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Walworth County Child Advocacy Center Earns Accreditation
FROM NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE
National Children’s Alliance recognizes the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program, Walworth County Child Advocacy has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.
The Walworth County Advocacy Center is located in the Tree House in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The special and unique relationship has been built between Children Hospital of Wisconsin and Walworth County Alliance for Children. The Tree House is a special place where children come for help if they may have been physically or sexually abused. The Tree House provides an environment that is comfortable and supportive for children and their families.
As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, the Walworth County Child Advocacy is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.
National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. National Children’s Alliance updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence-based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention. According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.
“As an organization/team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the Multidisciplinary Team approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Paula Hocking, manager of the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center.
“Walworth County Child Advocacy Center is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.