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  • 2021 Leadership Conference: The Power of Us

    Contains 57 Product(s)

    2021 Leadership Conference will go all virtual this June. You can attend all the 2021 Leadership Conference virtual sessions on NCA Engage from the convenience of your home or workplace.

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    The 2021 Leadership Conference will go virtual this June! You can attend the 2021 Leadership Conference virtual sessions on NCA Engage from the convenience of your home or workplace.  

    This virtual conference aims to provide continuing education, networking opportunities, and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders. The 2021 conference agenda includes NCA's annual membership meeting, awards ceremony, plenary sessions, and 50 workshops. We're working with our incredible lineup of speakers and partners to build an engaging and educational virtual conference experience with live Q&A sessions, a digital and interactive exhibit hall, and even a little online fun with your peers from around the country.  

    Conference attendees will have access to the virtual conference site and workshops until September 30, 2021!
    Registration Information

    Tuition includes entry to all of the virtual conference sessions, awards ceremony, networking opportunities, and conference participant materials. You may either pay online during the registration process or mail a check made out to National Children's Alliance and a copy of your invoice to:

    Attn: Leadership Conference Coordinator 
    National Children’s Alliance 
    516 C Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002 

    Please Note: Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021.

    Registration Fees

    NCA Member (Early Registration) – $650.00
    Early registration price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering before May 6, 2021. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021

    NCA Member Registration – $700.00
    Special price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering after May 5, 2021.

    Non-Member (Early Registration) – $700.00
    For non-members registering before May 6, 2021. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 14, 2021. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 9, 2021

    Non-Member Registration – $750.00
    Non-member general registration fee for non-members registering after May 5, 2021. 

    Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be received by email to the Training Coordinator Nicole Wilbon (leadershipconference@nca-online.org). Cancellations received on or before May 31, 2021, will be refunded at 80% of the full tuition. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after May 31, 2021, or for participants who register but do not attend.

    How do I sign up for an NCA Engage account? 

    Please visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. 

    If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter LC2021 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. 

    Please note, registrants with a member organization will receive a discounted registration fee.

    2021 Virtual Conference site will release early April. Please click the picture below to view the 2020 virtual conference site. 
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    CLICK HERE to print conference agenda 

    Click Here to visit the Virtual Conference site

  • Children’s Advocacy Center-Military Case Review

    Contains 3 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/26/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, participants will learn about NCA's case review standard, the importance of coordinated CAC-military case review, and strategies for effective, military-inclusive CAC case review. The live event will include opportunity for Q and A.

    This webinar is the last in the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC)-Military Partnership Webinar Series. The series has provided foundational information and practical guidance on how CACs and MDTs can enhance collaboration with military partners to better serve children in military families. In this webinar, participants will learn about NCA's case review standard, the importance of coordinated CAC-military case review, and strategies for effective, military-inclusive CAC case review. The live event will include opportunity for Q and A.

    Heather Provencher, LCSW

    Coordinator for Service to Military Families

    National Children’s Alliance

    Alyson McKenzie

    Accreditation Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

    Alyson MacKenzie is the Accreditation Coordinator at National Children’s Alliance, and manages the accreditation process for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the country. Previously Alyson was the Senior Program Associate of Accreditation at NCA as well as Program Associate at NCA, managing grants and membership for the Southern Region of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University. Ms. MacKenzie has years of experience providing training and technical assistance to Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country.

    Roberta J. Humphris

    Executive Director

    Child Advocacy Center

    Roberta has been the Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center in Cumberland County, NC since November 2009.  She graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA with a BS in Medical Technology and then received a MA in Health Services Management from Webster University.  She has a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Duke University.  She has been involved in the non profit arena for many years having served as the Executive Director of Better Health of Cumberland County, the Director of Resource Development for United Way of Cumberland County, founding a nonprofit foundation and serving on various nonprofit boards as both a member and officer.  She teaches fundraising and grant writing workshops for the United Way Multicultural Leadership Development Program.  Roberta is a Stewards of Children Authorized Facilitator, and has completed the National Children’s Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewing Course and the NCPTC ChildFirst North Carolina Interviewing Children and Preparing for Court Course. 

    Melissa Cook, DCFI

    Forensic Interviewer

    Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Child Advocacy Center

    Melissa Cook is a Forensic Interviewer at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Child Advocacy Center. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Melissa is also certified as a Diplomat Child Forensic Interviewer through the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers. Melissa has attended the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Forensic Interviewing of Children Training in Huntsville Alabama, along with Finding Words – Georgia in 2006, and a ChildFirst Protocol Update in 2016. Melissa has also attended the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Extended Forensic Interviewing training in 2016 as well as annually attending the Virginia Crimes Against Children conference. Melissa regularly trains multidisciplinary members on the CAC model and CHKD’s Child Advocacy Center’s services, and has presented on roadblocks in the forensic interview process at the 11th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in 2019. Melissa has over 13 years of experience in the child maltreatment and mental health field. Melissa was also certified as a Georgia Peace Officer in 2009 in her role as a Certified Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher and 9-1-1 Communications Officer. Melissa frequently testifies in JDR and Circuit Courts in the Hampton Roads area and has been qualified as an expert in forensic interviewing in the City of Chesapeake. To date, Melissa has completed approximately 500 taped child forensic interviews during her time at CHKD’s Child Advocacy Center. 

  • Update on the Latest and Finding Funds to Bridge the Gap

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/12/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will give an update on where things stand on the VOCA Fix legislation, and discuss different opportunities to find funds that can supplement or fill in the gaps from VOCA cuts

    This webinar will give an update on where things stand on the VOCA Fix legislation, and discuss different opportunities to find funds that can supplement or fill in the gaps from VOCA cuts

    Deana Joy

    Denise Edwards

    Director of Government Affairs

    National Children's Alliance

    Denise Edwards is director of government affairs for National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC). As director of government affairs, Denise develops, coordinates and leads all federal  and national legislative and public policy strategies for NCA and its members, including strategies to expand the use and awareness of CACs in the public policy arena.  Prior to her tenure with NCA, Denise served as manager of government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., representing the company and its more than 16,000 small business franchises before Congress and State/Local governments.

    Denise began her Washington career working in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving, among others, as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Bud Cramer; and on the legislative staff of Rep. Chet Edwards.  Denise is a graduate of Baylor University, with a master’s in Public Policy Administration and a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on financial planning.

    dedwards@nca-online.org

    Tracey Tabet

    Administrator

    Utah Children's Justice Center Program

    Tracey Tabet has been with the Attorney General’s Office since 1994 and is the administrator for the Utah Children’s Justice Center (CJC) Program, where she oversees the state’s 23 Children’s Justice Centers. Under her leadership, the program has expanded services to 28 of Utah’s 29 counties, has implemented measures to promote equity and accountability, and has become a strong voice for victims on Utah’s Capitol Hill. As the coordinator for the Utah Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), she co- chaired NCA’s Chapter Collaborative Work Group and the SHINE Campaign Collaborative Work Group. She received the Outstanding State Chapter Leader Award from NCA in 2012 and the Anne Freimuth Child Advocate of the Year Award from Prevent Child Abuse Utah in 2016. She currently serves on several boards, including the Utah Victims Council, the Utah Coalition for Protecting Childhood, and is a member of the Utah Women’s Forum. Tracey grew up in rural southeastern Utah and is a graduate of the University of Utah and Westminster College. 

    Will Laird

    State Government Affairs Officer

    National Children's Alliance

    Will Laird is the State Government Affairs Officer for the National Children’s Alliance, which is the national membership and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in the United States. Will is also a member of Charleston City Council in West Virginia’s capital city.  Prior to joining NCA, Will worked for the West Virginia Legislature’s House Committee on Finance as a Senior Budget Analyst for over a decade. Having worked under both Democrat and Republican administrations, Will brings a wealth of experience to helping State Chapters of Children’s Advocacy Centers advocate for legislative changes that positively support child abuse victims and the CAC model. When he’s not at work, Will is an avid outdoor adventurer and loves to spend time with his wife, two boys, and his garden. 

    wlaird@nca-online.org 

  • 2020 NCA Member Census: Key Takeaways for CACs

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/27/2021

    Every two years, NCA conducts a Member Census to determine the current scope of CAC services and remaining needs in the field. We are grateful to the 791 CACs who completed the 2020 NCA Member Census and our partners at the State Chapters and Regional CACs who made this possible. In this webinar, we will share the results of the data, including an overview of key findings and trends compared to previous years. We will also provide a roadmap of how to put these results into action to guide local, state, regional, and national priorities for the coming years.

    Every two years, NCA conducts a Member Census to determine the current scope of CAC services and remaining needs in the field.  We are grateful to the 791 CACs who completed the 2020 NCA Member Census and our partners at the State Chapters and Regional CACs who made this possible.  In this webinar, we will share the results of the data, including an overview of key findings and trends compared to previous years.  We will also provide a roadmap of how to put these results into action to guide local, state, regional, and national priorities for the coming years.

    Kaitlin Lounsbury, MA

    Program Evaluation Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

    Kaitlin Lounsbury is the Program Evaluation Coordinator for the National Children’s Alliance.  Her work is dedicated to helping our field demonstrate the impact of services provided by Children’s Advocacy Centers.  This includes NCA's Outcome Measurement System (OMS) to evaluate satisfaction and service needs, helping to improve services for families and multidisciplinary team professionals involved in the response to child maltreatment.  Her background includes academic research with a focus on child abuse interventions and direct service work as a counselor, providing a blended skillset to help child-serving organizations effectively measure their work and improve practices.

    klounsbury@nca-online.org

  • Victim Support and Advocacy for Military Families

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    This webinar will help Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and military partners understand the different and complimentary roles of the military Family Advocacy Program (FAP) clinician and the CAC family advocate. Participants will learn about the NCA victim advocacy and support standard for accredited centers and hear how one CAC-FAP partnership coordinates advocacy and support services for military families.

    This webinar will help Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and military partners understand the different and complimentary roles of the military Family Advocacy Program (FAP) clinician and the CAC family advocate. Participants will learn about the NCA victim advocacy and support standard for accredited centers and hear how one CAC-FAP partnership coordinates advocacy and support services for military families. 

    Heather Provencher, LCSW

    Coordinator for Service to Military Families

    National Children’s Alliance

    Alyson McKenzie

    Accreditation Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

    Alyson MacKenzie is the Accreditation Coordinator at National Children’s Alliance, and manages the accreditation process for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the country. Previously Alyson was the Senior Program Associate of Accreditation at NCA as well as Program Associate at NCA, managing grants and membership for the Southern Region of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University. Ms. MacKenzie has years of experience providing training and technical assistance to Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country.

    Amber Garrison-Ahmed

    Family Advocacy Officer, Buckley Garrison

    Department of the air Force / United States Space Force

    Mrs. Amber Garrison-Ahmed is the Family Advocacy Officer at Buckley Garrison, Colorado. Mrs. Garrison-Ahmed was born in Frankfurt, Germany while her father was stationed there with the Army.  Mrs. Garrison-Ahmed attended University of Phoenix and graduated with Honors earning a Bachelor’s of Science.  After earning her bachelor’s degree she continued with her education at University of Denver earning her Masters of Social Work and a certification in Animal Assisted Social Work in 2008.  Mrs. Garrison-Ahmed became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. Mrs. Garrison-Ahmed is an experienced Social Worker with over 15 years of experience specializing in the care of domestic violence, child abuse, crisis intervention, child protection, and military social work as well as an integral part of an Animal Assisted Therapy Team.  

    Stacey Wasserman

    Prevention Specialist and Family Support Coordinator

    SungateKids

    Stacy Wasserman joined the SungateKids team in July 2018.  Stacy has spent her career in informal youth education and early childhood education.  Stacy’s dedication to the betterment of children of all ages and commitment to best practices in education led her to SungateKids.  Working with children and their families in such an empowering way is Stacy’s passion.  She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.  

  • OMS Winter 2021 Training Series

    Contains 7 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/09/2021

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, recommendations for distributing surveys to families and team members, and ways to use OMS results for local, state, regional, and national initiatives.

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, recommendations for distributing surveys to families and team members, and ways to use OMS results for local, state, regional, and national initiatives.

    Kaitlin Lounsbury

    Program Evaluation Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

    Kaitlin Lounsbury is the program evaluation coordinator for the National Children’s Alliance. Her work is dedicated to helping our field demonstrate the impact of services provided by Children’s Advocacy Centers. This includes NCA's Outcome Measurement System (OMS) to evaluate satisfaction and service needs, helping to improve services for families and multidisciplinary team professionals in the response to child maltreatment. Her background includes academic research with a focus on child abuse interventions and direct service work as a counselor, providing a blended skillset to help child-serving organizations effectively measure their work and improve practices.

    klounsbury@nca-online.org or OMScoordinator@nca-online.org

  • 2021 Application Process for the Expansion of CAC Response in the Native Communities in the Lower 48

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2021

    Apply now for new federal grants - New funding is available to expand Children’s Advocacy Center services to American Indian/Alaska Native children and families.

    Dawn English

    Program Associate

    National Children's Alliance

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

    National Children's Alliance

    Opal Boyer

    Program Associate

    National Children's Alliance

  • 2021 Application Process for the Expansion of CAC Response in the Native Communities in Alaska

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2021

    Apply now for new federal grants - New funding is available to expand Children’s Advocacy Center services to American Indian/Alaska Native children and families.

    Dawn English

    Program Associate

    National Children's Alliance

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

    National Children's Alliance

    Opal Boyer

    Program Associate

    National Children's Alliance

  • Campaigns to Make April Ours

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    ​April isn't just National Child Abuse Prevention Month...it's also CACs' time to shine. Here's how we raise public awareness of our critical role in communities through mini-campaigns.

    April isn't just National Child Abuse Prevention Month...it's also CACs' time to shine. Here's how we raise public awareness of our critical role in communities through mini-campaigns: the kind of public awareness campaigns that are limited in scope and timeframe and are perfect for a push of around one month. We'll cover three different NCA mini-campaigns:

    • #ItsYourBusiness
    • #SHINE
    • #CACsRespondFirst

    Each of these campaigns features customizable assets and messaging for your CAC to brand, adapt, and share to boost your CAC's visibility in healing and preventing child abuse, and in activating ordinary people to take this work personally. Join us to learn about these campaigns and how to use them with Blake Warenik, NCA's Director of Communications, creator of the #ItsYourBusiness prevention campaign and the force behind taking SHINE national.

    Blake Warenik

    Director of Communications, NCA

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Funding Update

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The recently passed COVID stimulus package not only includes another round of PPP funding, but also allows folks that have already received PPP funds to apply for a second loan. This webinar will provide an update and will discuss new guidelines that folks will need to follow to apply for these funds.

    Denise Edwards

    Director of Government Affairs

    National Children's Alliance

    Denise Edwards is director of government affairs for National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC). As director of government affairs, Denise develops, coordinates and leads all federal  and national legislative and public policy strategies for NCA and its members, including strategies to expand the use and awareness of CACs in the public policy arena.  Prior to her tenure with NCA, Denise served as manager of government affairs for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., representing the company and its more than 16,000 small business franchises before Congress and State/Local governments.

    Denise began her Washington career working in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving, among others, as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Bud Cramer; and on the legislative staff of Rep. Chet Edwards.  Denise is a graduate of Baylor University, with a master’s in Public Policy Administration and a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on financial planning.

    dedwards@nca-online.org