links for Memphis residents. There are safety and burglary tips, traffic information, a crime mapper, a sign up for cyberwatch alerts and you can view most wanted lists.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Find information and resources on child safety, the DCS provider directory, adoption and foster care information, information on juvenile justice, and DCS services and news.

Shelby County District Attorney General
Find news releases from the D.A.'s office, information on special prosecution units, annual report and more.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department
The Sheriff's site has information on the different divisions of the office, resource pages such as sex offenders, meth offenders, wrecker service, TN's SafeHaven law, and crime reports and tracking.