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Kentucky Children's Advocacy Centers

A Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a child-focused environment to coordinate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse while helping abused children heal. CACs are located throughout the state and provide all services at no cost to a child's family.

Services include: forensic interviews, medical examinations, advocacy, counseling, and community education. For more information on Kentucky's CACs, please visit www.kacac.org or contact one of the local centers.

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Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center

103 E 12th Ave, Bowling Green, KY 42101

  • Phone: (270) 783-4357
  • Fax: (270) 783-8865

Judi’s Place for Kids

128 S College St, Pikeville, KY 41501

  • Phone: (606) 437-7447
  • Toll Free: (866) 437-7447
  • Fax: (606) 432-0508

Buffalo Trace Children’s Advocacy Center

224 Limestone St, Maysville, KY 41056

  • Phone: (606) 563-0572
  • Toll Free: (877) 563-0572
  • Fax: (606) 563-0574

Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass

162 N Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502

  • Phone: (859) 225-5437
  • Fax: (859) 225-1102

Cumberland Valley Children’s Advocacy Center

1130 E 4th St, London, KY 40741

  • Phone: (606) 878-9116
  • Fax: (606) 864-0853

Family & Children’s Place - Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center

1000 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40203

  • Phone: (502) 893-3900
  • Fax: (502) 893-9646

The Children's Advocacy Center of the Green River District

537 S Green St, Henderson, KY 42420

  • Phone: (270) 830-8400
  • Toll Free: (888) 989-8400
  • Fax: (270) 830-8262

Gateway Children's Advocacy Center

310 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351

  • Phone: (606) 780-7848
  • Toll Free: (888) 285-1655
  • Fax: (606) 780-0648

Kentucky River Children’s Advocacy CenterThe Care Cottage

465 Cedar St, Hazard, KY 41701

  • Phone: (606) 487-9173
  • Toll Free: (866) 248-6486
  • Fax: (606) 487-9171

Hope’s Place

1100 Greenup Ave, Ashland, KY 41101

  • Phone: (606) 325-4737
  • Toll Free: (866) 325-4737
  • Fax: (606) 325-9168

Lake Cumberland Children's Advocacy Center

472 S Main St, Jamestown, KY 42629

  • Phone: (270) 343-6922
  • Toll Free: (877) 588-4644
  • Fax: (270) 343-6006

Lincoln Trail Advocacy & Support Center

890 Rineyville Rd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

  • Phone: (270) 234-0577
  • Toll Free: (877) 672-2124
  • Fax: (270) 234-8367

Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center

4890 Houston Rd, Florence, KY 41042

  • Phone: (859) 442-3200
  • Fax: (859) 442-3201

Pennyrile Children’s Advocacy Center

409 E 7th St, Hopkinsville, KY 42240

  • Phone: (270) 881-1111
  • Fax: (270) 881-1105

Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center

Paducah, KY 42002

  • Phone: (270) 534-4422
  • Toll Free: (800) 928-7273
  • Fax: (270) 534-4409

State Resources

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK)
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is a statewide organization with the sole mission of preventing the abuse and neglect of Kentucky’s children. Through the provision of services such as parent education and support, training, and awareness resources, PCAK strives to enhance the community’s capacity to strengthen families. Through community involvement, public education and advocacy, PCAK empowers the community to become involved with this mission. PCAK also has a variety of printed materials, and printer friendly resources, such as a brochure on “What Everyone Should Know About Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.”

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs
The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. (KASAP) serves as the statewide coalition of Kentucky’s 13 Rape Crisis Centers. KASAP is involved on the state and local level by co-hosting an annual conference, offering technical assistance and training opportunities, publishing many works on sexual assault, and informing best-practices for services. KASAP serves as a resource in Kentucky for information and services related to sexual assault.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, Division of Protection and Permanency, child protection program has primary responsibility for receiving and investigating reports of alleged child abuse and neglect and for providing services to children and their families where abuse and neglect are found. It is also the responsibility of this program to educate and inform the community about issues of child abuse and neglect and the community’s responsibility in this area.

National Resources

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The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation
The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation’s mission is a unified effort to promote the healthy development of children & youth; and end their sexual abuse and exploitation.

Joyful Heart Foundation
The mission of the Joyful Heart Foundation is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. All activities are conducted with the underlying spirit of collaboration, supporting and affirming existing services for survivors and efforts to end violence and abuse.
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Child Protection Hot Line

If you believe a child is being abused, neglected or is dependent, please call the Child Protection Hot Line number below or the Protection and Permanency office in your county.

1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331 (Toll Free)​​​​

The online Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System is available for professionals to report non-emergency situations that do not require an immediate response from our staff. The website is monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. Reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays.

For information regarding reporting standards and investigation protocol, please review the Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Booklet.​​