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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.


Continuing growth for the CAC

We are always looking for ways to continue educating ourselves, as well as our communities, and growing our CAC to continue to accommodate the needs of the children and families that we serve. Yesterday we got new carpet in our facility and it has changed the look entirely! We are excited about the new carpet as our old carpet was worn and had become a safety hazard.Thank You to Moores Home Center, here in Trenton, for working around our schedule and installing the carpet, it looks great! #Essential4KidsCarpet


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Mental Health services continue during COVID-19

The past three-plus months have presented a steep learning curve for professional counselors, especially with the pandemic causing disruptions and difficulties with something at the heart of their work: connecting with people. Many counselors in clinical settings responded to these new realities by ceasing in-person interactions and quickly getting up to speed to offer client sessions via telebehavioral health. Many of these professionals navigated a similar scramble to that of their clinical counseling colleagues, having to adopt and use new technologies so they could continue supporting children online. Despite the widely reported rise in mental health concerns connected to or intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic, some counselors are facing income loss because of a decrease in clients. That’s due in part to many clients experiencing financial struggles of their own, including loss of insurance.

To minimize the risk of infection, our counselor, has been sanitizing her office and waiting room after every client, washing her hands regularly, and opening the door for each client so they don’t have to touch the doorknob. She has also posted a sign on her office door asking that people who are sick or have a fever not enter. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic we were billing insurance for the counseling session regardless for those who had or hadn't had a forensic interview along with providing a sliding scale for those without insurance. This remains the same as we strive to continue providing mental health services at as little to no out of pocket cost to the families we serve. We understand that some families are not comfortable being out and about as of yet, in light of this we are offering both telebehavioral health as well as in person visits. 

For more information about our mental health services please feel free to call our office during office hours and speak with Amanda White.  #Essential4Kids

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Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness

April was child abuse awareness month! The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. One of our biggest jobs here at the Advocacy Center is not only to raise awareness for child abuse, but to teach communities signs and symptoms of child abuse so that they know exactly what to look for. Since COVID-19 has caused daycares and schools to shut down, hotline calls have dropped by more than 50%!! We know that child abuse is happening, it’s just not getting reported. Scary right? If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline number at 1-800-392-3738. If you have any questions about child abuse feel free to call us at 660-359-2874. #Essential4Kids

Photo: Child & Family Advocate Ashlay Berry provided awareness by putting pinwheels in the 5 points park here in Trenton, MO. Thank you Ashlay!

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Safety measures during COVID-19 crisis

Thank you to the Grundy County Health Department for providing us with this sign reminding people of the importance of wearing masks, keeping our hands clean and practicing social distancing. We are continuing our safety precautions here at the Advocacy Center such as limiting the amount of people in the building at any given time, providing masks and hand sanitizer upon request, allowing an hour in between appointments to allow for disinfecting the premises and continuing to do as much as we can remotely. The staff at the Advocacy Center has been conducting all meetings via Zoom and has cancelled all events and trainings. Also, we are providing a telehealth service for counseling so that we can continue to provide mental health services while continuing to keep ourselves and the families we serve safe. Please continue to follow these safety precautions as we all continue to do our part to get through the COVID-19 crisis.  #Essential4Kids

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Champagne & Diamonds Event Cancellation

Due to the unforeseen circumstances that have taken place, the Champagne & Diamonds event that was to be held on June 13, 2020 stands cancelled.

We had been preparing for this event for a long time and so it saddens us to a great extent to cancel it at this time. The reasons for the same were beyond our control. However, we shall be organizing this event in the near future and hope to see you there.

Keep your eyes and ears open, and make sure to like our  FB page, because we will be having some raffles coming up of some amazing items that you wont want to miss!

 

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