The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara has been awarded a five-year reaccreditation by the National Children's Alliance, an association and accrediting body for children's advocacy centers (CACs) across the country.
A children's advocacy center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.
"This accreditation reflects the commitment, dedication and professionalism of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara's staff and our partners in criminal justice, social services and victim advocacy," Executive Director Ann Marie Tucker said.
CACs that have met national accreditation standards are recognized as having achieved a level of multidisciplinary collaboration and coordinated service delivery that significantly improves the experience and well-being of children who are subject to child abuse intervention.
The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, was established in 1995 and has served 4,500 children and their family members. Its family services component has served an additional 1,200 children and adults.
The center also coordinates Niagara County's Safe Harbour Project for survivors of child trafficking and the Niagara County Child Fatality Review Team.