Who Is CACWA?
CACWA is the Washington State Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs)
What We Do
CACWA is a membership organization that supports existing and developing Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) by providing a variety of services and resources to both established CACs and communities wishing to establish CACs. Services and supports include:
Networking, Mentoring, & Support
CACWA facilitates connections between centers and staff through newsletters, networking meetings, listserv groups, training, and other engagement opportunities.
Growth, Development, & Expansion of Services
CACWA identifies underserved and unserved areas of the State and facilitates efforts to establish services in those areas by supporting development of new centers and/or the expansion of existing centers.
Training & Professional Development
CACWA facilitates a wide range of training and professional development opportunities throughout the year to meet the needs of local teams, boards and CAC staff.
Funding & Resource Development
CACWA administers state and federal funds that support the work of CACs in WA and engages in state and federal legislative efforts to advocate for continued and increased financial resources. CACWA also maintains a list of local, state and national funding sources – a helpful resource for CACs seeking support for special projects or initiatives.
Legislation & Policy
CACWA establishes and enables legislation and lends its voice to statutory or policy issues related to child abuse and CACs by working with state lawmakers, state agency representatives and other organizations to ensure the interests of CACs are represented in policy development and decision-making.
Community Awareness & Marketing
CACWA publishes a monthly e-newsletter and hosts a website with links to all local center websites. The Chapter also has brochures and other materials available for use by local centers to promote services and recruit volunteers and donors.
Evaluation, Assessment & Reporting
CACWA assists centers and teams with NCA Accreditation, Facilitates collection, compilation and dissemination of meaningful data from all centers, and conducts periodic site visits to ensure all centers are meeting the Standards and providing consistent levels of service.