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Children’s Advocacy Center Earns Re-Accreditation from National Children’s Alliance

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Lawrence County, Inc., a member of UPMC Jameson, has been awarded re-accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance for its ongoing delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims.


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. Following an extensive application and site review process, accreditation is the highest level of membership and denotes excellence in service provision.


“As a team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of maintaining accredited status from National Children’s Alliance,” said Jeannette Rice, executive director, CAC, Lawrence County, Inc. “Re-accreditation not only validates our organization’s dedication to proven effective approaches of child abuse intervention and prevention, but also contributes to consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole.”


The CAC of Lawrence County, Inc. has been providing child abuse intervention and prevention services to children and families for more than 30 years. Last year, 136 children visited the center for a child abuse forensic interview. In addition, the multidisciplinary team reviewed 375 Childline cases, and more than 150 children received therapeutic services. As an accredited member of National Children’s Alliance, CAC of Lawrence County, Inc. provides comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.


Accredited CACs must undergo a re-accreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2010, re-accreditation this year reflects CAC of Lawrence County, Inc.’s commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information about Children’s Advocacy Center of Lawrence County, Inc., call 724-658-4688.