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October 2022

NORTH CENTRAL MISSOURI CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER EARNS REACCREDITATION FROM NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE

 

National Children’s Alliance recognizes the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center for its ongoing delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation.

 Trenton, MO (October 24, 2022) – The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center has been awarded reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

Accredited CACs must undergo a reaccreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2017, reaccreditation this year reflects the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice.

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center was established in 2003, first accredited in 2004, re-accredited in 2010 and 2015 respectfully.  The Center goes through the accreditation process every five years.  Services provided include forensic interviews, advocacy and support, trauma counseling, multi-disciplinary team case reviews, case tracking, and medical referral for the rural Missouri counties of:  Caldwell, Carroll, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan.  The Center provided services to 218 children throughout 2021.  Cases can take up to two years to reach resolution. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective multidisciplinary team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child-focused setting.

“As an organization/team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of maintaining Accredited status from National Children’s Alliance. Reaccreditation not only validates our organization’s dedication to proven effective approaches of child abuse intervention and prevention but also contributes to consistency across the Children’s Advocacy Center movement as a whole,” said Verna Kelsey, Executive Director of center.

“The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration. By requiring Accredited Centers to undergo reaccreditation every five years, we ensure that evidence-based practices are being implemented and the highest quality of service is being provided,” remarked Teresa Huizar, executive director of National Children’s Alliance.

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The mission of the North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center is to reduce the traumatic long-term effects of child abuse on children, their families and communities through coordinated child-focused services, education and advocacy.  Our role is to assist n the prevention, assessment, protection, investigation, and treatment of cases of child abuse using a multi-disciplinary team approach ~ Protecting Children, Promoting Justice ~

National Children’s Alliance makes one big difference, one child and one voice at a time. As the nonprofit association and accrediting body providing comprehensive care through hundreds of Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide, we unify and amplify our voices to command better outcomes. With a forward-thinking approach that stays at the forefront of every child’s future, we are the beginning of child abuse’s end. For more information, visit nationalchildrensalliance.org.

                          

 


Facility Improvement Grant

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center has been awarded a facility improvement grant in the amount of $43,902 by the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF). Funds are to address existing and aging infrastructure projects that enhance child abuse and neglect, prevention, identification, and treatment efforts in Missouri. The Children’s Trust Fund is Missouri’s foundation for child abuse prevention.


VOCA Grant Re-newal

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center has been approved for a one-year renewal of a Victim’s of Crime Act (VOCA) grant in the amount of $109,504. These funds assist in the provision of services to children reported to have been abused and their non-offending caretaker in the following counties: Caldwell, Carroll, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Putnam, and Sullivan. Services provided include forensic interviews, support and advocacy, multi-disciplinary team case reviews, and case tracking, utilizing a trauma sensitive approach with the child as the focus. The grant period runs from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.