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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.


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



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!


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


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!



Precautions during COVID-19 Pandemic

We have had some questions about whether we are still open for business and conducting forensic interviews during this time of social distancing.  The answer is yes.  The safety of children is a priority.  The change in their routine, care, home confinement, etc., can cause a change in behavior and put them at a higher risk of abuse.  Here are the guidelines we are using at this time:

  1. It is business as usual for forensic interviews providing the child has been fever free without medication for 24 hours.  We ask for MDT assistance in assessing this prior to scheduling.  We will assess while on-site as well.
  2. We request only one caretaker bring only the victim child(ren).
  3. We will be spacing our interviews out a little further to allow for extra cleaning between interviews.
  4. We ask that MDT also attend only if they are not ill and have been fever free without medication for 24 hours.
  5. We ask you to consider delaying non-emergency interviews if you want to attend the interview and have been in contact with a co-worker or have a family member that is exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness or fever.
  6. We are making available to the family and MDT information on COVID-19 and the use of hand sanitizer while on site.
  7. Counseling has been discontinued at this time however families may expect some contact via phone.
  8. All in-person meetings, including Case Reviews will be conducted via web conferencing.  A few already scheduled have been put on hold until such time it can be determined all partners have access to do this.
  9. Community and fundraising events have been cancelled at this time, some expected to be rescheduled.

We thank you for grace and understanding and know that there is great struggle on your end as well.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Our office will remain open at this time.


Verna Kelsey

Executive Director


Champagne & Diamonds Date Change

On Friday, the Governor issued a state of emergency for Missouri. The CDC is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. In light of this we are moving the date of our Champagne & Diamonds event to June 13, 2020. It will still be located at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge with the same start time of 5 PM. We hope that this doesn't cause any scheduling conflicts and still hope to see everyone there. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the office at 660-359-2874.


Darkness 2 Light Training presented to Laredo R-VII

Child and Family Advocate, Ashlay Berry presented the Darkness to Light's: Stewards of Children child sexual abuse training to the teachers and staff at the Laredo R-VII school district. Since teachers spend a majority of the time with your children during the year, it is very important that they are trained to spot the signs of child sexual abuse, how to respond when a child discloses abuse, and how to report the abuse. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our children safe! Laredo

Fun was had by all at the 1st Annual Run, Walk, Wag 5K Fun Run/Walk

Thank you so much to everyone who came out for North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center and Green Hills Animal Shelter's First Annual "Run, Walk, Wag"!

Whether you ran, walked, wagged, cheered, sponsored or volunteered, we are so grateful to you for joining us and helping to make this event a success!

We hope everyone who came out had a wonderful time, and if you weren't able to join us, we hope you will enjoy these pics from the event and be able to join us next year.

Thank you again to everyone for your support! We are proud and thankful to be a part of a such a generous and supportive community! COllage

Darkness to Light Training presented to UMKC

On January 27, 2020 Child and Family Advocate, Ashlay Berry, presented the Steward's of Children: Darkness to Light training at the University of Missouri-Kansas (UMKC) in Kansas City, MO. She presented to graduate and doctoral level pediatric nurse practitioners. This training is great for any type of medical field that sees children in their offices because it helps medical professionals to spot child sexual abuse during exams and what to do when a child discloses to them. UMKC