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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 1013
LOCAL CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION
Waterville, Maine – Children’s Advocacy Center of Kennebec & Somerset Counties, a program of Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the country, the National Children’s Alliance awards accreditation and membership to centers responding to child abuse in effective and efficient ways, and put the needs of child abuse victims first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Kennebec & Somerset Counties becomes the first nationally accredited CAC in Maine.
Three years ago, key community stakeholders convened to respond to child sexual abuse and over the next year, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kennebec & Somerset Counties developed. The CAC of Kennebec & Somerset Counties, a program of the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center, is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child sexual abuse. Since May of 2012, the CAC has conducted over 300 forensic interviews.
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. According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) 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 accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the Multidisciplinary Team approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Executive Director Donna Strickler.
“Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child sexual abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for CACs 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,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.
For more information about Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Kennebec & Somerset Counties, visit http://www.silentnomore.org/cac.html
National Children’s Alliance (www.nationalchildrensalliance.org), founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.
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