National Children’s Alliance (NCA)

The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is a membership organization, which was developed in 1987 to help states and localities respond to allegations of child abuse. This organization is devoted to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of this response. Currently, NCA has more than 750 Child Advocacy Centers as members and provides services to these Centers on a national level. NCA supports and empowers local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and effective services to victims of child abuse by offering training and networking opportunities, peer support, technical assistance, grant administration and advocating for the best interest of CACs on a national level.

Currently, NCA has a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention which will allow for the administration of $ 9,884,427 in grants to Child Advocacy Centers and State Chapters, such as NYSCA.


To download the current NCA Standards of Accreditation, click the following link: NCA Standards for CAC Accreditation

The NCA Standards of Accreditation have recently been revised and are being rolled out across the country.  Centers who submit an application for accreditation or reaccreditation after July 1, 2016 and have a site review in 2017, will be reviewed under the following set of revised standards:  2017 NCA Standards of Accreditation

At the 2015 NCA Leadership Conference, Jan Dunn, NCA Accreditation Coordinator, hosted a workshop highlighting the revisions included in the 2017 NCA Standards of Accreditation.  To view the powerpoint handout, click the following link: NCA Revised Standards powerpoint  An online accreditation boot camp for the 2017 standards will be released soon.

Accredited Membership for Children’s Advocacy Centers

To receive accreditation as a Children’s Advocacy Center, applicants must meet each of the ten Standards for Accreditation. These standards ensure that child abuse victims throughout the country receive effective, efficient and compassionate services.

Associate/Developing Center Membership

Children’s Advocacy Centers that are working toward, but have not yet achieved, implementation of all Standards for Accreditation may be granted Associate/Developing CAC status.

Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership is offered to multidisciplinary teams that are working to improve services for abused children through a collaborative approach to intervention.

Satellite Membership

Satellite Membership is available to child friendly facilities offering onsite forensic interviews and victim advocacy services under the sponsorship and oversight of an NCA Accredited Child Advocacy Center.

Chapter Membership

Chapter organizations are member organizations comprised of CACs within a given state, similar in structure to NCA.  Chapter organizations serve as the leading resource within the state for children’s advocacy centers and facilitate a network dedicated to a coordinated and comprehensive response to child abuse.

Accreditation Boot Camp

To help centers prepare for the accreditation process, the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center has created an online version of Accreditation Boot Camp, which  can be accessed here:

Contact Information:

Dara Cummings
Program Associate – Northeast Region
National Children’s Alliance
516 C St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel:202 548 0090 ext 117


National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)

The National Children’s Advocacy Center hosts various trainings throughout the year on topics ranging from victim advocacy to CAC management.  Training is offered on their campus in Huntsville, Alabama (you can also arrange to have training at your location).   For more information about in-person training from NCAC, visit their website:

In addition to in-person trainings, NCAC offers a wide variety of trainings online free of charge.  To access their online training catalogue, vistit their website:

NCAC Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO)

The National Children’s Advocacy Center also hosts an online library of resources related to child abuse.  Access CALiO here:

For assistance with CALiO, contact:

Muriel Wells, Research Librarian
Tel: 256 327 3854
Email:, or

Cindy Markushewski, Research Librarian
Tel: 256 327 3747