Welcome to the Midwest Regional CAC Resource Library
Here you will find a wealth of information about various issues affecting MDTs, CACs and Chapters around the country.

Need help? Please contact Jordan Benning, Program Manager of Quality Assurance and Communications, at jordan.benning@childrensmn.org or 952.992.5275 if you experience any difficulty downloading the referenced materials or if you are in search of additional resources.

Click on each arrow to see the resources in each category, then click on each title to open or download the document.

Surveys and Reports

Snapshot 2017: Advocacy, Efficacy, and Funding in CACs Snapshot 2017 is a report that provides data and primary information on how Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are organized and funded, and identifies the key characteristics and attributes of high-performing CACs.

2013 Salary Survey 2011 Salary Survey 2010 Salary Survey These salary surveys looked not only at the salary ranges, but also broke them down according to CAC structure, population size, and children seen at the center.

2013 Multi-Site Survey of CACs This report includes important updates regarding current trends in the Child Advocacy Center movement including medical evaluations, forensic interview and working with CSEC victims.

2011 Survey on Trends in Forensic Interview and Medical Services Survey results from the 2011 Annual Survey on National Forensic Interviewing practices and Medical services offered by CACs

2009 Hospital Summit White Paper Information about hospital-based CACs including their strengths, weaknesses and staffing information

2009 Mental Health Survey A survey of accredited and associate member children’s advocacy centers conducted in late 2008 early 2009 to ascertain the scope of therapeutic services available to children and families within the membership of National Children’s Alliance

2008 Disaster Preparedness Manual How to prepare and respond in the event your CAC is hit by a natural disaster

2005 Job Description and Salary Survey

Childhood Trauma Series in Indian Country The Childhood Trauma Series in Indian Country will provide information about stressors, trauma responses, and effective treatments for American Indian and Alaska Native children and youth as well as their parents and other family members. This series is being offered by the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and presented by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD.

Protective Factors to Overcome Youth and Family Trauma A report issued by the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, or ACYF, explores the factors that make children and young people more able to cope with the trauma they face, focusing specifically on five populations that are often most vulnerable to victimization.

Child Maltreatment Data- 4th National Incidence Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4) The NIS-4 data, collected in 2005 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, provide updated estimates of the number of children who are abused or neglected, the nature and severity of the maltreatment, as well as the characteristics of children, perpetrators, and families involved.

Job Descriptions
National Children's Alliance (NCA) Accreditation

2017 NCA Revised CAC Accreditation Standards
A complete description of the most recent revision of the 10 standards of accreditation.

Online Accreditation Bootcamp
Includes expert interviews; presentations by Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance; and supportive documents for each of the standards, including sample cultural competency plans.

2011 NCA Revised Standards
A complete description of the 10 standards of accreditation including the essential components and rated criteria effective for all new accreditations through June 30, 2016 and for any re-accreditations scheduled to occur through December 31, 2016

NCA Chapter Accreditation Standards
A complete list of the standards you must meet to become an accredited Chapter

2nd Edition Annotated Bibliography of Evidence Supporting the National Standards for Accreditation
The National Standards for Accreditation rest on a foundation of research regarding CACs, MDTs, and the related disciplines. That evidence base is constantly evolving and we want to ensure that practices in the field match that evolving body of evidence. The National Children’s Alliance commissioned the 2nd Edition of the Annotated Bibliography of Evidence Supporting the National Standards for Accreditation. NCA would like to offer a special thank you to Chris Newlin, Muriel Wells, and Linda Cordisco-Steel of the National Children’s Advocacy Center for their hard work and dedication to the project. The new document will be helpful as you need citations for grants or other proposals and in your work with your MDT.

NCA Approved Forensic Interviewing Trainings
A list of the approved forensic interviewing courses that satisfy the forensic interviewing training requirements for accreditation

CAC Director's Guide to Mental Health Services
Provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) in partnership with NCA.


Updated Guidelines for the Medical Assessment and Care of Children Who May Have Been Sexually Abused
The Midwest Regional CAC is honored to have been involved in the preparation and publication of this important manuscript. The medical evaluation is an important part of the clinical and legal process when child sexual abuse is suspected. Practitioners who examine children need to be up to date on current recommendations regarding when, how, and by whom these evaluations should be conducted, as well as how the medical findings should be interpreted. A previously published article on guidelines for medical care for sexually abused children has been widely used by physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners to inform practice in this field. Since 2007, when the paper was published, new research has suggested changes in some of the guidelines and in the table that lists medical and laboratory findings in children evaluated for suspected sexual abuse and suggests how these findings should be interpreted with respect to sexual abuse.

Medical Standard Assessment Tool
Are you beginning to write or rewrite your Medical Standard? This tool will give you insight on many of the aspects involved in the Medical Standard including photodocumentation and training guidelines.

The Affordable Care Act and Your CAC
Curated resources about the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts children and children's advocacy centers

2009 Hospital Summit White Paper
Information about hospital-based CACs including their strengths, weaknesses and staffing information

Cultural Competency

Cultural Competency Resources
Curated online trainings and downloadable documents to help CACs meet the NCA standard on cultural competency and to provide culturally competent services for children, families and communities

NCA Guidance on Cultural Competency & Diversity
Written by members of the Diversity Committee and the Standards for Membership Committee of the Board of Directors of National Children’s Alliance to help your CAC develop an effective cultural diversity plan.

Tips for Foreign Language Interpreters
This video will discuss best practices for interpreting child abuse forensic interviews, let interpreters know what they should expect in an interview on possible child abuse (content and process) and help interpreters avoid common errors that might invalidate a child abuse interview.

Language Competence in Forensic Interviews for Suspected Child Sexual Abuse + other Lisa Aronson Fontes Articles
Via her webpage, you can view a number of articles written by or in collaboration with Lisa Aronson Fontes. The 2016 article referenced above focuses on language competence of forensic interviewers, along with recommendations for practice and further research.

Working with Refugee and Immigrant Communities
This brief report outlines the main challenges faced by refugee and immigrant communities that may lead to an intervention by a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and provides practical recommendations to help CACs better serve these communities.

Serving Children and Parents who Identify as LGBTIQ
Collected resources around same-sex parenting, children who identify as LGBTIQ, and more

Technical Assistance

Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO)
CALiO is one of the largest professional resource collections available today, providing access to published knowledge, educational materials and resources related to child maltreatment, as well as online search services, topic-specific annotated bibliography creation, resource package development.

Protocol Development Tool
The purpose of guidelines is to clarify the roles of each discipline, coordinate the activities of each agency, reduce duplication of effort and center activities on the needs of the child. In developing or revising guidelines for handling child abuse cases in your community, your team may wish to address the issues using key questions included for each of the stages.

Midwest Regional CAC's Social Media Survey Report
The Midwest Regional CAC examined how CACs can best conduct themselves on social media in light of the serious confidentiality and legal concerns related to the heart of their work, child abuse investigations. This survey gathered information about how CACs are currently using social media to inform the development of a social media toolkit.

Western Regional CAC's Director Toolkit
Western Regional CAC has a new online resource for CAC directors and others looking for information related to the standards for accreditation and operation of a developing or existing CAC. The CAC Director Toolkit contains over 140 resources including documents, tools, and links to other sites, with information on the standards, boards, financial management, evaluation, fundraising, working with special needs populations, and more.

Child Victim Web
Child Victim Web is a multimedia, online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. This course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented. Child Victim Web is FREE and provides 8 hours of CE Credit.

Children’s Advocacy Center Accessibility Toolkit
The CAC Accessibility Toolkit was created by the Children s Advocacy Center of North Dakota, working with a coalition of professionals from around the nation, to help multidisciplinary professionals better serve children with disabilities who have been abused.

Law Enforcement Guide on Recognizing Child Abuse
The guide provides information to help law enforcement differentiate between physical abuse and accidental injury during a child abuse investigation. The guide also identifies questions that law enforcement should address during an investigation, describes how to conduct a caretaker assessment when a child is injured, and highlights ways to work with the medical community to distinguish types of injuries and bruises.

NCTSN-Curated Child Sexual Abuse Resources
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network compiled a number of useful resources regarding child sexual abuse. This two-page guide includes links to take you directly to downloadable material.

Snap Chat Law Enforcement Guide
Snapchat is a smart phone application accessed through the iPhone AppStore or Google Play. The application provides a new way to share moments with photos and videos. The purpose of this guide is to familiarize law enforcement agencies with the categories of information available from Snapchat and the specific legal process necessary to obtain that information.

Forensic Interview Review Tool
This is an evaluation tool to be used during peer review.

Special Event Evaluation Tool
Use this tool to plan and evaluate your upcoming fundraiser, walk or training.

Four Step Methodology for Community Readiness for a CAC

Promising Futures Project
Developed by Futures without Violence, the Promising Futures Project is an online resource center for best practices for serving children, youth and parents experiencing domestic violence.

Best Practice Toolkit for Working with Domestic Violence Survivors with Criminal Histories
The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Open Doors Project is a national demonstration project that aims to identify and address the many barriers that incarcerated and formerly incarcerated domestic and sexual assault survivors face in obtaining advocacy and support from domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

Asking About and Responding to Survivors Experiences of Mental Health
The National Center on Trauma, Domestic Violence and Mental Health have produced this list of resources to educate domestic violence advocates on best practices in assisting victims with mental health concerns and to promote understanding to better serve this community.

Conversation Guide Series: Domestic Violence
The Conversation Guide Series was designed by the National Center on Trauma, Domestic Violence and Mental Health to provide guidance to domestic violence programs working to build their own capacity to provide accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed services.

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit


A Courtroom for All: Creating Child- and Adolescent-Fair Courtrooms
This monograph will outline how to create child and adolescent fair courtrooms and address issues such as support people, therapy animals, courtroom set up, child-friendly oaths, and other strategies for assisting young people through testimony.

Legal Eagle Listserv
Andrew Agatston has represented a number of children’s advocacy centers through the years. If you are a professional in a CAC, or affiliated with one, you can join his listserv for free with Andrew's analysis of child maltreatment cases that directly impact CACs and their MDT members.

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Experiencing Trauma and Other Mental Health Challenges: A Handbook for Attorneys
Handbook provides guidance to attorneys who are representing survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing trauma symptoms and/or mental health challenges

Improving Illinois’ Response to Sexual Offenses Committed by Youth
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission performed extensive scientific and legal research to understand the complex issues of the behavior, treatment, and rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders and the extent to which current knowledge has resulted in practical applications throughout the state. The findings from this research shaped the Commission s recommendations, which aim to increase public safety, improve outcomes for young offenders, and allocate scarce public resources effectively. To do this, Illinois should implement evidence-informed policies for professionals who work with victims and youth offenders; provide individualized, community-based, family-focused treatments and services; and repeal counter-productive sex offender registration requirements and categorical restrictions for young people.

NCA Fact Sheets

Importance of Children’s Advocacy Centers
Detailed information on statistics related to Children’s Advocacy Centers and their importance in effectively responding to victims of child abuse

National Children’s Alliance Organizational Fact Sheet
A detailed document offering background information, history and a structural breakdown of NCA

National Statistics on Child Abuse
National statistics on child abuse and children’s advocacy centers

Suggested Story Angles-Media
A list of newsworthy story angles that cover both local and national issues related to child abuse, intervention and prevention

How Does the Children’s Advocacy Center Model Work?
The National Children’s Alliance developed a flow chart to explain how the Children’s Advocacy Center Model works. This is a great resource to share with new staff, MDT Partners, volunteers, and donors.

The CAC Funding/Caseload Gap
The National Children’s Alliance developed this factsheet to help show how caseloads at CAC’s continue to grow while funding for CAC’s decreased across the board.

National Children’s Alliance Policy Brief
Short document highlighting the benefits children’s advocacy centers bring to children and communities

Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments for Child Abuse Victims
Quick reference guide for multi-disciplinary teams and brokers, compiled by the National Children's Alliance and the Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center


Internet Safety for Children with Special Needs
Children with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities may be more susceptible to on- and offline risks, such as abduction, sexual exploitation, online predation, and cyberbullying. NetSmartz Workshop educates children ages 5-17 about these risks and teaches them effective strategies for protecting themselves.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A National Resource Directory and Handbook
This resource directory specifically seeks to include and highlight child sexual abuse prevention organizations, programs, initiatives, and resources that are unique, innovative, and/or available for purchase or could be used as a model for other programs and communities. It primarily includes information on child sexual abuse prevention efforts in the United States. Additional resources from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are also included.

For Parents of Children with Disabilities: Family Safety Planning to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Creating a family safety plan is a good place to start when thinking about how to keep your child safe from sexual harm or abuse. This is a tip sheet for caregivers on how to start safety planning as a family to prevent child sexual abuse.

For Parents of Children with Disabilities: How to Talk to Your Children to Reduce Vulnerability to Sexual Abuse
It may be hard to think of our children as having sexual feelings, needs, and interests. But, just as they are curious about bugs, airplanes and animals, they will be curious about their bodies and other people’s bodies. This is a tip sheets for caregivers of children with disabilities on how to talk to your children to reduce vulnerability to sexual abuse.

For Parents of Children with Disabilities: How to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse in Program Settings
Parents worry about their children and want them to grow up safe and free from harm. It is an unfortunate reality that children experience sexual abuse and children with disabilities and other special needs experience abuse at even higher rates. This is a tip sheets for caregivers of children with disabilities on how to protect your child from sexual abuse in a program setting. *A program setting refers to a residential, educational, and recreational program in which your child might be involved

For Parents of Children with Disabilities: Behaviors to Watch for When Adults Are with Children and Signs That a Child or Teen May Be At-Risk to Harm Another Child
It is hard to believe that someone we know could also sexually abuse a child, yet, nearly 90% of the time children are sexually abused by someone they know, like, trust, or even love. More than a third of all sexual abuse of children is committed by other children or youth. This is a tip sheet for caregivers on behaviors to watch for when abuse are with children and signs that a child or teen may be at-risk to harm another child.

Missouri Task Force of the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children Report

Midwest Regional CAC Forms
Journal Club Application
The Midwest Regional CAC hosts journal club calls to help forensic interviewers stay current with research and connect with like professionals. Each call runs on a quarterly basis and is accessed by a 1-800 telephone line. All calls are FREE of charge to participants. Click on the link above to apply or click here for more information.

Reimbursement Guide
Consultants, presenters and training attendees who are interested in receiving reimbursement for activities with the Midwest Regional CAC can consult this handy one-page guide on reimbursement dos and don'ts.