Child Abuse Bureau

CARE House

The Child Abuse Bureau (CAB) consists of two attorneys, two victim advocates and one secretary. CAB is located at CARE House, the local child advocacy center. The attorneys in this division prosecute felony child abuse cases, including physical and sexual abuse cases when the victim is less than 13 years old. CAB also prosecutes cases where the victim is 13 to 18 years old and the offender is a family or household member. Additionally, CAB handles cases where the victim is up to 21 years old and is mentally or physically handicapped. The attorneys are responsible for child abuse criminal cases starting with the filing/approval stage, Grand Jury, Pretrial motions/hearings and the trial. A victim advocate is assigned to each case to support the victims and their families throughout the case. The victim advocate also helps the family obtain medical care, counseling and other services.

The Child Abuse Bureau is part of the CARE Team, the local multi-disciplinary response to child abuse, which also includes Children's Services, Children's Medical Center (doctors, social workers, therapists, psychologists), the Dayton Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and the other law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County.