Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,000,000)
National Children’s Alliance is the non-profit membership organization and accrediting body for the nation’s Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). A CAC 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. This project will support a national program for CAC and military collaborations that provide a coordinated response to child abuse. Child abuse victims from military families present unique situations that merit attention to ensure the provision of coordinated and comprehensive multidisciplinary services. The lengthy and continual rounds of deployment that many have experienced, the insular nature of the armed services, the fact that the Uniform Code of Military Justice is a separate body of law from public law, and the fact that there are jurisdictional issues with the Department of Defense and local authorities are just a few examples of the obstacles in serving the needs of child victims from active-duty military families National Children’s Alliance will continue the success of the VOCA CAC Military Partnership Project Program by: Supporting a national program for local CAC-military installation collaborations that provides a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse and includes military collaborative partners, such as the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (FAP), command staff, and military investigative and medical personnel as appropriate. Developing and publishing RFPs, as approved by OJJDP, specifically to improve the provision of services to victims of child abuse and their families in the military. Providing training and technical assistance specific OJJDP-approved RFP, and some targeted training to support those CACs that receive funding. Managing a national peer review process to evaluate applications for funding Implementing the strategy through coordination with the Department of Defense, FAPs, and CAC organizations with regional or national reach. Documenting the progress of project implementation and the collaborative model developed at each pilot site for the purpose of informing future work and publications related to implementation and replication. Providing oversight and monitoring of subaward 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 and multi-disciplinary team receiving training, educational resources developed, and metric to determine interagency collaboration.