Monday - Friday From 8 AM to 5 PM
3535 W 13th, Ste 121 Grand Island, NE 68803

Our Mission

First Light

To help children and families by ensuring collaborative child abuse investigations and advocacy, in a safe child-friendly environment.

First Light Overview

Little girl enjoying the colorful leaves during autumn

The Center is a non-profit organization that offers all services to child victims and non-offending family members at no cost. CNCAC serves victims of physical abuse, sexual assault, witness to a violent crime, placed in a drug endangered environment, and/or are recovered from a kidnapping are interviewed by forensically-trained professionals in a relaxed manner.

Coverage Area

First Light Central Nebraska Child Advocacy Center (CNCAC) proudly serves the following 10 Nebraska counties; Hall, Howard, Hamilton, Merrick, Garfield, Greeley, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster and Wheeler. However, through collaboration with other child advocacy center’s within the State of Nebraska, we do offer courtesy interviews.

The First Light CNCAC Environment

First Light CNCAC is a child-friendly and safe environment where children can express themselves in a relaxed setting.

Benefits of Accessing First Light CNCAC

  • Limiting the number of times a child is interviewed.
  • Interviewed by certified trained forensic interviewers.
  • Quality support and advocacy.
  • Referral to licensed therapists who are trained to address traumatic issues.
  • Trained medical personnel to complete forensic medical exams.
  • Hair and nail follicle tests to determine if a child is exposed to drugs.
  • MDT coordination to ensure each child receives appropriate services.
  • Assist and prepare children and families for upcoming court hearings.
  • Case management and case coordination.

Services Provided by First Light CNCAC

  • Forensic Interviews: A fact finding video and audio recorded interview of children generally aged 3 – 18 years of age who are alleging physical abuse, sexual assault, witness to a violent crime, placed in a drug endangered environment, and/or recovered from a kidnapping.
  • Advocacy: Providing support to child victims and non-offending family members through the investigation, court process, and receiving appropriate resources for addressing the trauma.
  • Case Management: The First Light CNCAC Child and Family Services Advocate is available to provide on-going advocacy, case tracking, and monitoring throughout the case.
  • Referral: First Light CNCAC has established linkage agreements with licensed therapists who have completed the necessary trauma training and can provide timely and quality services to the child-victims and non-offending family members served at the Center.
  • Multi-disciplinary Teams (MDT): The Center’s MDT Coordinator is responsible for coordinating meetings within each county that includes law enforcement, county attorney, Health and Human Services, school staff, mental health providers, medical personnel, and a variety of other community providers who can actively respond to investigations and address appropriate treatment measures within a confidential setting.
  • Medical: Trained medical personnel are available to provide forensic sexual assault examinations, forensic medical examinations and wellness checks for child victims 3-18 years of age seen at the Center where a need is evident to assist with ensuring their health is cared for and for investigative purposes.
  • Hair Testing: At the request of Health and Human Services, law enforcement, and county attorneys; trained First Light CNCAC personnel provide hair or nail follicle testing on child-victims to determine if they are placed in a drug endangered environment.
  • Training: A variety of trainings are offered by First Light CNCAC personnel, which include: CNCAC 101, Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) 101, Introduction to Reporting, Darkness to Light and our annual training that includes bringing a national speaker to Central Nebraska.
  • Outreach: The Center welcomes opportunities to come and speak at your business, agency, and/or community group about the services provided at First Light CNCAC and the value of reporting; at no cost to you.