Advocate for Change

We believe in a world where one day, child abuse is no more. 

We believe in a world where one day, child abuse is no more. 

Where children do not fear growing up in their own homes, families, neighborhoods. 

Where they can explore and thrive and dream and grow into the adults that our world needs them to be. 

That is why, as a member of the National Children’s Alliance (NCAC), one of PennCAC’s most essential roles is to be an advocate for change on a national level, all the way to Capitol Hill.

Two of NCA’s crucial federal policy priorities are the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

Victims of Child Abuse Act is legislation that authorizes federal funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support CACs at the national, state, and local levels. VOCAA funding supports programs that provide children and families access to strong multidisciplinary teams of highly qualified professionals who respond to child abuse and help victims heal. We encourage our federal legislators to support increasing VOCAA funding, which has a direct impact on our capacity to serve child abuse victims in Pennsylvania.

The Victims of Crime Act was established in 1984 and provides critical funding for CACs and many other victim service organizations. Funding comes from penalties paid by offenders, and not from taxpayers. We support recent efforts to address a VOCA funding crisis as deposits into the fund have been declining and could project catastrophic budget cuts for CACs.

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Rosa Parks

We support local CACs in Pennsylvania.

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