The SOS Child Advocacy Center 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 the SOS Children’s Advocacy Center’s commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice. The Child Advocacy Center was added to the services provided by SOS in 2002 to provide a child-friendly, neutral facility in which to interview children involved in cases of alleged child abuse or neglect. The SOS has Child Advocacy Centers in Lyon and Coffey counties and coordinates a multidisciplinary team for each county that monitors case progression and makes victim-centered decisions about the investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of each case. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, the SOS Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.
“As an organization dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of maintaining Accredited Status from National Children’s Alliance. Reaccreditation not only validates SOS’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 Connie Cahoone, SOS Executive Director.
“The SOS Children’s Advocacy Center 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 the SOS Child Advocacy Center, visit www.soskansas.com/CAC.
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