About Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington
The Mission of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington
To promote a collaborative response to child abuse, reach all victims, and reduce trauma by advancing the work and mission of Children's Advocacy Centers.
The Vision of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Washington
Every child has access to a trained team of professionals at a local Children's Advocacy Center.
- Is the state-wide organization that supports Child Advocacy Centers (CAC's) within Washington through funding, training, technical assistance, and development of new CAC’s.
- CACWA is accredited through the National Children’s Alliance to assure the highest standard of care is provided to victims. Just like CACs, the Chapter participates in a re-accreditation process every five years.
A Chapter of National Children’s Alliance is a recognized entity that:
• Represents a collaborative effort among membership, staff and its governing entity
• Provides support services to emerging and existing children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs)
• Assists with the development, continuation, and enhancement of the CAC model throughout the state
• Facilitates a collaborative statewide network dedicated to a coordinated and comprehensive response to child abuse
• Serves as a leading resource within the state in regard to child abuse issues and the children’s advocacy center model
The following five standards must be met in order for a State Chapter to be accredited with the National Children’s Alliance
1. ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
3.GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
4. TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
5. AWARENESS & EDUCATION
Chapter services we offer
CACWA offers the following services to existing Children’s Advocacy Centers and communities wishing to establish Children’s Advocacy Centers:
- Training and technical assistance
- Mentoring by experienced CAC staff in nearby communities
- Site visits to existing CACs
- Technical assistance manuals and materials
- Information on research and best practices
- Information regarding funding sources for start-up, training, and operations
- Advocacy on legislative issues and policies affecting children and families
- Community outreach and awareness coordination with statewide, regional, and national advocacy groups
- Assists centers and teams with NCA accreditation, facilitates collection, compilation and dissemination of data