advocacy center


ottawa county | Michigan



The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Children’s Advocacy Center believe child abuse is a community problem. Past experience has taught us that no single agency can possibly meet all the needs of sexually victimized children and their families. Experience has also taught us that taking child victims from agency to agency over and over for multiple interviews, traumatizes the children and, in fact, re­victimizes them. We are committed to providing a coordinated, multi­disciplinary team approach including Protective Services, Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Medical and Mental Health professionals. It is our goal to provide programs and support services for child victims and their families which will enable them to heal emotionally and physically.

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Our Wish List

CAC welcomes the donations we have listed.  These products help us on a daily basis and are greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to drop off items at our office 12125 Union Street, Holland, MI 49424.

Washable markers, acrylic paints, small art canvases, paint brushes, tempera paint scrapbooking materials, Hobby Lobby and Michael's gift cards.  Moldable clay (non-bake variety).  Stickers: bees, bugs, hearts, dots, smiling faces, band-aids,  Glitter glue, Glue dots, journals, and thin and regular Sharpies.

Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, bottled water, Sam's Club and Meijer's gift cards.

Copy paper, postage stamps, DVD-R black discs, manilla file folders (1/3 cut), office supply store gift cards.

Sanitizing wipes, tissues, paper towel rolls, hand soap, Sam's Club gift cards, gas cards and fast food restaurant cards for court days.

Donated breakfast and lunches for Center tours and Multidisciplinary Team case review meetings, frequent flier miles for staff to use for training, and advertising space in print and broadcast media.. 

For more information on donation opportunities, please contact Rebekah Bakker, Development Director, at
616-393-6123 or rbakker@cac-ottawa.org

Volunteer Opportunities

In order to volunteer at the Children's Advocacy Center, all potential applicants must fill out an application and pass (2) background checks. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Andrea Torres, Volunteer Coordinator, at atorres@cac-ottawa.org or 616-393-6123. The following is our list of the different volunteer positions:

child room waiting room supervision

Assists with providing comfort to anxious and distressed children before/after their interview. When child abuse investigators are meeting with the children's parents, children will be supervised by this volunteer. Activities include reading, art projects, puzzles, etc. 

Facility volunteer

Assists with the facility maintenance and cleaning, yard maintenance, snow removal, etc. This volunteer service can be on-going or on an as needed basis. 

Community volunteer

Any person and/or group that provides service through donations, fund raising, or time spent doing a one-time project. This may include such things as seasonal decorating, planting flower beds, making quilts, making cookies, etc. 

office volunteer

Assists with answering phones, filing, welcoming visitors, directing families to appropriate areas, making copies and packet preparation, This volunteer service is on an as needed basis. 

practicum student

College and High School students who require practicum experience may volunteer at the Center. They will be supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator and offsite school practicum advisers. Students under age 18 must fill out the proper paperwork and have a letter of recommendation from a teacher. ***Students under age 18 will not be able to volunteer at any fundraising event serving alcohol. 

event committee

We currently have (3) main fundraising events annually. Each event has a separate event committee that meets anywhere from 5-7 times before each event. (Usually of a 4-5 month span). By agreeing to this commitment, you will attend all meetings and assist in soliciting donations, sponsorship's, new event attendees, etc.