Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center obtains reaccreditation | Local News

The Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center has been reaccredited by the National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the country, the National Children’s Alliance awards varying levels of accreditation and membership to centers that respond to allegations of child abuse effectively. efficient and prioritizing the needs of child victims of abuse. . Accreditation is the highest level of membership in the National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service delivery.

Accredited CCCs must undergo a reaccreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continuously applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2017, this year’s reaccreditation reflects Dove House’s commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice. As an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, Dove House is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child sexual abuse.

Serving all of Iredell and Alexander counties, Dove House’s mission is to minimize trauma, promote healing, and enhance investigations and prosecutions for child victims of sexual abuse through advocacy, intervention, collaboration and education. Since its opening in September 2002, the agency has provided services to over 11,500 primary victims (child victims) and secondary victims (non-offending family members). As an accredited member and working under a protocol jointly developed by Dove House and several community organizations, all reported cases of child sexual abuse are handled in a comprehensive and coordinated manner, allowing for immediate and compassionate, less traumatic for children, a broad victim advocate for services to families in crisis and higher quality investigations clearly demonstrated by an 88% prosecution success rate, compared to less than 20% before they existed. Additionally, Dove House has created an age-appropriate safety awareness program (“Safety First”) which is presented annually to over 3,000 first and fifth graders in local school systems. .

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