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New Philadelphia, OH 44663
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It takes a community to meet the needs of the children impacted by child abuse. In June of 2011, Tuscarawas County took a critical step in meeting those needs- when it opened the doors of the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center (TCCAC). The Child Advocacy Center serves as the focal point in the coordination of the investigation and intervention services; bringing together a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)of professionals to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. The TCCAC provides coordinated support, services and follow-up to the children who have experienced this sad reality.
The Child Advocacy Center – is both a physical child friendly facility and a “best practice model” for the way Child abuse cases are handled by the mandated systems that includes resources and support. The primary goal of the Child Advocacy Center is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. CAC’s are child-focused, facility-based programs in which representatives from many disciplines work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions on cases of child abuse.
The mission of Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center is to provide a specialized comprehensive, multi-discipline approach to child abuse from disclosure through treatment to reduce further trauma and promote recovery and resiliency for children and families.
- Our CAC advocates, educates, and empowers children and those who provide for them
- A unique, collaborative wrap-around approach for abuse and neglect cases is used to ensure victims and their families get the help they need
- Our CAC offers clients services in a child-friendly, caring environment
- Interviewing victims at our CAC will minimize the number of times a child is questioned about a very traumatic experience
- Our CAC will ensure that perpetrators of these crimes are prosecuted with evidence that is garnered with best practices and current methodology
Children’s Advocacy Centers emphasize the coordination of investigation and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. Services provided by Children’s Advocacy Centers include the following:
- Multidisciplinary Team Response
- Child and Family Friendly Facilities
- Forensic Interviewing Services
- Victim Advocacy and Support
- Specialized Medical Evaluation and Treatment
- Specialized Mental Health Services
- Training, Education and Support for Child Abuse Professionals
- Community Education and Outreach.
CAC’s Changed the way Child Abuse Cases are handled
National Children’s Alliance The National Children’s Alliances provides accreditation, training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to the over 854 local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect across the country. Becoming an Accredited Member ensures that the CAC program adheres to a rigorous set of 10 standards of quality service provisions known to be effective in helping children heal from the effects of abuse. These standards established by the NCA board of directors that ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services. The TCCAC is a member of the Ohio Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, and is in the developing member of the National Children’s Alliance. To ensure that all children across the U.S. served by Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) receive consistent, evidence-based interventions that help them heal from abuse, hundreds of CACs have become Accredited Members of NCA by meeting our Standards for Accredited Members and verifying their adherence to the highest standards of practice by submitting to NCA site review. (http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/ncas-standards-for-accredited-members/) The Standards book, comprising ten individual standards and representing the work of more than 70 child abuse intervention professionals and experts working from the latest research, is the standard by which Accredited Members of NCA are measured. Taking effect January 1, 2017, the 2017 Edition of the Standards below in red is now the book by which all new and re-accreditation applications are measured. The 2017 Putting Standards into Practice edition is an expanded version—all the content of the 2017 Edition and with real-life Practical Approaches to help new and transitioning CAC leaders and those approaching the accreditation process for the first time to conceptualize the myriad ways CACs can meet each standard. It’s not an exhaustive list of possible ways to meet the standards, but rather a way to start the conversation of how centers can meet each standard in a way that fits their strengths and situation.
NCA’s Standards for Accredited Members The following ten standards define a CAC’s comprehensive model of response. ACAC must meet all essential components for each of these standards in order to be accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.
1. Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) 2. Cultural Competency ad Diversity 3. Forensic Interviews 4. Victim Support and Advocacy 5. Medical Evaluation 6. Mental Health 7. Case Review 8. Case Tracking 9. Organizational Capacity 10. Child-Focused Setting
Child Abuse Calls
National research published in 2014 by Dr. David Finkelhor study for lifetime prevalence of sexual abuse and sexual assault indicates 26% of girls and 5% of boys will be impacted. When the CAC opened, in 2010, Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services investigators interviewed 204 children that were victims or witnesses stemming from 85 cases of alleged sexual abuse; in 2011 that number grew to 249 children. The need for services continues to grow. In 2017, there were 1,744 calls regarding child abuse, and 361 investigations, and 729 children served. The three top reasons for investigations were: Drugs, Domestic Violence, and Sexual abuse, in that order. Since opening its doors in 2011 the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center has seen over 550 children for forensic interviews and has further supported additional families with education and resources, advocacy, service coordination, liaison services, and case management as children and families are support throughout their journey to recovery. The Child Advocacy Center also provides community awareness around child abuse, domestic violence, prevention, outreach and education. The Child Advocacy Center is actively involved in many community collaborations involving youth and families, including the SAFE committee, Family and Children’s First Council, Youth Prevention activities with the Anti-Drug Coalition, as well as a lead agency with the Tusc Against Trafficking Coalition and houses the Regional Anti-Trafficking Coordinator in partnership with the Department of Public Safety.