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What is the National Children’s Alliance?

Date: October 10, 2013 Categories: Blog

As of 2012, the number of children served by Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country increased by 175 percent since 2000. Started by former Congressman Robert E. “Bud” Cramer in 1985 in Huntsville, Alabama as an effort to create a better system to help abused children, CACs are now located throughout the world.
The National Children’s Alliance, which is the “national leader on training, technical assistance, research, support and education for children’s advocacy centers,” was created in 1998, a decade after the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers was instituted. NCA works with 775 Children’s Advocacy Centers and 47 State Chapters to minimize trauma for abused children, break the cycle of abuse and hold offenders accountable by offering services in several areas. Through accreditation, community awareness, training, funding and membership, NCA helps state chapters, local CACs and communities stand up for children.
Because the NCA exists, Children’s Advocacy Centers and State Chapters are able to provide the highest quality care and services, increase public understanding about child abuse and more effectively respond to the unique needs of commercially sexually exploited children.
In 2012, the NCA effectively administered $12,539,628 in federal grants to State Chapters and local Children’s Advocacy Centers, which improved services to child victims. The NCA also increased service coverage of CACs to more than 128 counties so that more children and communities could receive the help they needed!

For more information on the National Children’s Alliance, click here and here.