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Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Category 4: CAC Military Partnership Pilot Project

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,000,000)

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements that support Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs). Victims of Child Abuse Act Support for Children's Advocacy Centers Program, Category 4 supports subgrants to CACs to explore ways in which the CAC model can be leveraged to help military installations address cases of child abuse. Funds are designated for a pilot project that supports local CACs to identify, develop, and operationalize best practices.

Under this project, the National Children's Alliance (NCA) will release an RFP in 2019, with OJJDP input and approval, to invite eligible applicants to apply for funds to improve the provision of services to victims of child abuse and their families in the military. In addition, NCA will provide training and technical assistance specific to their released RFP as well as targeted support for the overall project and selected subgrantees. CA/NCF

The National Children’s Alliance, the not-for-profit membership organization and accrediting body for the nation’s Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), will work closely with CACs, the military service branches and the Department of Defense- Family Advocacy Program (FAP) to coordinate the delivery of services to child abuse victims in military families.

This project supports a national pilot program for CAC and military installation collaborations that provide a coordinated response to child abuse. Funding will allow the National Children’s Alliance to continue to implement the OJJDP 2019 VOCA CAC Military Partnership Pilot Project Program by:

1) Supporting a national pilot program for CACs and military installation collaborations that provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse and includes partners such as the DOD Family Advocacy Program, command staff, and military investigative and medical personnel as appropriate. Funding will be awarded to 8 pilot sites.

2) Developing and implementing a national strategy of military-CAC collaboration through coordination with the Department of Defense and CAC organizations with regional or national reach.

3) Evaluating and documenting efficacy and progress of project implementation and the collaborative model at pilot sites to inform future work and publications related to broader implementation/replication of the model.

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.


Date Created: September 28, 2018