Resources from MGfC



For fathers


Resources from other organizations

Child sexual abuse and normal behavior

Legal resources

Massachusetts Children’s Advocacy Centers

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are a nationally recognized, empirically supported model, and are regularly evaluated to ensure that the highest level of services are provided. CACs are child-friendly centers where a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of professionals offer a coordinated response to allegations of child sexual and severe physical abuse. Find a CAC in your community.

CACs proactively assure that children and families are linked to medical, mental health, victim advocacy and other services as determined on a case-by-case basis. These services come at no cost to families and include:

  • Multidisciplinary teams interventions and forensic interviews
  • Victim advocacy
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Community education

Learn more about CACs from the Massachusetts Children's Alliance.

For children

For fathers

For teens

  • How to Help a Friend Who Discloses Abuse (Break the Cycle)
  • Love is Respect
    A national resource to prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering youth through inclusive and equitable education, support and resources.
  • RESPECTfully
    A statewide public awareness and prevention campaign that promotes healthy relationships to young people.

For adults and families



  • Children's Trust
    The Children's Trust programs partner with families to help them build the necessary skills and confidence to make sure children have safe and healthy childhoods.
  • Parents Helping Parents
    An organization that connects parents with parents in both virtual and community support groups to share challenges, express frustrations and ask questions.

Referrals and support

  • LINK-KID Referral for Trauma-Informed Services
    A centralized referral system for parents, caregivers, and child-serving professionals to refer children, ages 0-18, who might benefit from evidence -based trauma treatments in Massachusetts. | 855-LINK-KID (546.5543)
  • Parental Stress Hotline (available 24/7 from Parents Helping Parents)
    A toll-free, confidential helpline for parents who need to discuss issues related to their children. Trained volunteer counselors offer support, empathy, encouragement, information, referrals, and crisis intervention. | 800-632-8188

Resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

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