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 Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) industry and its importance in keeping children safe in our local communities.

Children’s Advocacy Centers Make a Difference

In 2017 CACs served 15,734 Children in Pennsylvania. Communities with a CAC saved $1,318.40  per child case; saving Pennsylvanians more than $20 million statewide.

Nationally:  With approximately 854 member CACs in 50 states, serving 334,626 children in 2017, National Children’s Alliance (NCA) represents a growing movement providing more and better services to children and families nationwide.  Last year, CACs provided victim services to almost 335,000 children and abuse prevention education to 1.9 million people.

In the past ten years there has been unprecedented growth of CACs in Pennsylvania.

 The number of NCA member centers serving kids has grown 25%
 The number of NCA member CACs servings kids has grown from 19 to 36, a remarkable 89%
 In 2018 the PA Chapter for the first time served all 67 counties of Pennsylvania

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.