Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $3,000,000)
The National Children’s Advocacy Center's (NCAC) Child Abuse Response Enhancement (CARE) Program will enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse by providing training, technical assistance, and information resources that emphasize the implementation of developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed, and evidence-informed programs, policies, and practices; and by coordinating with other Victims of Child Abuse Act programs. NCAC will provide in-person trainings such as: Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training; Conducting Child Abuse Investigations for Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement Training; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training; Beyond the Basics: Building Capacities for Best Practice Forensic Interviewing Training, and Building Forensic Interviewing Skills. In addition, NCAC will deliver conference presentations for a variety of disciplines of child abuse response professionals and provide a distance learning option through a virtual training institute, live webinars, archived webinars, and online training. NCAC will also provide online mentoring and consultation groups for forensic interviewers and their supervisors. Resource development and services include the Child Abuse Library Online, supported by telephone and e-mail technical assistance by experts from various disciplines of the multidisciplinary team, and the development and dissemination of fact sheets to promote the use of evidence-informed research on specific child abuse response topics.