One of the main functions of CCA is to support local child advocacy centers that are seeking accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance.
The following program components are necessary for accredited membership in the national children’s alliance
Multidisciplinary Team: A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following:
Child Protective Services
Children’s Advocacy Center
Cultural Competency and Diversity: The Children’s Advocacy Center provides culturally competent services for all CAC clients throughout the duration on the case.
Forensic Interviews: Forensic interviews are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing and are conducted in a manner that is legally sound and of a neutral, fact finding nature.
Victim Support and Advocacy: Victim support and advocacy services are provided to all CAC clients and their caregivers as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.
Medical Evaluation: Specialized medical evaluations and treatment services are available to all CAC clients and are coordinated as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.
Mental Health: Evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health services, designed to meet the unique needs of children and caregivers, are consistently available as part of the Multidisciplinary Team response.
Case Review: A formal process on which multidisciplinary discussion and information sharing regarding the investigation, case status, and services needed by the child and family must occur on a routine basis.
Case Tracking: Children’s Advocacy Centers must develop and implement a system for monitoring case progress and tracking case outcomes for all Multidisciplinary Team components.
Organizational Capacity: A designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established and implements basic sound administrative policies and procedures.
Child-Focused Setting: The child-focused setting is comfortable, private, and both physically and psychologically safe for diverse populations of children and their family members.
For more information about Accreditation, visit the National Children’s Alliance website.