The 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 spring 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 five Native American reservations, as well as northern South Dakota and Eastern Montana.
November 1996Task Force created in Bismarck to identify how to best serve sexually abused children.
February 1997Dakota Children's Advocacy Center established in Bismarck and first child served.
March 1997Sixteen Steps to a Legally Sound Interview Conference
1998Dakota CAC becomes an Accredited Member of the National Children's Alliance.
November 2001Child Abuse: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach Conference
2004Mental health services begin to be provided.
June 2005Case tracking database implemented.
2006Became a pilot site for the Treatment Collaborative to Traumatized Youth.
2006Trained and started offering Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
2007Staff become Certified Stewards of Children Trainers.
September 2007Savor the Flavor Fundraiser developed.
October 2007We move into our first contiguous space.
2008First Lunch-and-Learn held.
January 2009Sexual Deviance in the New Millennium Conference
2009Increased medical staff availability
April 2009Staff became Certified Happiest Baby on the Block facilitators.
2009Maggie joins our staff as our first therapy dog.
2010Emergency medical services begin to be offered.
December 2010Annual Giving Tree Campaign starts.
March 2011Sex Offenders: How They Think, What They Do Conference
January 2012Started disabilities taskforce.
2012Trained and started offering Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
April 2013Champions For Children Conference
April 2015Kids with Sexual Behavior Problems Conference
April 2015Trained and started offering Problem Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
October 2016Trained and started offering Parent Child Interactive Therapy.
April 2017We were awarded the FBI's Directors Community Leadership Award.
November 2017We become an Independent 501c3 and separate from our umbrella organization.
November 2017We move to our new location on East Central Avenue, at the top of the hill in Bismarck.
2020Dickinson, North Dakota, satellite location opens.
July 2021We expand to a new location on East Broadway Avenue in Bismarck.
The Dakota Children's Advocacy Center is an integral part of our team members’ ability to investigate and intervene in child abuse cases and to provide essential services needed to ensure Hope, Health, and Healing.