A guide for CAC directors who find their organization faced with a man-made incident, which has the potential to negatively impact its credibility or appearance of integrity. Download a free copy of the Critical Instance Manual and for your CAC, customize a copy of the Critical Incident Response Plan.
Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are being recognized in an increasing number of communities across the country as the preferred model for responding to child abuse. CACs are hubs for the work of law enforcement, child protection workers, medical professionals, mental health practitioners, advocates, prosecutors and child advocacy center staff for child abuse cases. With this growth in status and numbers comes the responsibility for CACs to be fully prepared with contingency plans to continue providing critical services in unusual circumstances.
It is our intent that the contents of this manual guide and inform the efforts Children’s Advocacy Centers in establishing their own disaster plans. All communities are different and the responses to similar circumstances may vary widely depending upon location and resources but we hope this document will assist CACs in initiating their own work to prepare for the possibility of a natural disaster. Download a free copy of the Disaster Manual and Appendices.
A growing number of Children’s Advocacy Centers are incorporating dogs or other animals into their centers. There are a variety of approaches: comfort animals, therapy animals, and courthouse dogs. There are differences in the purpose, training, and use of these animals. Centers that are considering adding an animal should carefully consider how to incorporate the animal into their services. Outlining recommended practices for integrating a facility dog into your CAC, this Manual was created in collaboration with Courthouse Dogs Foundation.
Check out these websites for additional resources:
National Council of Nonprofits - produces and curates tools, resources, and samples for nonprofits. Although it does not specifically serve CACs, the resources it offers apply to a wide range of agency management issues.
Center for Nonprofit Excellence - in addition to resources, this organization offers an extensive list of online webinars on a variety of nonprofit management issues.
Nonprofit Risk Management Center – this site has a lot of great articles on HR management topics including handbooks.
Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) - posts articles and resources for policy and procedures. There is a fee for membership to gain full access to resources.
This Interview Preparation and Questions guide was developed by the National Children's Advocacy Center.
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence offers free and paid webinars almost daily on a variety of topics.
NonprofitReady offers free online management training specifically targeted to nonprofits.
The NCAC's Virtual Training Center (VTC) offers hundreds of courses and webinars, many of them centered around administration. You must have a login to access the VTC, but it is free to sign up. View Administration and CAC Management Courses
The Outcomes Framework, developed by SRCAC Senior Project Specialist Cym Doggett, is a framework for measuring outcomes for CACs and MDTs.