Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $18,317,104)
National Children’s Alliance, is a not-for-profit membership organization and accrediting body for the nation’s Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). A Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable. NCA was first federally funded in 1993 to develop and expand Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country through a national sub-grants program. Since that time, NCA has administered more than $200 million in federal funds for this purpose and has developed more than 924 Children’s Advocacy Centers across the United States. The populations to be served through this program are victims of all types of child maltreatment and their families. NCA will continue to provide targeted sub-grant categories (i.e. Core Services, Program Development, and Program Expansion of CACs) to support the further expansion of CAC services into underserved areas including rural, tribal, and remote locations. These funds will also be used for existing Children’s Advocacy Centers to expand services involving physical abuse, children with problematic sexual behaviors, and to promulgate evidenced based treatments no matter where a child lives. National Children’s Alliance proposes to continue the success of this program by: 1) Developing and publishing RFPs with DOJ approval. 2) Providing training and technical assistance specific to the release of the OJJDP-approved RFP. 3) Managing a national peer review process to evaluate applications for funding. 4) Providing oversight and subgrant monitoring activities in accordance with the DOJ Grants Financial Guide. The program has several metrics to measure progress toward these goals, e.g. children and families served, clients receiving evidence based treatments, CACs developed in underserved areas, and CACs receiving training in quality improvement. National Children’s Alliance is uniquely positioned to deliver a comprehensive and cohesive funding strategy to ensure that every child who has been victimized has access to a Children’s Advocacy Center, and that those CACs provide consistent quality service and care across the national network.