About Us

The Children’s Advocacy Center: The Emmy Haney House (CAC) was established as a private, non-profit agency in 1991 to provide a safe and caring environment for hurting children to receive the services they need in one comprehensive facility. We help victims become children again and lead normal, healthy, productive lives, thereby breaking the cycle of abuse. While we are not a residential facility, the CAC is uniquely designed to serve children who have experienced the unimaginable.

The CAC is nationally-accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) and provides forensic interviews, medical examinations, therapy, and family advocacy, which are offered at no charge to children referred by the Department of Children’s Services or law enforcement. The CAC also provides community education programs to parents, educators, and youth-serving professionals, as well as children’s groups.

The CAC facilitates the teamwork essential for effective intervention and healing and is essentially the "child's office" - a location where all professionals and agencies responsible for investigating and providing services can provide a coordinated response on a child's developmentally appropriate level. This prevents the potential re-victimization of the child by requiring the child to travel to many different locations to be interviewed and served by many different adult "strangers."

We do not take reports of child abuse. To report suspected or disclosed abuse, call 1-877-54-ABUSE (22873) or visit the TN Department of Children's Services reporting portal online.


CAC Executive Director

 

Kristen Pavlik McCallie

Kristen was born and raised in Wolcott, Connecticut, a suburb between Hartford and New Haven. Kristen is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut where she completed her Masters of Arts in Women Studies, where she had a concentration in violence against women.

In 2015, Kristen relocated to Chattanooga to be closer to family, and was hired at the CAC as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In 2017, after being the Interim ED for about a year Kristen was made the Executive Director of the CAC. During her time there she has supported the 15 staff in serving children who are victims of child sexual abuse in Hamilton County.

Kristen is an active member of the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers Board of Directors and enjoys taking in Chattanooga’s growing culinary scene.

Kristen is married to Dr. Michael McCallie, the Director of Guitar Programs at the McCallie School. They have a daughter, Nora McCallie, who is 2 years old and an eight year old miniature dachshund named Kiwi.


CAC Board of Directors

Officers

  • Michelle Holland, Co-Chair
  • Jennie Hobbs, Co-Chair
  • Amy Gouger, Treasurer
  • Katie Warren, Assistant Treasurer
  • Molly Cooper, Secretary
  • Ellis Lord
  • Jay Dale

Members

  • Gary Behler
  • Kristin Bell
  • John Buhrman
  • Jennifer Cooper
  • Lynn Cross
  • Lee Cureton
  • Jay Dale
  • Todd Dockery
  • Carla Donina
  • Irv Ginsburg
  • Cindy Huth
  • Kathy Kulisek
  • Katie Larue
  • Pam McKenney
  • Jessica Shriner
  • Todd Smith

Honorary Lifetime Member

  • Emmy Haney, Lifetime Member