Growth and Development
The Nebraska Alliance gathers data about the served, under-served and un-served areas in Nebraska to address the ongoing establishment and sustainability of CACs. In 2015, the Nebraska Alliance utilized the results to demonstrate the need to expand CAC services into the rural communities. When state legislation passed in 2015, the Nebraska Alliance secured funding for the startup costs for four new CAC satellite offices, ongoing operations for the five established CAC satellite offices, and a statewide outreach coordinator to provide technical assistance support.
Training and Technical Assistance
The Nebraska Alliance identifies and addresses the evolving training and technical assistance needs of the CACs and multidisciplinary team members throughout the state. Since 2007, the Nebraska Alliance has attained grant funding for training sponsorships and CAC sub-awards so that approximately 1,500 professionals are trained each year. Additionally, through its national and regional partners, the Nebraska Alliance is able to host national trainers for the CACs and multi-disciplinary team members who conduct child abuse investigations.
Awareness and Education
The Nebraska Alliance serves as a leading resource throughout the state by supporting efforts to:
- Increase awareness about child abuse and the CAC model.
- Reform systems to ensure improved opportunities and outcomes for child abuse victims.
The Nebraska Alliance educates for legislation at the state and federal level. Each year, the Nebraska Alliance conducts meetings with Nebraska State Senators and with the Nebraska members of the United States Congress to share the latest information about child abuse and neglect and to offer them ways that they can help.
The Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers represents its seven member child advocacy centers (CACs) through public policy work focused on legislative advocacy, leadership on statewide initiatives, and partnerships with other Nebraska agencies serving children and families.
Through its policy work, the Nebraska Alliance seeks to enhance Nebraska’s response to child abuse by advocating for:
- A coordinated, collaborative approach to child protection. Children and their families are best served when the many different agencies and professionals who investigate, respond, and provide support following child abuse allegations work together. High-functioning and collaborative multidisciplinary teams (1184 teams) are key to ensuring safety, justice, and healing for Nebraska children and families.
- Strong child advocacy centers. Local child advocacy centers are essential to minimizing the trauma that children and families experience by providing coordinated investigations and access to needed services. CACs must have the resources they need to provide the children and families they serve with the high quality, evidence-based care they deserve.
- A child protection system grounded in research and data. Children and families deserve high-performing child protection and child welfare services. These systems must use research, track and monitor data, and openly share information so that improvements to the care children and families receive can be made.