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National Children’s Alliance Releases 2017 Annual Report

Last week, the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) released their 2017 Annual Report, which can be found here. This report highlights an impressive year for CACSD’s accrediting organization in which 854 Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) served 334,626 children across the United States. Other notable highlights from this report include:

  • 207,516 kids received evidence-based, healing mental health treatments
  • 1,414,052 individuals – including victims’ brothers, sisters, parents and other family members – received case management services through CACs
  • 1,905,892 people were provided child abuse prevention training through CACs
  • 974 clinicians and other professionals received training from NCA
  • Between 2014-2017, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding to CACs has skyrocketed from $21 million to $141 million
  • 95% of caregivers agree that CACs provide them with resources to support their children
  • 97% of team members believe clients benefit from the collaborative approach of the MDT
  • If caregivers knew anyone else who was dealing with a situation like the one their family faced, 97% would tell that person about the center

As NCA looks towards 2018, the organization also seeks to re-authorize and double Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) funding Chapters and CACs (from $21 million to $45 million), expand key strategic partnerships with government agencies and military installations, continue its ‘Thriving Kids Initiative’ for high-quality, evidence-based mental health services and launch a CAC-led, survivor-oriented public awareness campaign.

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NCA is the national association and accrediting body for CACs. Formed in 1988, NCA has been providing support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children for more than 25 years.  A Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.

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