National Children's Advocacy Ctr. awarded re-accreditation | Families
The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) has been awarded re-accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. Accredited CACs must undergo a re-accreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2010, re-accreditation this year reflects The National Children’s Advocacy Center’s commitment to providing the highest quality evidence-based methods practice in response to child abuse.
In 1985, former U.S. Congressman Robert E. "Bud" Cramer, then District Attorney, saw the need to create an efficient community system for protecting abused and neglected children in Madison County. The result was the opening of the first and only National Children's Advocacy Center. Since its opening, the NCAC has aided in the establishment of more than 900 other Children's Advocacy Centers in communities nationwide and throughout the world. There were 1,390 reports of child abuse in Madison County last year. The NCAC conducted more than 560 forensic interviews with children, provided 1,357 hours of therapy for these local child abuse victims, and served more than 9,000 children through our extensive prevention outreach programs. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, The NCAC is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.
The NCAC staff and Madison County Multidisciplinary Team were involved with the site visit and process and they were awarded re-accreditation with no recommendations for improvement, the highest rating available. The Madison County Multidisciplinary Team consists of the NCAC Intervention Staff, Huntsville and Madison Police Departments, Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Madison County Department of Human Resources, Madison County District Attorney’s Office, Madison County Department of Health, and Crisis Services of North Alabama.
“Re-accreditation not only validates the NCAC’s dedication to proven effective approaches of child abuse intervention, but also contributes to consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Congressman Cramer.
Source: National Children's Advocacy Center