The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) established four Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers in 1995. The Regional CACs provide training and technical assistance resources for communities to develop Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers. The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is the grantee that has operated the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center since 1995.
NE Mission Statements

NRCAC provides information, consultation, technical assistance and training, to establish child-focused programs that coordinate agencies responding to child abuse.  NRCAC provides services to strengthen Children’s Advocacy Centers already in existence.  NRCAC assists communities in the following areas:

  • Assessing the community’s readiness for an MDT/CAC response
  • Developing organizational capacity to facilitate a comprehensive, response to child abuse among prosecution, law enforcement, child protection, victim advocacy and medical and mental health providers
  • Negotiating interagency agreements and investigative protocols
  • Maintaining open communication and case coordination among community professionals involved in child protection efforts
  • Providing Professional skill development for interdisciplinary partners
  • Identifying and developing funding and marketing strategies
  • Assisting with plans for program expansion
  • Increasing community understanding of child abuse
  • Working with the National Children’s Alliance and the three other Regional CACs to implement national standards of practice and national models for providing training and technical assistance to CACs