Helpful Info

Massachusetts law defines certain professionals as mandated reporters.  If you are one of these professionals and you have a suspicion or concern that a child is being abused or at risk of abuse or neglect you must file a child abuse report with the Department of Children and Families.  You can also report the abuse to local law enforcement officials, especially  when  you feel that the child is at imminent risk.  

The links below will provide you with additional information about the Department of Children and Families and  filing a report. 

In addition, we have added links to assist you in understanding the impact of trauma upon the development of children as well as how working with individuals with trauma can impact you. 

Thank you for your concern for the emotional and physical safety of children.


The Essex Children’s Advocacy Center has two locations to serve children and their families in both the southern portion of Essex County as well as the northern portion of Essex County.  Both locations are by appointment only.


Essex CAC strives to reduce the impact of trauma on victims and families, while increasing access to child and family advocates, medical evaluation and treatment, mental health referral and the criminal justice system.


The Essex CAC is a public-private partnership agency that works closely with key partners who have signed memorandums of understanding.  


The Essex CAC provides the following services: Multidisciplinary Team Investigation, Specialized Medical Evaluations and Consultation and referral for Trauma Informed Mental Health intervention.


What is Child Abuse and what can I do? Information for parents and professionals. Important links to relevant resources.

News & Events

The Essex CAC hosts and participates in events that further their goals to provide quality care and services to the community. Check back frequently to see what we are up to.


The Essex CAC services are offered by appointment only. For information please call the Essex CAC at 978-745-6610 Ext. 5173. For medical appointments and questions please call the PediSANE Nurse at 978-984-7535.

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