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NCA Children''s Advocacy Centers National Subgrant Program

Award Information

Award #
2015-CI-FX-K001
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$31,209,318

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $11,068,043)

The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) National Subgrant Program provides funding for a national subgrant program for children’s advocacy centers, state chapters and multidisciplinary teams, which provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse. This program is authorized by the Victims of Child Abuse Act, pursuant to 42 USC §13001 et seq.

The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) will provide cooperative agreements, subgrants, training, technical assistance and site reviews for the target audience of children’s advocacy centers, state chapters and multidisciplinary teams. Through this program, NCA will increase the number of child victims of maltreatment receiving children’s advocacy center services, with an emphasis on reaching underserved areas (rural, remote and tribal areas) and populations (American Indian, Alaska Native and Hispanic communities). In addition, NCA will elevate the quality of services in existing children’s advocacy centers through implementation of the newly revised National Standards for Accreditation and ensure consistent, high quality delivery of services across the national children’s advocacy center network through training, technical assistance and site visits. CA/NCF

The VOCA Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) National Subgrant Program supports subgrants for local CACs, state chapters of CACs, and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse. CACs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement officers, child protection and victim advocacy professionals, prosecutors, mental health specialists, and medical staff work together to investigate child abuse allegations, hold offenders accountable, and help children heal from maltreatment. The program supports the following activities: 1) developing innovative funding strategies that support the provision of coordinated and comprehensive multidisciplinary services to child abuse victims and their families; 2) developing and publishing requests for proposals (RFPs), as approved by OJJDP; 3) providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to support OJJDP-approved RFPs; 4) managing a national peer review process to evaluate applications for funding; and 5) providing fiscal oversight and necessary grant award administration functions for successful award recipients in accordance with the DOJ Financial Guide. Through this program, NCA will increase the number of child victims of maltreatment receiving CAC services, with an emphasis on increasing and enhancing services in underserved areas, including rural, remote and tribal areas.

With FY16 continuation funds, NCA will release an RFP to enhance existing CAC programs, state chapters and MDTs that improve access to, and quality of, services for abused children, including services in areas with high levels of child abuse and children's exposure to family, community and other types of violence. The RFP will also fund the development of new CAC programs, state chapters and MDTs. Specifically, NCA will provide up to 5 dedicated subgrants and TTA to CACs and MDTs serving AI/AN children and youth. NCA will also support up to 20 subgrants to encourage CACs to develop and utilize evidence-based treatments for child victims of trauma, to include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interactional therapy, child and family traumatic stress intervention, and cognitive behavioral therapy for children with sexual problematic behavior. NCA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) National Subgrant Program supports subgrants for local CACs, state chapters of CACs, and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse. CACs are child-friendly facilities where law enforcement officers, child protection and victim advocacy professionals, prosecutors, mental health specialists, and medical staff work together to investigate child abuse allegations, hold offenders accountable, and help children heal from maltreatment. The program supports the following activities: 1) developing innovative funding strategies that support the provision of coordinated and comprehensive multidisciplinary services to child abuse victims and their families; 2) developing and publishing requests for proposals (RFPs), as approved by OJJDP; 3) providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to support OJJDP-approved RFPs; 4) managing a national peer review process to evaluate applications for funding; and 5) providing fiscal oversight and necessary grant award administration functions for successful award recipients in accordance with the DOJ Financial Guide. Through this program, the National Children's Alliance (NCA) will increase the number of child victims of maltreatment receiving CAC services, with an emphasis on increasing and enhancing services in underserved areas, including rural, remote and tribal areas. With FY 2017 continuation funds, NCA will release an RFP to enhance existing CAC programs, state chapters and MDTs that improve access to, and quality of, services for abused children, including services in areas with high levels of child abuse and children's exposure to family, community and other types of violence. The RFP will also fund the development of new CAC programs, state chapters and MDTs. Specifically, NCA will provide up to 5 dedicated subgrants and TTA to CACs and MDTs serving AI/AN children and youth. NCA will also support up to 20 subgrants to encourage CACs to develop and utilize evidence-based treatments for child victims of trauma, to include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interactional therapy, child and family traumatic stress intervention, and cognitive behavioral therapy for children with sexual problematic behavior. Finally, NCA will use funds from this award to help military installations address cases of child abuse. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2015