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  • 03 Feb 2016 10:59 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance 2016 CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference will be held April 18-19, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, MI. Presentations will focus on providing CAC and MDT members with information to assist in their roles of being advocates for children. One of the keynote speakers at the conference will be Matthew Sandusky. Registration is now open and early registration discounts end on April 8 so register soon.

  • 03 Feb 2016 10:50 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (MINCA) has been awarded State Chapter reaccreditation by National Children’s Alliance (NCA) following an extensive application and site review process. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision. MINCA was first accredited as a State Chapter by NCA 5 years ago and each State Chapter must go through a reaccreditation process every 5 years to ensure accreditation standards are being maintained. As an accredited State Chapter, MINCA has been recognized for providing Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) with the resources they need to consistently offer unique and vital services to child victims of abuse and their families; and for serving as the voice for all CACs in Michigan.

    National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a Chapter’s compliance with five national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to CACs and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) within their respective states. National Children’s Alliance developed and implemented these standards in 2008. There are currently 48 State and Native American Chapters operating across the nation.

    As an organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the CAC model, MINCA recognizes the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the MDT approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to support of local centers and teams responding to allegations of child abuse, but also contributes to consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole.

    National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children’s advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.

  • 03 Feb 2016 10:46 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    CARE House of Oakland County is looking to hire a full-time Crisis Counselor. We are looking for a passionate advocate with a high level of knowledge regarding the dynamics of child sexual abuse. The Crisis Counselor offers support, education and guidance to non-offending caregivers whose children are reportedly victims of abuse. Crisis Counselors are expected to work with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including: Forensic Interviewers, DHHS, law enforcement personnel, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related field; a master’s degree is preferred.

    Resumes can be sent via email to , Wendy Gueth, Administrative Manager.

  • 18 Dec 2015 3:11 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    The official Job posting is below. Cover letter with resume can be emailed to Mike Ploch at 

    Lead the day to day operations of the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Elizabeth Upjohn Community Healing Center. Supervise therapists, volunteers, and interns. Assist in recruiting, orienting, and training staff. Collect and report data to various funders. The CAC Coordinator will also provide direct services as a Therapist.

    • Oversee the day to day functions of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). Assign clinical staff to meet established clinical and agency objectives. Monitor the status of client waiting lists in order to maintain and/or enhance client access and determine staff caseload size.
    • Assure the development and maintenance of complete and appropriate client records.
    • Oversee/compile data for quarterly reports and year-end reports for Funders.
    • Take a leadership role in updating and following the County protocol for handling abuse investigations.
    • Maintain relationships with the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and report on client satisfaction using OMS. Be actively involved with the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance and attend Board meetings as required.
    • Maintain positive working relationships with all agency programs and staff and with outside entities and staff. Maintain relationships with the various agencies on the multi-disciplinary team and lead monthly multi-disciplinary team meetings with local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical providers and protection workers.
    • Write grants.
    • Maintain knowledge of National Children’s Alliance ten standards and ensure compliance with standards.
    • Assist in recruiting, orienting, and training staff; orient new employees to agency’s procedures, facilities and organizational structure. Oversee the training needs of staff and provide training and leadership to staff. Provide performance feedback and staff annual performance reviews.
    • Maintain National Children's Alliance accreditation; responsible for application to renew and leadership of site visit every five years.
    • Provide continuous quality improvement efforts as defined by the accrediting or regulating agencies.
    • Act as a case consultant to therapists on site.
    • Assist with community based outreach initiatives in the area.

    Required Qualifications 

    • Master’s degree in social work,  counseling, or equivalent experience
    • Working knowledge of the forensic interviewing process as well as therapy and assessment of child victims of abuse.
    • 5 years of experience providing counseling to children/families 
    • 2 years of supervisor/leadership experience (behavioral healthcare setting; preferably a Children’s Advocacy Center)

    Desired Competencies

    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and community/agency representatives.
    • Ability to engage in positive therapeutic relationships and engage clients.
    • Ability to handle stressful situations calmly and professionally.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to operate computer equipment.
    • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, program and services as they relate to the provision of services.

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Benefits Offered:

    • Medical Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • 401K
    • Life Insurance

    About Community Healing Centers:

    A non-profit CARF accredited provider of behavioral healthcare and children's services. Our mission is to provide the community with integrated healing services. These services include children and family support, mental health counseling, addiction treatment and recovery, education and prevention. 

    We are here for you when: 

    - There is a loss or sudden life change, 
    - Drinking or other drug use is interfering with life, 
    - Sexual, physical or emotional abuse occurs, 
    - Parenting becomes overwhelming or unmanageable, 
    - School success and behavior is a struggle, 
    - Conflict threatens a relationship, 
    - Depression makes it difficult to maintain regular activity, 
    - You don't know what you need, but you know you want to feel differently. 

    We are committed to offering individuals, couples, children and families the services and hope they need to achieve maximum health and healing. 

    CHC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply

  • 13 Nov 2015 2:18 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

  • 21 Oct 2015 10:07 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Oakland County CAC is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer. The Forensic Interviewer conducts forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process. The Forensic Interviewer develops relationships with multi-disciplinary team members and facilitates MDT meetings. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field, and experience in forensic interviewing. If interested, resumes can be sent to Yvonne Cameron,

    CARE House of Oakland County

    Job Description

    Position:  Forensic Interviewer

    Department:  Intervention

    Supervisor:  Director of Intervention


    • 1.     Conduct forensic interviews using the Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol ensuring the psychosocial well-being of the child through the interview process.
    • 2.     Identify difficult case dynamics based on needs for a case review process.
    • 3.     Prepare a detailed record of forensic interviews for the purpose of legally defensible court testimonies and keep updated record of case outcomes.
    • 4.     Attend and testify at court hearings when subpoenaed.
    • 5.     Coordinate multi-disciplinary team meetings with law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, and CARE House staff.
    • 6.     Complete all mandatory case documentation and maintain confidentiality of all case information.
    • 7.     Attend conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. for the purpose of collaboration and training with other organizations and continuing education.
    • 8.     Perform all other duties as assigned.

    Education Required:

    Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field; master’s degree in social work or related field is preferred.  

    Experience Required:

    Six months of experience working in a human services position in a child advocacy center.    Must have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.  Must be able to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner.  Must have essential understanding of Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol, NCA standards and implementation of best practices.  Must have knowledge regarding the dynamics of child sexual and physical abuse, crisis management skills, and ability to function within a multi-disciplinary team.

    Other Requirements: 

    Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Minimal travel to area hospitals, court, training locations, and special events.

    Date Prepared:  August 20, 2015

  • 01 Oct 2015 2:00 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance is soliciting abstracts for workshop presentations at the 2016 CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference which will be held April 18-19, 2016 in Traverse City. The conference is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, networking opportunities and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders and multidisciplinary team professionals. Click here to go to the abstract submission page.

    If you or someone you know would be interested in presenting to CAC/MDT professionals at our conference, please use the above link to submit an abstract. We look forward to receiving your abstracts for the conference.

  • 30 Sep 2015 9:35 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    On Tuesday, September 22 the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance hosted a Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Day at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. We served lunch to approximately 160 legislators, staffers, and policymakers while helping them to learn more about the work being done by Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the state and allowed them to meet with Children’s Advocacy Center Directors from their districts. We were also able to share the exciting work being done by the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance to make services available to underserved areas of the State. The meetings between policymakers and the representatives from CAC’s in or near their districts were very beneficial in providing information about best practices in the response to child sexual abuse across Michigan. We want to thank the Grand Traverse Pie Company for donating the lunches for the Legislative Day. It was a great success thanks to their help.

  • 29 Sep 2015 5:28 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    LMSW needed to provide therapy and support groups for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers.  Ideal candidate has a passion for working with children and families, knowledge of the dynamics of sexual abuse, experience with providing trauma informed care, Michigan licensure, and experience with the child welfare and criminal court systems.  We are looking for a therapist who is trained and experienced in providing TF-CBT, utilizing play therapy techniques, and expressive art. Experience with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings is also important.  This position will include travel to see clients and the potential for some evening hours.  Bi-lingual preferred.  Full time position with excellent benefits.  Send resume and cover letter to

  • 15 Aug 2015 6:10 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Victim Advocate

    Children’s Assessment Center of Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking a full-time Victim Advocate with experience working with the children, sexual abuse victims, child development, and community resources.  Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service related field.  Ability to communicate effectively with and support individuals in crisis situations and a working knowledge of child welfare system required.  Candidates should also demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with Multi-Disciplinary Team (i.e. Law Enforcement, CPS, Medical staff, Therapists) and provide community training on issues surrounding child sexual abuse.  Timely, detailed, concise documentation and statistical record keeping required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required. Ability to cope in highly intense situations and conduct self in professional manner. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and data entry experience required.  Bilingual preferred.

    No phone calls please.

    Send resume to Lori VanHarmelen ( or Lori VanHarmelen * Children's Assessment Center * 901 Michigan St NE * Grand Rapids MI  49503.  See for additional information.

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