In recognition of the quality and effective services provided to child abuse victims, the Children’s Advocacy Center at Children’s Trust has been awarded re-accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance following an extensive site review and application process. The National Children’s Alliance is the accrediting agency for child advocacy centers (CAC) across the country, and accreditation is the highest level of membership awarded.
Earning accreditation denotes excellency in the practice of responding to allegations of child abuse, and reflects the continuing commitment of Children’s Trust’s CAC to children in our community. The re-accreditation process must be completed every five years, to ensure victims are provided with consistent, evidence-based interventions that reduce the trauma associated with the investigation and prosecution of abuse.
The National Children’s Alliance commended Children’s Trust, saying, “We would like to acknowledge the extensive work your center and team has completed to demonstrate through both written documentation and observed practice that the CAC is in compliance with these national accreditation standards. The standards and their accompanying criteria ensure that children and families in your community receive effective, efficient, relevant and compassionate services.”
Since its establishment in 2005, the Children’s Advocacy Center at Children’s Trust has provided support to hundreds of children in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas by bringing together the people and services victims need to reduce the trauma they endure, and allow them to begin the process of healing so they can go on to lead happy, healthy lives.
-Submitted by Christina Rouse, CAC Program Director