The National Children's Advocacy Center’s campus-like setting, on the edge of downtown Huntsville, Alabama features five buildings that total approximately 45,000 square feet, and was founded by Bud Cramer, founder of the Children’s Advocacy Center model.
The Community Services Building is the largest building in the complex and hous es Child Abuse Prevention Services, Administrative Offices, and the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center which provides training and technical assistance for all CACs in the Southern Census region of the United States. This building includes offices, conference rooms, a nursery, and library of materials for parents and caregivers.
The Training Building is the second largest building and houses the NCAC’s National Training Center which includes two large training rooms, six break out training rooms with video observation, a mock court room, the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO) and a fixed research library, and Department offices all of which serve child abuse professionals throughout the world.
The Team Building includes offices for the Madison County Multidisciplinary Team members who are co-located on the NCAC campus, including the Huntsville Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Department of Human Resources, Madison County District Attorney’s Office, and Crisis Services of North Alabama. This building also has a sophisticated interview and observation room in which interrogations of alleged perpetrators are conducted, and hourses the entire Huntsville Police Department Domestic Violence Unit.
The Children’s Building is designed to create a comfortable atmosphere for children and adolescents and is the setting where alleged victims are interviewed regarding allegations of abuse/neglect or exposure to trauma, receive medical exams and victim advocacy services related to these allegations, and also receive evidence-based mental health assessment and services related to the trauma.
We are called the National Children’s Advocacy Center because we were the first in the world and have provided training to more than 100,000 professionals from all 50 states and more than 25 countries while playing a significant national and international leadership role in the development of Children’s Advocacy Centers.