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.
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 Instance Manual and for your CAC, customize a copy of the Critical Incident Response Plan
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).
The Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO™) is a service of the National Children’s Advocacy Center developed as a resource collection for professionals working in fields associated with child abuse. Since its launch in 2004, CALiO™ has provided authoritative resources that contribute to evidence-based practice, informed decision making and more effective services.
- Includes a wide range of important information regarding roles and responsibilities with clients, colleagues, and MDT members.
- Serves as both a primary training resource and an ongoing reference for those working in victim services and CACs.
- Develops, strengthens, and reinforces professional practice.