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  • Branding in Brief - A New Six-Part Video Training Series

    Contains 10 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/29/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join NCA Director of Communications Blake Warenik on a journey in six parts through the NCA and CAC movement's common national brand and message, with practical hands-on demonstrations, exercises to help you sharpen your message to reach the audience, and so much more. Appropriate for seasoned communicators and newcomers alike.

    Join NCA Director of Communications Blake Warenik on a journey in six parts through the NCA and CAC movement's common national brand and message. Complete with hands-on training revealing how to use free and affordable online tools to create branded graphics, memes, flyers, and even videos, this series has something for seasoned CAC communicators and newcomers alike. 

    In this series, you'll: 

    • Get hands-on training revealing how to use free and affordable online tools to create branded graphics and more
    • Learn how to develop and use your own messaging matrix by answering just six questions
    • Discover how to apply your CAC's or Chapter's own brand elements to the nationally recognized NCA brand
    • Explore the entire NCA brand toolkit and apply the shapes, colors, fonts, and photos that define our movement
    • Connect our common brand to successful strategies of historical movements that changed the world
    • Absorb the basic principles of branding and put them to work for your CAC!

    This is the first of a new kind of training from NCA, featuring short, informative, graphics-heavy videos designed to break down complex ideas into bite-size, practical explainers. With five of the six videos clocking in at under 20 minutes, this series fits in with your busy schedule and holds your attention with exciting music, high-quality motion graphics, and an engaging teaching style. 

    Watch the six component videos on your own time, reference the handouts tab to find all the resources, readings, and research behind the series, and then join us for either of the two live chat sessions scheduled for Oct. 29 and Nov. 8, 2021. 

    What else do you want to know about branding and messaging? Would you like to see other trainings in this style? Check out this new format and let us know what you think in the evaluation!

    Blake Warenik

    Director of Communications

    National Children's Alliance

    Blake serves as Director of Communications at the National Children's Alliance, leading the branding, public awareness, and messaging efforts for NCA and the Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) movement. in 2019, he led the NCA Branding Steering Team, worked with team members to come to decisions on the shape of the new NCA/CAC brand, and implemented the NCA Board's final decision to create the NCA brand.

  • Bridging the Gap – Funding Opportunities for CACs

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/26/2021

    Join us as we explore temporary funding opportunities such as the American Rescue Plan Act and learn about strategies and successes from CACs and Chapters across the country.

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic coupled with a downturn in the availability of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds has been a one-two-punch to victim service providers. The fatigue of always being asked to do more with less is setting in, and everyone is scrambling for resources. Join us as we explore temporary funding opportunities such as the American Rescue Plan Act and learn about strategies and successes from CACs and Chapters across the country.  

    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 

  • Informational Call for the OMS Healing Measures Pilot Project

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    CACs currently participating in NCA’s Outcome Measurement System (OMS) are invited to join a pilot project as part of an exploratory study to examine what healing truly means to youth, caregivers, and multidisciplinary team (MDT) partners served by CACs

    CACs currently participating in NCA’s Outcome Measurement System (OMS) are invited to join a pilot project as part of an exploratory study to examine what healing truly means to youth, caregivers, and multidisciplinary team (MDT) partners served by CACs.  This project is in response to recent research highlighting a lack of person-centered measures of healing in the CAC field, and requests from CACs to establish more specific methods to measure this important area of our work.  In this informational call, CAC staff can learn more about why this project is important and what to expect if your CAC decides to participate.  If your center is a current OMS participant and would like to join the pilot project, please complete the Opt-In Form by September 30, 2021.

    Kaitlin Lounsbury, MA (Moderator)

    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

    Dr. Kristi K. Westphaln (Moderator)

    Assistant Professor/Adjust Instructor

    Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Nursing; Research Associate, UH Center for Child Health and Policy, Adjunct Instructor, CWRU School of Medicine


  • OMS Summer 2021 Training Series

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    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.

    OMS Part One: Introduction & Best Practices for Collecting Feedback Webinar
    Learn to implement the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) program at Children’s Advocacy Centers, including the purpose and benefits of the program, the topics measured, and recommendations for distributing surveys to families and team members. The training is designed for a broad audience, including centers considering joining or just getting starting with OMS, new staff at CACs already participating in the program, and experienced staff needing a refresher on best practices.

    OMS Part Two: Creating Reports & Sharing Results Webinar
    Learn to view survey results from families and team members, create reports, and think of ways to share results with staff, teams, boards, partners, funders, and the public. We will include a demo navigation of a sample reporting dashboard like those available in Qualtrics for participating CACs, State Chapters, and Regional CACs, including any newly added features.

    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

  • Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0

    Contains 46 Component(s)

    Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit. Bootcamp 2.0 applies to CACs going through Accreditation or Reaccreditation with a site visit after January 1st, 2023

    Accreditation Bootcamp 2.0 is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit. Bootcamp 2.0 applies to CACs going through Accreditation or Reaccreditation with a site visit after January 1st, 2023

    Topics to be covered include: history of the accreditation process; NCA accreditation procedures; overview of NCA standards for Accredited Members; putting standards into practice; common challenges centers face in meeting standards; what to do when current practice may not meet the standard; engaging your team in the process and creating a “plan of attack”; preparing your application; and what to expect from a site visit. 

    Accreditation Bootcamp is great resource to share with MDT Partners, new employees, and Board Members. In all honesty is could also be titled, “Understanding the NCA Accreditation Standards!”

    This project was supported by grant #2018-CI-FX-K002 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.

    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.

    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.

    Teresa Huizar

    Executive Director

    National Children's Alliance

    Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, February 26th, 2008.  National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for nearly 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US.  These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including:  forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment. Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the multidisciplinary team as it carries out its investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions.  In 2018, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 367,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 2 million individuals.

    Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for­­­ two hundred Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states.  And, has served as the Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers.

    Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially, in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse.  She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues.  And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings.  Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.

    Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related Boards and Committees over the years.  She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.

    Michelle Miller, Ph.D.

    Project Coordinator, Mental Health Initiatives

    National Children's Alliance

    Michelle Miller, PhD, LCSW, LCPC, has over 20 years’ experience working in the child welfare field and over 15 years’ experience providing mental health care and clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, in addition to training and implementation of evidence-based practices and treatments. Dr. Miller co-founded the Butte Child Evaluation Center, Montana’s first accredited CAC, in 1998, where she served as Director and MDT member until 2013. Dr. Miller was also instrumental in founding the Montana State Chapter organization of NCA, which she chaired from 2008-2011, and continued to serve as a board member until 2016. Dr. Miller has served on numerous local, state, and national task forces and committees, including the Montana Youth Justice Council, NCA’s Task Committee on Revising Mental Health Standards, and the Montana Mental Health Oversight Advisory Council. In her private practice, Dr. Miller specialized in providing CFTSI and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Miller has successfully managed several grant-funded projects over the last 17 years. She has served as the Project Coordinator for Mental Health Initiatives for the National Children's Alliance since 2016.

    mmiller@nca-online.org

  • OMS Youth Feedback Survey

    Contains 5 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/28/2021

    The Outcome Measurement System (OMS) has given families and multidisciplinary professionals a voice in the CAC process for the past decade, 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 briefly review how the survey was developed and lessons learned from the pilot project, with the full review from our previous webinar still available by recording.

    The Outcome Measurement System (OMS) has given families and multidisciplinary professionals a voice in the CAC process for the past decade, 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 briefly review how the survey was developed and lessons learned from the pilot project, with the full review from our previous webinar still available by recording.  Based on the experiences of the pilot CACs and over 200 total CACs who have adopted this new survey in just the first 6 months of the program, we will share best practices to effectively collect surveys from youth and answer any questions you may have about this new resource.  Whether you have already started offering this survey, or you are still considering it, 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, 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

  • Becoming a Satellite Member with NCA

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Satellite membership is a great option for rural/remote CACs that truly lack local resources, and could benefit from having the resources and guidance of a Host Accredited Center.

    Satellite membership is a great option for rural/remote CACs that truly lack local resources, and could benefit from having the resources and guidance of a Host Accredited Center.  Learn about the Satellite membership requirements and how these convenient  locations can provide services to children and families where they live.

    Sarah Coker-Robinson

    Senior Program Associate for Member Engagement

    National Children's Alliance

    Sarah Coker-Robinson is the Senior Program Associate for Member Engagement.  Her background is in political science and paralegal studies, but she has also had some experience in the non-profit world, working with undeserved youth in Wilmington, DE.  She started at NCA in 2015, working in the Grants department then moved to the Membership department playing an integral role in the review process for Associate, Affiliate, and Satellite membership applications, as well as helping members gain access to all member benefits, including our social platform + learning tool - NCA Engage!

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

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/12/2021

    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

  • 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