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Welcome to the news page for the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.  If you are not a member of the chapter, you will be able to read all news articles but will not be able to post any comments.  If you are a member of the Chapter, you can post comments on any of the news articles.  Please contact us if you have a news article, job posting, etc. you believe should be posted here.

  • 16 Nov 2010 8:03 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance was notified late yesterday that the NCA application submission process for the 2011 grant year is open.  The deadlines for grant application submissions are listed below.

    Deadline:
    Program Development and Expansion, Program Improvement, Urban Initiatives, CAC Response for the US DC and US Territories, CAC Response to CSEC Awards
    applications must be successfully submitted via the NCA online system by 5:00 PM EST December 15th, 2010.

    Chapter and Tribal Development, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 1, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 2, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 3, State Chapter Support to CACs Tier 4
    applications must be successfully submitted via the NCA online system by 5:00 PM EST January 3rd, 2011.

    For centers that are planning on applying for sub-grants administered by the Michigan Chapter, the application process will be finalized after the Chapter Grant is approved by NCA.  The Chapter will submit a Chapter and State Chapter support to CACs Tier 2 grant and notify all CACs once the grant is approved and the sub-grant application process opens.

    Please Click Here to go to the NCA RFP page for additional information.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • 23 Oct 2010 1:33 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    We are pleased to congratulate the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County and Robert E Weiss Advocacy Center in Flint for successful completion of NCA Accreditation.  As many of you know, this shows that these centers meet all of the standards for accreditation, including the Essential components and the Rated criteria, established by the NCA Board of Directors. 

    The standards ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services by children's advocacy centers to child abuse victims throughout the country.  The standards, which have been in existence since 1996, were revised to better meet the needs of child abuse victims in 2008.

    Please join the Michigan Chapter of the NCA in congratulating these members for being granted accredited member status.

    If you have any questions about accreditation or the application process, please feel free to contact us.  The Michigan Chapter looks forward to working with all centers to assist them in reaching the goal of accreditation.

  • 21 Oct 2010 4:40 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    As a Chapter of the National Children's Alliance, we feel it is important to make our members aware of issue and positions that the NCA takes regarding operation and support of Children's Advocacy Centers.  There has been a great deal of talk and interest in issues relating to credentialing of forensic interviewers.  The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance is in agreement with and supports the official position taken by the National Children's Alliance.  The official position statement is listed below.

     

    NCA Position Statement

    National Children’s Alliance has serious concerns regarding all currently proposed forensic interviewer credentialing proposals and does not support their adoption by Children’s Advocacy Centers. Until key research questions in forensic interviewing are answered, the basis of which would be necessary to establish evidence-supported benchmarks and thresholds for advanced practice, credentialing is premature. And, until efforts to establish credentialing processes take into account the unique needs of all partner agencies - and are endorsed by the relevant national associations of those partner agencies - they cannot be supported by National Children’s Alliance. Comparisons between any proposed forensic interviewer credentialing and state-regulated licensure or Board certification for other multidisciplinary professions are misguided, as there is no evidence that comparable educational background or licensure is necessary for its proper performance. NCA encourages forensic interviewers to avail themselves of relevant professional associations and societies, continuing education, mutual support networks through national and state-based peer review, and through participation and dialogue in discussion forums and listserves. These actions contribute to a developing professionalism of the forensic interviewer position and function, and demonstrate the commitment to excellence that so many of our CACs and their forensic interviewers have attained.

     

    As always please feel free to contact me should you have any questions regarding the above position statement.

  • 30 Jun 2010 1:54 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    On 6/30/10, the MINCA Executive Committee and I participated in a teleconference meeting with staff from the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.  One of the items we discussed with them was the status of the Child Advocacy Center funding that is being administered by the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

    The staff were very helpful and informed us that it has been determined that the funding administered through the board will be a granting process and not a competitive bid.  The Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board hopes to have the RFP available sometime near the end of this year.  Accredited CAC’s will be eligible to apply for the funding and the RFP will contain a funding formula so that CAC’s will know what amount of funding to apply for.  The goal is to have the funds allocated sometime between April 1 and July 1 of 2011.

    We will keep you updated on new information as it becomes available and please contact me if you have any questions.

  • 30 Jun 2010 1:44 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    All Michigan Chapter CAC’s that have approved sub-grants through the Michigan Chapter have received a reminder that the Fiscal Narrative and Documentation reports are due in the Michigan Chapter office by July 5, 2010 for the first half of the grant year.  The forms are available on our web site sub-grant page by 2010 Sub-Grants.

    Also as a reminder, if you have moved any funds in your budget to other categories, you must submit a budget modification request form if the funds moved total 10% or more of your approved grant budget.  The budget modification form is also available for download on the sub-grants page.

    The forms can be submitted electronically online on the sub-grant page.  They may also be submitted by US mail if postmarked on or before July 5.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

  • 30 Jun 2010 1:39 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    This is just a reminder that the deadline for submitting your Statistical Data to the National Children’s Alliance is fast approaching.  The deadline is July 15, 2010.   All associate and accredited Michigan Chapter members are required to submit this data every 6 months. Each year these reporting cycles fall in July and January. There are no changes in the nature of the data that NCA is collecting. Currently, in order to submit your stats you must fill out an online form in the member’s section of  the NCA web site at www.nationalchildrensalliance.org or use NCAtrak.

    NCA has sent out notifications to all CAC’s regarding this reporting deadline.  If you did not receive notification or if you have any questions about the requirements, you may contact me for additional information.

  • 15 Jun 2010 9:03 AM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    On May 22, 2010 the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center hosted our 4th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Golf Outing at the lovely Crown Golf Club here in Traverse City, Michigan.  We had a total of 54 golfers in the event and 33 hole sponsors.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and a lot of fun.  Our silent auction produced a little over $1000 and all together we made close to $6,000 for this fundraiser event.  I want to thank our volunteers for doing such a great job organizing the event.  It ran very smoothly and I had several golfers take the extra time to tell me how much they enjoyed themselves.

     

    On May 26, 2010 the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center hosted an open house/ ribbon-cutting ceremony to invite community members and donors to help celebrate the opening of the advocacy center.  There was a great turn-out with approximately 225 people there to help acknowledge this great event.  The CAC board members all brought an appetizer and volunteers helped get the Center ready.  We made a “giving tree” where we hung hands with different items we needed donated to the center.  This event was truly important and I feel we really connected with some wonderful community members and educated individuals about what the CAC will do for this community.

  • 08 Jun 2010 4:27 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    As the second full day of the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference comes to a close, I wanted to give you an update on your Michigan delegations visits to Capitol Hill.  Three members of your Michigan delegation and I went to Capitol Hill this afternoon for meetings at the offices of Senator Stabenow and Congressman Hoekstra.  We also made plans to deliver information packets to other Congressional offices.

    We discussed a number of issues during these meetings and provided information about the role of Children’s Advocacy Centers and the importance of continuing the work that is accomplished at each CAC in Michigan.  We offered the support of the Michigan Chapter to provide additional information and be a resource to the representative’s office on child abuse issues.

    We also discussed that we were requesting assistance in maintaining funding for victims of child abuse.  We asked for assistance maintaining the funding of the Victims of Child Abuse Act which was appropriated $22.5 million for FY2010 which represented an increase of $2.5 million over the prior year.  We requested assistance in maintaining level funding, which means $22.5 million for FY2011.  During these uncertain financial times, the need for CAC services across the country is increasing.  We reminded our representatives that any cut to the Victims of Child Abuse Act would be devastating for many CACs and while we do appreciate the difficulties of the federal budget, we are requesting our members of Congress work to maintain our funding at its current levels.

    We also encouraged our members of Congress to sign on to the Victims’ Rights Caucus which is a bi-partisan House caucus.  The Caucus has the goal of representing crime victims through introduction of legislation that reflects the interest and rights of crime victims.  The Caucus also provides an ongoing forum for dialogue between Congress and national victim assistance organizations such as the National Children’s Alliance.  The Caucus also seeks opportunities for public education initiatives to foster a better understanding of the impact of crime on victims.

    We feel that these visits were very productive and we look forward to continuing to build relationships with these and other Congressional leaders to represent you and your organizations interest in meeting the needs of victims of child abuse in Michigan.

  • 08 Jun 2010 12:39 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    Hello to everyone from Washington DC.  It is the second full day of the NCA Leadership Conference.  There are 8 Michigan attendees at the conference.  The first day was very productive and while I attended the chapter management track, our other Michigan attendees attended sessions in the evidence supported practice, new director support, and CAC management tracks.  We had an opportunity to view some new promotional materials that NCA is rolling out for use by CAC’s across the country.  We have learned about initiatives that NCA is developing to enhance the ways that State Chapters can provide support and assistance to CAC’s in their areas.

    During a session this morning, some of the Michigan attendees and I had the opportunity to view the film Lost Sparrow which documents a families struggles with innocence stolen and the redemption found by some of the family members.  It is a powerful film that should help all of us remember why we do the jobs we do.  Since I had been working on developing a chapter video library, I decided to make this video the first in the library.  I have purchased the Lost Sparrow DVD for inclusion in the Chapter video library and you can click here to go to the video library page and check out the video trailer and fill out a form to sign out the video to show at your organization or meeting.  You will need to log in as a member to view the page.

    We have also been working on a Chapter promotional flash video for our web site and for our members to use to promote their local CAC’s.  Seeing some of the material that other CAC’s have developed at this conference has convinced me that we are on the right track.  I will be asking all of you to submit a few photos of your CAC for inclusion in this promotion video.  Also, if you could send me the statistics from your centers that you send to NCA, some of this information can be included in our video as well.  Look to hear more about this after the NCA Leadership Conference.

    That is it for now, as the Michigan attendees and I are getting ready to head to the Hill to meet with Senators and Congressional Representatives on your behalf.  I will have more to share with you on those meetings in a news update tomorrow so be sure the check back for that information.

  • 12 May 2010 3:37 PM | Michael Christy (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is arranging times for Michigan participants to meet with elected Congressional leaders during the NCA leadership conference.  These meetings are designed to provide Michigan CAC directors and administrators the opportunity to meet with their elected Congressional leaders and acquaint them with the work of local Children's Advocacy Centers.

    These meetings are being scheduled for the Tuesday of the conference which is June 8, 2010.  At 1:30pm on June 8, conference participants will proceed to Capitol Hill for these appointments.  The Michigan Chapter is currently working with the offices of Congressman Pete Hoekstra, Congressman Bart Stupak, Senator Carl Levin and Senator Debbie Stabenow to arrange for these meetings.  As we continue to work with these offices to arrange for meetings, it would be helpful for us to know how many of you are attending the conference and which meetings you would be interested in attending.  Please let us know by clicking here to go to the Hill Day visit page and complete a short survey regarding which meetings you would attend.  You will need to log in as a member to access the page.

    We have also scheduled a Hill Day consultation with NCA staff for 4:30pm on Monday June 7, 2010 at the conference center.  NCA staff will provide guidance and talking points for the Hill Day visits and you are welcome to attend this meeting.  Once we have a count of how many wish to attend the meetings, we can pass that information on to the Congressional leader’s office.  The more people we have attending will increase our chances of securing a meeting.

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