History of MCCAC
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model was developed in the mid-1980s in Huntsville, Alabama. Since that time, the model has spread throughout the nation and there are now over 1,000 CAC’s operating in the United States and 27 other countries. The Morgan County Child Advocacy Center embraces the model of a child-focused agency working with community partners from many disciplines. These disciplines include law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, and specialized medical personnel working together to ensure excellence in the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases. The CAC opened its doors to children in August 2006 and the first forensic interview was conducted that year. The CAC’s services have expanded since that time and we are providing much-needed services to more children and families every year. The CAC provides Forensic Interviews, Victim Advocacy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and monthly Case Review with our agency partners (referred to as the Multidisciplinary Team or MDT).
Staff & Board of Directors
Misty Cowger, B. A., Executive Director
Whitney Gower, B.S., Lead Victim Advocate/Forensic Interviewer
Gracie Little, BSW, Victim Advocate/Forensic Interviewer
Stephanie Losey-Naumann, MSW, LMSW, Clinical Coordinator
Elizabeth Slimak, MSW, Therapist/Victim Advocate
Jezebel, Canine Companions Facility Dog
Board of Directors
Scott Anderson, Chair, Morgan County District Attorney
Lainie Alexander, Vice Chair
Faye Tallent, Secretary
Meredith Matthews, Treasurer
In April 2021, the Morgan County CAC was matched with Canine Companions for Independence® Facility Dog, Jezebel (“Jezzy”). Jezebel is an expertly trained facility dog placed with Misty Cowger to provide services to the children and families served by the CAC. Jezebel was one of eight puppies born on September 6, 2018 in Santa Rosa, California and was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jezebel responds to Jezzy and Jez and was named prior to being placed at the CAC.
Jezebel loves to meet new people, and it is apparent that she loves working with children and families at the CAC. Jezebel uses her commands and behaviors to mitigate the stress and anxiety of the children and families served by the CAC during forensic interviews, therapy sessions, and court hearings. When she’s not working, Jezebel loves to play fetch and nap!
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