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For Legislators

The Pennsylvania Chapter is committed to supporting its members at every level, including legislative efforts to support the work we all do every day on behalf of children and families in need. The following information is useful for legislators looking for more information about the CAC industry and its importance in keeping children safe in our local communities.

Children’s Advocacy Centers Make a Difference

In 2014 alone, CACs across the country provided victim services to more than 294,000 children and abuse prevention education to 1,602,663 people. In Pennsylvania, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 11,000 children and provided prevention education services to thousands more individuals.

Learn the facts about CACs:

  • CACs prevent abuse and keep children safe
  • CACs save money
  • CACs are efficient
  • CACs hold offenders accountable
  • CACs help child victims heal
  • CACs are effective
  • CACs are committed to research-supported practice
  • CACs are accountable

These documents provide additional facts and statistics to support legislative decisions related to child advocacy work:

In addition, the Pennsylvania Chapter also supports the advocacy work of National Children’s Alliance – our industry’s membership association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Chapters across the country. National Children’s Alliance’s policy priorities are:

  • Supporting the work of CACs – and demonstrating Congressional support for these vital services – through reauthorization and funding of the Victims of Child Abuse Act
  • Supporting the work of CACs by ensuring that CACs have the support and resources they need to serve victims of human trafficking by bringing attention to the issue on a national level
  • Ensuring that abused children receive the services they need through increasing funding for the Victims of Crime Act.

For more information, please contact us.