Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County Earns Re-accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance

Date: 
11.01.2017

For more information: Contact Susan Loehn,  Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Center at
Susan.J.Loehn@State.MA.US / (413) 522-2946

The Office of Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan is pleased to announce that the Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County has been re-accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.

Based in Northampton, The CAC for Hampshire County is a welcoming, child-friendly house where children who may be victims of physical and sexual abuse, and their families, can receive many of the services they need during the criminal investigative process, all under one roof.

Since 2016, the CAC, a small non-profit, has helped over 1,000 local children, most of whom are under 12 years old.

Accreditation by the NCA, which is the national accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers nationwide, is the highest level of membership approved by the NCA, recognizing excellence in service, as determined by a months-long application and site review process. There are 822 member centers.

The CAC for Hampshire County was first accredited in 2012.

Criteria considered by the NCA during the accreditation process include: effective use of a multidisciplinary team approach to work collaboratively on child abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment; cultural competency and diversity, quality of forensic interviews, quality of victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation capabilities, therapeutic interventions, case review and tracking, organizational capacity and a child focused setting.

In 2006, with support from the Northwestern District Attorney and Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the CAC opened the doors of the child friendly, welcoming house where victims of child abuse feel safe enough to disclose abuse.  A coordinated team of professionals helps the child and family through the medical, mental health, legal and healing process. 

“Our team of social workers, child and family advocates, police, prosecutors, medical and mental health professionals are dedicated to responding to child abuse and helping children heal from abuse. We have met the highest standards of the National Children’s  Alliance and will continue to do so, ” said Susan Loehn, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center for Hampshire County.

“Re-accreditation not only validates our local organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the Children’s Advocacy Center movement as a whole.  We are proud to be a part of the effort,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said.