National Children's Alliance, under agreement with the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, recently awarded The Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County $42,000 to address mental health needs of children who have experienced the trauma of abuse.
Overall, the federal grants totaled more than $9.8 million and were distributed in the form of 91 awards to children's advocacy centers, multi-disciplinary teams and state chapter organizations across the country.
The Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County will use the grant money to employ two part-time mental health counselors who will participate in the Duke University Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, year-long Learning Collaborative in Huntsville, Ala. In the future, the CAP will use the money to hire two full-time mental health counselors in order to develop a "wellness clinic" for children who have suffered from sexual and physical abuse or neglect.
"We are honored to be chosen from such a competitive group of applicants to receive NCA's grant award. Child abuse represents a crisis for the child and family and mental health services are paramount to the healing and recovery of child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. CAP identified a need for mental health counselors onsite, to provide trauma-informed evidence-supported interventions to child victims of physical and/or sexual abuse. What this means for Chautauqua County is, children will be able to receive services in one child-friendly location. We offer trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, a brief and specific model of treatment, proven effective for children and families. We are proud to be able to deliver such a vital service," said Jana McDermott, executive director of The Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County.
The National Children's Alliance is a national funding source that supports grant recipients in the following areas: Children's Advocacy Center Response to the U.S. District of Columbia; Children's Advocacy Center Response to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children; Program Improvement; Urban initiatives; State Chapter Development; and State Chapter Support of Children's Advocacy Centers.
CAP brings together a team of community agencies and professionals to create a child-first approach to physical and sexual abuse. Coordinating investigative and intervention services, including trauma-focused counseling, in a child-friendly setting, ensures that children are not re-victimized by the very systems designed to protect them. CAP also provides education and awareness to county residents in order to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, through the nationally renowned Stewards of Children campaign.
National Children's Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children's advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children's Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children's Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children's Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children's advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.
For more information about CAP, visit capjustice.org or like them on Facebook. For more information on National Children's Alliance and the various benefits it offers it's over 750 members across the country, including financial assistance, please visit www.nationalchildrensalliance.org. CAP is a United Way Agency.