National Children's Advocacy Center

SRCAC Resources

Southern Connections, the SRCAC quarterly newsletter is now in electronic form.  Highlights of recent and upcoming events appear in the newsletter along with helpful tips and other information CACs will find of value to the work that they do. You can download copies of past issues of Southern Connections

Disaster Manual - Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are being recognized in an increasing number of communities across the country as the preferred model for responding to child abuse. CACs are hubs for the work of law enforcement, child protection workers, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, advocates, prosecutors and child advocacy center staff for child abuse cases. With this growth in status and numbers comes the responsibility for CACs to be fully prepared with contingency plans to continue providing critical services in unusual circumstances.

It is our intent that the contents of this manual guide and inform the efforts Children’s Advocacy Centers in establishing their own disaster plans. All communities are different and the responses to similar circumstances may vary widely depending upon location and resources but we hope this document will assist CACs in initiating their own work to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster.  Download a free copy of the Disaster Manual and appendices.

Critical Incidence Preparation and Response - A guide for CAC directors who find their organization faced with a man made incident which has the potential to negatively impact its credibility or appearance of integrity. Download a free copy of the Critical Incident Manual and for your CAC, customize a copy of the Critical Incident Response Plan.

Mental Health Connections - The SRCAC periodic newsletter highlighting issues in providing evidence based trauma focused mental health services within the CAC model. Download the latest issues.

CAC Directors' Guide to Mental Health Services for Abused Children - Published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this guide is intended to provide CAC directors with information to support and expand the existing mental health services component within CACs; include evidence-based, trauma-informed assessments and interventions in services offered to clients; strengthen, expand, and enhance existing community mental health resources; expand the CAC's role as a broker for evidence-based assessment and treatment for children and their families; and clarify mental health roles and boundard issues in the delivery of services within the Multidisicplinary Team (MDT).