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  • OMS Winter 2021 Training Series

    Contains 6 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/09/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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 Alaska

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/08/2021 at 3:30 PM (EST)

    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 the Lower 48

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/08/2021 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    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

  • The Outcome Measurement System (OMS): A Brief Overview

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn about the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) in this brief "crash course" on the purpose of the program, survey types and collection methods available, and ways to use results to improve practices in the CAC field.

    Learn about the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) in this brief "crash course" on the purpose of the program, survey types and collection methods available, and ways to use results to improve practices in the CAC field.

    The OMS program gives families and multidisciplinary team (MDT) members a voice in the CAC process by gathering feedback on satisfaction with procedures, as well as short-term and longer-term outcomes of the CAC/MDT model. Effective collection practices allow CACs to provide this opportunity broadly and efficiently, increasing the scope of the feedback to then use for program improvement purposes. Results are aggregated into local, state, regional, and national reports.  When combined with other data sources, OMS gives a more complete picture of the work of CACs.

    Need full training in OMS?  Learn much more about OMS through our two-part training series offered each summer and winter, as well as trainings on specific focus areas like the new OMS Youth Feedback Survey and OMS Essentials for State Chapters.  Find these resources on the OMS landing page.

    Questions about OMS?  Contact NCA's Program Evaluation Coordinator, Kaitlin Lounsbury, at KLounsbury@nca-online.org

    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

  • 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

  • Outcome Measurement System Youth Feedback Survey

    Contains 4 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/19/2021

    The Outcome Measurement System (OMS) gives families and multidisciplinary professionals a voice in the CAC process, providing essential information to guide and improve our services. The new OMS Youth Feedback Survey takes the program a step further by giving youth age 10 to 17 a direct voice to share feedback about their experience at the CAC.

    The Outcome Measurement System (OMS) gives families and multidisciplinary professionals a voice in the CAC process, providing essential information to guide and improve our services.  The new OMS Youth Feedback Survey takes the program a step further by giving youth age 10 to 17 a direct voice to share feedback about their experience at the CAC.  In this webinar, we will review how the survey was developed and lessons learned from the pilot project.  Based on the experiences of the pilot CACs, we will share best practices to effectively collect surveys from youth and answer any questions you may have about this new resource.  By mid-January, the survey will be automatically added to the Qualtrics accounts for every participating CAC, State Chapter, and Regional CAC.  The OMS point-of-contact at each CAC will receive an email with your center’s custom link to the new survey, a printable copy, and a best practice guide.  We encourage everyone to attend this webinar and learn how to amplify the voices of children to inform the work of the entire CAC field.

    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

  • Getting to Know the Standards – Mental Health Standard

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/24/2020

    Get to know NCA’s Mental Health standard for Accreditation. The overall intent and importance of the standard will be reviewed, followed by an explanation of each Essential Component related to the standard.

    Get to know NCA’s Mental Health standard for Accreditation. The overall intent and importance of the standard will be reviewed, followed by an explanation of each Essential Component related to the standard. After reviewing each Essential Component, practical approaches to meet the standard will be discussed. There will also be time for question and answer.

    Alyson MacKenzie

    Accreditation Program 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.

    Alyssa Todd

    Accreditation Program Associate

    National Children's Alliance

    Alyssa Todd worked as an Investigative Social Worker for Vermont CPS for almost five years, then moved to Philadelphia for grad school, where she continued to work with youth in foster care. She moved back to Vermont and became the Director and Forensic Interviewer of a small Associate Member center in Brattleboro, VT in 2012. In 2016 the Center became fully Accredited with NCA under Ms. Todd's leadership. During her time working at a CAC, her interests were mostly focused on Forensic Interviewing and Vicarious Trauma.

    Michelle Miller

    Mental Health Coordinator

    National Children's Alliance

  • Virtual Hill Day of Advocacy – Prep Sessions

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/03/2020

    NCA will be holding a Virtual Hill Day of Advocacy on September 9 so that CACs can connect with their members of Congress to update them on the impact the pandemic is having on their centers and the families that they serve. And to prepare for these meetings, NCA will be holding 2 webinar prep sessions to discuss what to expect at these meetings

    Members of Congress (U.S. representatives and senators) can best serve you, kids/families, and your CAC when they hear directly from you. As a CAC director, staff, board member, or member of an MDT, you help educate and update lawmakers by explaining to them how things are on the ground. These advocacy meetings are critical in helping Congress understand where federal resources are most needed and how they can best help local communities.

    COVID-19 has changed or impacted every aspect of our daily life: from the way we serve kids and families to the way we interact with each other. And while Zoom and GoToMeeting calls can’t ever completely replace the impact of an in-person meeting, they do allow us to stay connected and informed.

    With this in mind, NCA will be holding a Virtual Hill Day of Advocacy on September 9 so that CACs can connect with their members of Congress to update them on the impact the pandemic is having on their centers and the families that they serve. And to prepare for these meetings, NCA will be holding 2 webinar prep sessions to discuss what to expect at these meetings, CAC issues to highlight and answer any questions folks may have as they prepare for their meetings. 

    Denise Edwards

    Director of Government Affairs

    National Children's Alliance

    Will Laird

    State Government Affairs Officer

    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. 

  • OMS Summer 2020 Training Series

    Contains 7 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/05/2020

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, with recommendations for distributing surveys to caregivers and team members.

    Learn to implement the OMS program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, how to view survey results, and ways to share with staff.

    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