The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and has revolutionized our nation’s response to child sexual abuse since its creation under the leadership of Bud Cramer. Since 1985, NCAC has served as a model for the 800+ CACs now operating in the United States and more than 19 countries throughout the world. The NCAC provides local services in Madison County, Alabama as well as providing regional, national, and international training to child abuse professionals. Locally, NCAC has successfully implemented TF-CBT and PCIT in order to provide abused children with high quality, evidence-based interventions. Internationally and nationally, NCAC also provides training and technical assistance on topics such as: Forensic Interviewing, Extended Forensic Interviewing, Polyvictimization, and Victim Advocacy. Through its Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) project, staff have developed and delivered numerous trainings throughout the United States, including “Creating Trauma-Informed Multidisciplinary Teams” and “Secondary Traumatic Stress and Multidisciplinary Teams.” Additionally, SRCAC provides training and technical assistance to CACs in the Southern Region to meet the National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accreditation, including the mental health standard that advances evidence-based mental health practices in CACs.
NCAC also houses the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO), making it one of the largest professional resource collections in the United States of published knowledge, educational materials, and educational resources related to child maltreatment available to CAC professionals. CALiO provides an array of professional services, including online search services, table of contents services, and training. Among its more specialized services, CALiO compiles and creates annotated bibliographies of resources on specific issues including poly-victimization and problems and topics of interest pertaining to child abuse and neglect, as well as developing resource packages for decision making and research.
The NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.