GETTING STARTED - DEVELOPING CAC CENTERS

THE EVALUATION OF CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS

There are over 450 state and federally recognized tribes in the western states served by WRCAC, more than any other region in the country. Almost half of the tribes are in Alaska.

Tribes have separate government structures, include additional partners, such as the FBI, in the investigation of child abuse, and attributes that make each tribe unique.  These resources are designed to help CACs that serve a tribal population, or for tribes that are interested in developing a CAC.

Guidelines for CACs in Tribal Areas

NCAC Child Maltreatment in Native American Communities

Building Relationships and Resources with Tribal Communities

Federal and State Recognized Tribes

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

Native American Child Welfare Association

Native American Children's Alliance

Walking on Common Ground: Resources for Tribal, State, and Federal Collaborations

This section contains job descriptions for very common CAC positions. If you have questions about a sample job description that is not listed below please feel free to contact the Chapter office.

Sample Executive Director Job Description

Sample Forensic Interviewer Job Description

Sample Child Victim Advocate Job Description

A growing number of Children's Advocacy Centers are incorporating dogs or other animals into their centers.  There are a variety of approaches: comfort animals, therapy animals, and courthouse dogs.  There are differences in the purpose, training, and use of these animals. Centers that are considering adding an animal should carefully consider how to incorporate the animal into their services.

Courthouse Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence

Paws 4 People

A Paw to Hold: Dog brings Comfort to Children

Working in the field of child abuse, especially sexual abuse, can have a profound effect on the professionals who do this work.  Understanding the impact of secondary trauma and incorporating a practice of self care can help professionals develop the resiliency needed to deal with this work in a healthy manner.

Secondary Trauma within Child Welfare

The Eight Laws Governing Healthy Caregiving

What Helps? Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Ten Easy Steps to Creating a Peaceful Home Retreat

TED Talk: The Power of Vulnerability