Memphis Child Advocacy Center

Child Sexual Abuse


Baryle Wight  guest on Betty Lamarr Show
( Memphis Child Advocacy Center)

Our Team Approach

Our team approach is what makes us unique. We have created a place where professionals can join forces to provide protection and justice.

Memphis was one of the first child advocacy centers in an association of almost 300 nationally to bring key child protection and investigative agencies under one roof.

The Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) is headquartered at the CAC and helps facilitate the multi-disciplinary approach to intervention, investigation, prosecution and treatment of abuse. We believe that child abuse is a community problem and no single agency has the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to provide the assistance needed by abused children and their families.

The mission of CPIT is, "to work together through a collaborative, inter-agency approach to ensure the best possible outcomes for children who are victims of sexual abuse and other severe physical abuse".

Adopted on January 6, 2006, the Child Protection Investigation Team Protocol partners key agencies in Shelby County to better serve children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse. The agencies listed below have developed the protocol to facilitate the “detection, intervention, prevention and treatment of child maltreatment in the Shelby County area. According to former District Attorney Bill Gibbons, “The protocol reflects the real spirit of cooperation we have among all law enforcement agencies and others involved in protecting the children of our community. It reflects a true team effort.

Partner Agencies

Info & Answers

At the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, we want to be a source of help and information for everyone in the community. The most powerful way to protect our children is to be sure that parents, volunteers, and professionals who work with our kids are well prepared.

Our prevention program features the Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training for parents, volunteers, or professionals at schools, community organizations, businesses, and faith-based organizations. We also provide policy consultation for any organization that serves children--helping to ensure safe settings for kids across our community.

For more information on training and consultation, contact  

How To Report Abuse

According to Tennessee law, ALL adults must report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. This includes doctors, police, teachers, parents, mental health professionals, child care providers, dentists, family members and friends.

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services is mandated by law to investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. If you live in Tennessee, immediately report your suspicions by calling the Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline at 1.877.237.0004. Someone is available 24/7.

Following are numbers to call if the suspected abuse or neglect is happening in other states outside of Tennessee:
When you call, it will be helpful if you can provide as much of the following information as possible:
If you believe that the child is in immediate danger, you should call your local police or sheriff’s office. To report to law enforcement:
Click here for more info on the Tennessee law which requires all adults to report suspected child abuse.

Kind regards

Betty J. Lamarr