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.