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Family & Children’s Place Earns Reaccreditation from National Children’s Alliance
National Children’s Alliance recognizes Family & Children’s Place for its ongoing delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation
July 12, 2022
Louisville, Ky. (July 12, 2022) – Family & Children’s Place has been awarded reaccreditation 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.
Accredited CACs must undergo a reaccreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2017, reaccreditation this year reflects Family & Children’s Place’s commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice.
Family & Children’s Place has served children and families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana for over 135 years. Our mission is to protect and heal children and families hurt by abuse, and we envision happy, healthy children and families, freed from abuse. Located in Louisville, KY, Jeffersonville and New Albany, IN, our child advocacy centers provide families with compassionate, coordinated intervention and investigation of child abuse. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, Family & Children’s Place 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. 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.
“Our Child Advocacy Center provides some of the most important services children need during a critical and heartbreaking moment in their lives. To be the best possible resource when responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of maintaining accredited status from National Children’s Alliance. Reaccreditation not only validates our organization’s dedication to proven effective approaches of child abuse intervention and prevention but also contributes to consistency across the Children’s Advocacy Center movement as a whole,” said Pam Darnall, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Place. Becky League, the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Place’s Child Advocacy Center agrees stating, “We want families to know that we are doing everything right when it comes to their care and investigation of cases. Maintaining national accreditation helps with building trust and increasing transparency to families who visit us.”
“Family & Children’s Place is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve 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. By requiring Accredited Centers to undergo reaccreditation every five years, we ensure that evidence-based practices are being implemented and the highest quality of service is being provided,” remarked Teresa Huizar, executive director of National Children’s Alliance.
For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit www.famchildplace.org.
Family & Children’s Place (FCP) assists Kentuckiana children, families and communities in preventing abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and helps move them from hurt to healing. FCP serves more than 2,500 children and families annually through trauma-informed and impact-evident services. For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit www.famchildplace.org or call 502-893-3900.
National Children’s Alliance makes one big difference, one child and one voice at a time. As the nonprofit association and accrediting body providing comprehensive care through hundreds of Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide, we unify and amplify our voices to command better outcomes. With a forward-thinking approach that stays at the forefront of every child’s future, we are the beginning of child abuse’s end. For more information, visit nationalchildrensalliance.org.