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National Military and CAC Partnership Program

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National Children's Alliance is the nonprofit 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 to the release of the 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 sub-award 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 multidisciplinary team (MDT) receiving training, educational resources developed, and metrics to determine interagency collaboration.

Provider Organization

National Children's Alliance
Award Details


National Children's Alliance provides targeted training and technical assistance using state chapters as key stakeholders, facilitating communication among our members, facilitating a national collaborative workgroup, and linking multidisciplinary teams and CACs to military services as we continue to support the implementation of our National Standards for Accreditation and endorsement of best practices.


  • Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
  • Child Welfare Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Prosecutors
  • Tribal Community
  • Youth Services Professionals
  • Children's Advocacy Centers


CACs, MDTs, and state chapters of CACs/MDTs involved in child abuse intervention.



NCA provides products to our target audience of CACs, MDTs, related professionals who respond to child maltreatment, and CAC chapters. During the grant year, NCA will:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to awardees. 
  • Maintain a collaborative work group to produce products.
  • Develop a coordinated, multiphased training plan that will support implementation of protocols and cross-training of DOD and CACs in key service delivery areas. 
  • Deliver training modules and resources through a joint e-learning platform.

Sybil McIntyre
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  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Advocacy/Protection
  • Children Exposed to Violence
  • Family/Domestic Violence
  • Internet Crimes Against Children
  • Maltreatment
  • Missing and Exploited Children
  • Trafficking
  • Trauma
  • Violence Prevention

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Date Published: February 4, 2022