MEDIA CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALASKA CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE EARNS ACCREDITATION

MEDIA CONTACT
Pam Karalunas
907-688-0163
[email protected]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALASKA CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE EARNS ACCREDITATION
FROM NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE
National Children’s Alliance recognizes Alaska Children’s Alliance for its delivery of high quality and
effective services to child abuse victims through accreditation
The Alaska Children’s Alliance (ACA) has been awarded State Chapter Accreditation by National
Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. Accreditation is the
highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service
provision. As an accredited State Chapter, ACA has been recognized for providing Children’s Advocacy
Centers (CACs) and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs) with the resources they need to consistently offer
unique and vital services to child victims of abuse and their families; and for serving as the voice for all
CACs in Alaska.
Founded in 2004, the mission of Alaska Children’s Alliance is to promote a culturally appropriate
multidisciplinary response to child maltreatment throughout Alaska. Alaska Children’s Alliance
membership consists of all of the child advocacy centers, as well as “friends of CACs.” The CACs are
Alaska CARES in Anchorage, Irniamta Ikayurviat in Bethel, Copper River Basin CAC, Nitaput Child
Advocacy Center in Dillingham, RCPC Stevie’s Place in Fairbanks, S.A.F.E. CAC in Juneau, Haven
House CAC in Homer, Central Peninsula CAC in Kenai, Seward Child Advocacy Center, The Children’s
Place in Mat-Su and Kawerak CAC in Nome.
National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a Chapter’s compliance with three
national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to
CACs and Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) within their respective states. National Children’s Alliance
developed and implemented these standards in 2008. There are currently 48 State and Native American
Chapters operating across the nation.
“As an organization dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the CAC model in Alaska, we recognize
the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the MDT approach.
Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to support of local centers
responding to allegations of child abuse, but also contributes to consistency across the child advocacy
center movement as a whole,” said Pam Karalunas, Chapter Coordinator
“Alaska Children’s Alliance is to be commended for its excellent work providing a statewide network
supporting the continued work of local CACs and MDTs ensuring effective treatment for child victims
throughout Alaska. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers
and State Chapters across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to
high quality services that result from professional collaboration – and that every CAC receives relevant,
timely support services from their State Chapter to continue this important work,” remarked Teresa
Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.
For more information about Alaska Children’s Alliance visit www.akchildrensalliance.com
ACA provides on-going training and technical assistance, including the biennial Alaska Child
Maltreatment Conference: Respect & Protect scheduled for October 22-24. ACA’s current projects
include the National Children’s Alliance Outcome Measurement System Pilot Project, Honoring
Protecting & Nurturing Our Children, a Copper River Basin Community Outreach Program and
Improving Services to Child Victim, an I.H.S. funded project.
National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 700 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. www.nationalchildrensalliance.org
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