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Accreditation of Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams

PA CAC/MDT supports local child advocacy centers that are seeking accreditation from the National Children's Alliance (NCA).   Centers that have achieved and maintain the following 10 NCA Standards of Accreditation recieve the status as an "Accredited" CAC member, while those centers that are in the process of meeting these standards have the status of "Associate" CAC members.  Satellite Membership is available to child friendly facilities offering onsite forensic interviews and victim advocacy services under the sponsorship and oversight of an NCA Accredited Child Advocacy Center. The Satellite Membership Category is now open for applications. Click here for eligibility requirements and application package. 

The 10 NCA Standards of Accreditation:  

  • Child-appropriate/child-friendly facility: A Children’s Advocacy Center provides a comfortable, private, child-friendly setting that is both physically and psychologically safe for clients.

  • Multidisciplinary Team (MDT): A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Victim Advocacy
    • Child Protective Services
    • Prosecution
    • Mental Health
    • Medical
    • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Organizational capacity: a designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established and implements basic sound administrative practices
  • Cultural competency and diversity: cultural competency is defined as the capacity to function in more than one culture, requiring the ability to appreciate, understand, and interact with members of diverse populations within the local community
  • Forensic interviews: must be conducted in a manner which is of a neutral, fact finding nature, and coordinated to avoid duplicate interviewing
  • Medical evaluation: specialized medical evaluation and treatment are to be made available to CAC clients as part of the team response, either at the CAC or through coordination and referral with other specialized medical providers
  • Theraputic intervention: specialized mental health services are to be made available as part of the team response, either at the CAC or through coordination and referral with other appropriate treatment providers
  • Victim support/advocacy: these services are to be made available as part of the team response, either at the CAC or through coordination with other providers, throughout the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings
  • Case review: team discussion and information sharing regarding the investigation, case status and services needed by the child and family are to occur on a routine basis
  • Case tracking: CACs must develop and implement a system for monitoring case progress and tracking case outcomes for team components

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