The Child Abuse Response Enhancement (CARE) Program enhances the coordinated multidisciplinary investigation and prosecution of child abuse and improves the capacity of child abuse professionals to respond effectively to child maltreatment. The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) develops and provides training opportunities, provides technical assistance, and develops publications and resources to enhance the coordinated multidisciplinary response to child abuse. Training, technical assistance, and information resources emphasize implementing developmentally appropriate, trauma- and evidence-informed programs, policies, and practices, and collaboration with other Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) partners, federal programs, and other child abuse professional organizations.
National Children's Advocacy Center
Through the CARE Program, NCAC provides a variety of trainings to child abuse response professionals through in-person and virtual trainings, conference presentations, archived webinars, and conference scholarships. Technical assistance is provided by NCAC subject matter experts and the Child Abuse Library OnlineTM (CALiOTM) in a variety of formats. NCAC creates fact sheets, bibliographies, and other resources, and provides a toolkit for victim advocates, a variety of translated materials, a continuum of learning resources for forensic interviewers, and ongoing additions to CALiOTM. NCAC collaborates by providing research and support for other organizations serving child abuse response professionals.
- Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
- Court Personnel
- Juvenile Justice Specialists
- Law Enforcement
- Mental Health Professionals
- Social Services
Child abuse response professionals, other juvenile justice professionals, general public.
Through the CARE Program, NCAC has developed and maintained the Child Abuse Library OnlineTM (CALiOTM) digital library, curated bibliographies, research summaries, and fact sheets in English and other languages. NCAC has also developed over 100 recorded online trainings (which are maintained in the NCAC Virtual Training Center and provided at no cost to users), blended trainings, and a variety of in-person trainings on a diverse range of topics relevant for multidisciplinary audiences. Other products include a toolkit for victim advocates and the "Legal Guidebook for Children's Advocacy Centers."
Jimmy Widdifield, Jr.
Project Directory, TTA CAP
- Abuse and Neglect
- Child Advocacy/Protection
- Cultural Competency
- Delinquency Prevention
- Evidence-Based Practices
- Training for Law Enforcement/Court Personnel