The Kansas Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers promotes EXCELLENCE in child abuse response and prevention through Training, Program Development, Advocacy and Leadership.
The Kansas Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers (KCCAC) is a statewide non-profit membership association of children’s advocacy centers in Kansas. As an affiliated chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, the Kansas Chapter recognizes coordinated, multidisciplinary investigations and interventions as the best and most effective response to child abuse allegations. KCCAC supports policies and practice that prioritize the needs of the child throughout the investigation, prosecution and treatment of abuse.
What We Do
Training and Technical Assistance
A primary function of the Chapter is to provide training and technical assistance to CACs, from conception and development to continuation and support of existing centers. Activities include: assistance in the development of protocols, policies and procedures related to the handling of child abuse cases; assessment of and assistance in meeting national accreditation standards and enhancing management functions; connecting centers to the NCA and Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center; and identification and coordination of statewide training activities to improve the professional response to child abuse cases in Kansas.
Coordination of the CAC Network
The state Chapter provides a forum for CACs to engage in cooperative activities to enhance response to child abuse. CAC Directors and key staff meet regularly as the “CAC Council” for the purposes of networking, peer support, information exchange and for discussion on best practices in children’s advocacy center management and operations. The Chapter also coordinates statewide data collection and utilizes its strategic plan to enhance the work of local CACs.
Promotion of the CAC Model
The Chapter serves as the central clearinghouse for information about CAC programs in Kansas. The Chapter provides educational presentations to local community stakeholders and Multidisciplinary Teams regarding CAC development, standards and benefits of the model.
Public Policy Activities
The Kansas Chapter monitors and supports state funding for children’s advocacy centers and serves as the lead organization to educate legislators and elected state officials about CACs and their impact on Kansas children.