The Victims of Child Abuse (VOCA) Act Children's Advocacy Centers (CAC) National Sub-Grant Program provides funding for sub-grants for CACs, state chapters, and multidisciplinary teams (MDT) that provide a coordinated investigative and comprehensive response to child abuse. The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) will provide cooperative agreements, sub-grants, training, technical assistance, and site reviews for the target audience of CACs, state chapters, and MDTs. The purpose of these sub-awards is to develop CACs or satellite programs in communities that are currently underserved, and to improve the quality of services in existing CACs.
National Children’s Alliance (NCA)
Through this program, the NCA will increase the number of CAC programs serving child victims of abuse, with an emphasis on reaching underserved areas (rural, remote, and tribal) and populations (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic communities, and military families). NCA will also elevate the quality of services in existing CACs through sub-grants and technical assistance related to:
- Evidence-based mental health assessment.
- Evidence-based mental health treatment.
- Forensic medical evaluations.
CACs will benchmark their performance through NCA’s Outcome Measurement System (OMS). Utilized by 732 CACs, OMS measures MDT functioning and client/caregiver satisfaction with CAC services.
- Child Protection and Advocacy Professionals
- Child Welfare Personnel
- Children's Advocacy Centers
- Law Enforcement
- Mental Health Professionals
- Youth Advocates
- Youth Service Professionals
CACs, MDTs, and state chapters of CACs/MDTs involved in child abuse intervention.
NCA will publish:
- A sub-grants solicitation.
- An updated gap analysis of CAC service coverage in the U.S.
- A national CAC outcome measurement report.
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