1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys
will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Only 1 in 10 will tell someone about their abuse.


How does your community respond when they do?


CAC Needs Assessment & Growth Plan

The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance has conducted an extensive feasibility study and needs assessment to guide the growth and development of Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) in Michigan. We encourage all communities that are interested in developing a CAC and all existing CACs to review the development plan as it contains information on all counties in Michigan.

This development plan is designed to guide CAC growth in Michigan to ensure that CACs are sustainable and meet the needs of local communities. Should you have any questions after review of the plan, please feel free to contact us. Click on the Development Plan Image to the left to view the plan. 

Does Your Community Need a CAC?

A primary goal of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance and all Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) in Michigan is to ensure that children disclosing abuse are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them. CACs are child-focused, facility-based programs with representatives from many disciplines working together to effectively investigate, prosecute, and treat child abuse. CAC locations are not only child-focused, but designed to create a sense of safety and security for child victims. 

A question to ask is “What happens to a child victim in our community once he or she discloses?”  For more information about Children's Advocacy Centers and how the Chapter can help with CAC development, view the video to the right and review the remainder of this page. Please contact us if you would like additional information.

 

CAC Development

The following is a checklist that has been developed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), which summarizes the tasks that need to be completed in establishing a Children’s Advocacy Center.  While the activities are listed in approximate order, some will need to take place concurrently and there will be variations in each community.

  • Convene a working committee or task force of key individuals
  • Select leadership
  • Conduct a needs assessment of the extent of the problem in the community
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Determine CAC service population
  • Gather information on various CAC models
  • Select the CAC approach that best suits the community
  • Develop Interagency agreement and obtain agency commitment
  • Determine organizational structure
  • Determine which services will be offered on-site or through referrals
  • Select site and design or acquire space for child-appropriate facility
  • Determine staffing needs and agency roles
  • Multidisciplinary team protocol development
  • Research potential sources of support
  • Plan and implement resource development
  • Development of governance Board or advisory structure
  • Develop policies and procedures for security and safe-guards
    (internal financial controls, liability insurance, conflict of interest policies, etc.)
  • Volunteer recruitment, screening and training development
  • Training for program staff and community
  • Consider providing child abuse prevention programming
  • Develop program evaluation and accountability plan
  • Cultivate leadership and funding resources on an ongoing basis

If your community is interested in the development of a Children’s Advocacy Center,
please contact us at 616-228-4546 or admin@mivoice4kids.org.

CAC Development

The following is a checklist that has been developed by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), which summarizes the tasks that need to be completed in establishing a Children’s Advocacy Center.  While the activities are listed in approximate order, some will need to take place concurrently and there will be variations in each community.

  • Convene a working committee or task force of key individuals
  • Select leadership
  • Conduct a needs assessment of the extent of the problem in the community
  • Develop vision and mission statements
  • Determine CAC service population
  • Gather information on various CAC models
  • Select the CAC approach that best suits the community
  • Develop Interagency agreement and obtain agency commitment
  • Determine organizational structure
  • Determine which services will be offered on-site or through referrals
  • Select site and design or acquire space for child-appropriate facility
  • Determine staffing needs and agency roles
  • Multidisciplinary team protocol development
  • Research potential sources of support
  • Plan and implement resource development
  • Development of governance Board or advisory structure
  • Develop policies and procedures for security and safe-guards
    (internal financial controls, liability insurance, conflict of interest policies, etc.)
  • Volunteer recruitment, screening and training development
  • Training for program staff and community
  • Consider providing child abuse prevention programming
  • Develop program evaluation and accountability plan
  • Cultivate leadership and funding resources on an ongoing basis

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