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Children's Advocacy Centers


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Children's Advocacy Centers coordinate the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by utilizing multidisciplinary teams of professionals involved in child protective and victim advocacy services, law enforcement and prosecution, and physical and mental health.

Children's Advocacy Centers must include the following components:
  • Child-appropriate facility.
  • Multidisciplinary team.
  • Designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations.
  • Culturally competent policies and practices.
  • Forensic interviews conducted in an objective, nonduplicative manner.
  • Medical evaluation and treatment.
  • Therapeutic intervention.
  • Victim support/advocacy.
  • Case review and tracking.
Four regional centers provide consultation and training and technical assistance services to communities that are developing local centers and also services to strengthen existing centers. The regional centers work cooperatively with the National Children's Alliance, which provides national leadership and advocacy for local centers. The Alliance also provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities that are planning, establishing, or improving local centers.

The National Children's Advocacy Center, dedicated to developing and researching best practice models, provides education, training and professional services to promote excellence in child abuse response and prevention. The Native American Children's Alliance is an intertribal, cross-mentoring organization whose mission is to inspire and support the development, growth, and maintenance of multi-disciplinary teams and Children's Advocacy Centers in Native American and Alaska Native communities in their efforts to address child abuse.
Programs and FundingTop  
Each year, the National Children's Alliance releases its request for proposals to provide monetary subgrants to existing and developing Children's Advocacy Centers. Applications and information are available on the National Children's Alliance website.
Victims of Child Abuse Act Support for Children's Advocacy Centers Programs
Research and EvaluationTop  
The National Institute of Justice has published a resource book to assist administrators of Children's Advocacy Centers in program evaluation.
Training and Technical AssistanceTop  
The four regional centers provide training and technical assistance to existing and developing center programs. The National Children's Advocacy Center and the National Children's Alliance also provide training and technical assistance.
Training and Technical Assistance Contact(s)
Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
Children’s Business Campus
5901 Lincoln Drive
Edina, MN 55436
952-992-6907 (fax) 
 Kori Stephens
Project Director
National Children's Advocacy Center
210 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-534-6883 (fax) 
 Chris Newlin
Executive Director
National Children’s Alliance
516 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-548-0099 (fax) 
 Teresa Huizar
Executive Director
Native American Children’s Alliance
210 Pratt Avenue, NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
216-321-7989 (fax) 
 Linda Logan
Executive Director
Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Philadelphia Children's Alliance
300 East Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124
 Teresa Smith
Project Director
Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
210 Pratt Avenue NE
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-327-3818 (fax) 
 Karen Hangartner
Project Director
Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center
3020 Children's Way MC 5016
San Diego, CA 92123
 Charles Wilson
Senior Director/Proj. Director
OJJDP Publication(s)
Child Physical Abuse: A Guide to the CAC Response
OJJDP-Sponsored, April 2018. The National Children's Alliance convened a workgroup on CACs delivering evidence-based interventions to meet the specific needs of physical abuse victims, and this guide presents their considerations, tips, and resources. NCJ 251753
Evaluating Children's Advocacy Centers' Response to Child Sexual Abuse
Bulletin, August 2008. Describes an evaluation of the effectiveness of four prominent Children’s Advocacy Centers and comparison communities in coordinating child abuse investigations and providing victim services. Available online only. 12 pages. NCJ 218530.
PDF(306 KB) 
Healing, Justice, and Trust: A National Report on Outcomes for Children's Advocacy Centers
OJJDP-Sponsored. 2016. This report details the role of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) and the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) that help CACs evaluate their programs to increase the quality of services provided to children and families and improve the collaborative efforts of multidisciplinary team members. 12 pages. NCJ 250688.
Healing, Justice, and Trust: A National Report on Outcomes for Children's Advocacy Centers 2015
OJJDP-Sponsored. This report details the role of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) and the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) that help CACs evaluate their programs to increase the quality of services provided to children and families and improve the collaborative efforts of multidisciplinary team members. The report provides highlights from 2015 annual national data to show how CACs are achieving these three goals: healing, justice and trust. 12 pages. 2015. NCJ 250689
National Children's Alliance 2017 Annual Report
OJJDP-Sponsored, April 2018. The 2017 annual report from the National Children's Alliance includes progress on NCA 2020, their five-year strategic plan, statistics, and data from more than 60,000 caregivers and partners. NCJ 252703. 24 pages.
National Children's Alliance Annual Report 2018
OJJDP-Sponsored, April 2019. National Children's Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for a network of 881 Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs). NCA administered nearly $10.4 million in grant funds in 2018. The grants supported mental health services, services to youth with problematic sexual behaviors, expanding the number of CACs in the country to reach underserved populations, expanding and improving the services that CACs provide, and more. NCJ 252842. 28 pages.
Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation 
9/25/2019 - 9/26/2019
NCAC Training Center
Huntsville, Alabama
Child Sexual/Physical Abuse Investigations in Today's Law Enforcement Climate (Webinar)
9/26/2019 - 9/26/2019
2-3:30 p.m. ETSatellite/Web Based
Virginia Crimes Against Children Conference 
9/30/2019 - 10/2/2019
Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666
Hampton, Virginia
Victim Advocacy Training 
10/1/2019 - 10/3/2019
National Children's Advocacy Center
Huntsville, Alabama
Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can't We Be More Like CSI? (Webinar)
10/10/2019 - 10/10/2019
2-3:30 p.m. ETSatellite/Web Based
National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect 
10/23/2019 - 10/25/2019
The Salt Lake Co District Attorney's Office
Salt Lake City, Utah
Understanding the Darknet (Webinar)
11/7/2019 - 11/7/2019
2-3:30 p.m. ETSatellite/Web Based
Chaplains and CACs: Effective Collaborations to Address the Spiritual Impact of Abuse (Webinar)
12/5/2019 - 12/5/2019
2-3:30 p.m. ETSatellite/Web Based

National Children’s Alliance
Provides training, technical assistance, publications, statutes, links, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children's Advocacy Centers.

National Children's Advocacy Center
Provides training, prevention, intervention and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect and research on NCAC models and other child abuse issues.

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