Announcements

  • Online NCAtrak Training

    The NCAtrak team is pleased to announce it has transitioned its regular two-day in-person training course into virtual opportunities. This new format will give you the flexibility of attending the same training online as in-person without the necessary travel and while keeping you safe. We are also happy to continue offering this training at our same low price of $500 per participant! 

    The training is meant for new users or anyone who needs a refresher.  During the two-day training, participants will be introduced to the many great features available in NCAtrak which have made it the most popular software choice for CACs for more than fifteen years.  The comprehensive, hands-on training will provide a general overview, help attendees customize the NCAtrak system specifically to their CAC, and highlight the new features implemented over the last year. Whether a beginner or an experienced veteran, this training will provide all the knowledge needed to use NCAtrak effectively. Specific topic areas include:

    • Customized reporting
    • Statistical collection and submission
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Adding new staff
    • Changing or modifying a pick list
    • Reconciling reports
    • How to enter complex cases
    • Working in all the tabs
    • Changing law enforcement charges
    • The newly updated Mental Health and Medical tabs
    • New features available for cross jurisdictional cases
    • AND SO MUCH MORE!


    Availability is limited to 30 people per training and you must attend all sixteen hours of the training session to receive a certificate of attendance. The registration fee includes an electronic version of the NCAtrak training manual and all training materials. The dates/times for the next available session are listed below with a registration link.  Register now, space is going fast! 


      If you have any questions, feel free to contact the NCAtrak team at ncatraksupport@nca-online.org or gcossaboom@nca-online.org.

      Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

    • Joshua Center on Child Sexual Abuse - Please participate by completing the survey!

      The Joshua Center on Child Sexual Abuse, an emerging research center at the University of Washington School of Social Work, is reaching out to CACs through NCA for the National Study of Best Practices to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations. The Joshua Center wants to hear from child protection professionals about which policies and practices are most critical in protecting youth from child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations. All CAC staff are invited to participate, regardless of role or discipline, in an anonymous survey that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey was vetted by the NCA Research Advisory Committee, and the results will be shared on NCA Engage by February 2021.

      Access the survey online at catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/joshuacenter/393069.

      If you have any questions regarding the Joshua Center or this study, please contact the Joshua Center directly at joshuacenter@uw.edu.
    • 2020 Leadership Conference

      Got conference questions? Get the FAQ.

      NCA Leadership Conference. One Voice, Stronger, 2020Last week, we sent out an email about this year’s Leadership Conference, rescheduled to December 13-16 because of the pandemic. Included in the email was an update to our conference cancellation policy for those who can’t make the rescheduled date.

      Remember, you can always get the latest on the conference website: conference.nationalchildrensalliance.org. Check out the FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions, too.
    • How to add Staff to NCA Engage

      Click the link below to review our new user registration process for NCA Engage users.

      Also visit the Getting Started page for step by step instructions.

    • The 2020 Leadership Conference is postponed until Dec. 13-16.

    • How to add Staff to NCA Engage

      Click the link below to review our new user registration process for NCA Engage new users.

      Also visit the Getting Started page for step by step instructions.
    • *NEW* COVID-19 Medical and Tele-Interview Resources

      Dear colleagues, please check out our new guides on health + safety for medical and CAC staff and clients, and our new guide on tele-forensic interviewing to keep services going during social distancing. 

      Medical Guide
      Tele-FI Guide
    • New COVID-19 Resource Page for CACs

      To stop the spread of COVID-19, public health authorities in the U.S. and globally have recommended social distancing—ceasing all non-essential human contact. Yet CACs provide many critical services which have, until now, been conducted in person.

      NCA has developed a resource page for information relevant to helping CACs respond to the needs of children and families through this crisis. There, you'll find guidance and general information on providing services safely, videos, links to resources, and more. This page will be updated with new information continually as it becomes available, so please check back frequently.

    • Coronavirus Guidance for CACs

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      Coronavirus Resources for CACs

       

      Dear CAC Colleagues:

      Several of you have reached out for guidance regarding COVID-19, a novel (new) coronavirus, as cases have emerged in the U.S. Below you will find helpful resources as you consider the possible impact on your Children’s Advocacy Center.

      While NCA continues to daily monitor these events and act in alignment with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance, you should consult your own local public health officials for guidance specific to your area and the risk level that pertains directly to it. A directory of local health departments may be found here.
       

    • Who Inspires You? Leadership Conference Award Nominations Are Open

      Who Inspires You? Nominate someone for a 2020 Recognition Award at the 2020 Leadership Conference from National Children's Alliance. "One Voice, Stronger."

      April 1 deadline: Tell us who your champions are!

      Who do you know who goes above and beyond to champion the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) model and mission? Who makes us stronger?

      At the National Children’s Alliance 2020 Leadership Conference this spring, we’ll recognize outstanding individuals and groups who have proved their commitment and dedication to children and families. This is your chance to tell us who should be up there on that stage receiving an award. Who exemplifies the CAC movement’s commitment to children? Who deserves the recognition of our entire field?

      Nominate someone whose work you admire at a partner organization, at another CAC, at a Chapter, or at your own CAC—you can even nominate yourself. Accredited member agencies, Associate/Developing member agencies, Satellite members, Affiliate members, and Chapter organizations of NCA may nominate one candidate for each of six award categories.

      Submit your nominations by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 1.
       

      Nominate Someone Now

      Six Award Categories for Every Aspect of Our Work

      You can nominate one candidate for each of the six award categories:

      • Bud Cramer Advocacy Award
        This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment and dedication to children through his or her extraordinary promotion of the CAC model. This individual has moved the field forward through vision, leadership, and the ability to reach and motivate great numbers of people.
         
      • Community and National Philanthropy Leadership Awards
        These awards recognize an individual or organization who has demonstrated exemplary and sustained commitment to financially support the CAC movement. There are two categories for this award: 1) Community, and 2) National. The Community Philanthropy Leadership Award is for philanthropists who have financially supported local CACs or Chapters. The award will be given to an individual or organization(s) whose sustained generosity has had an appreciable impact on the viability and reach of the benefiting organization; moreover, the nominee has assumed a leadership role in giving, encouraging others to take on philanthropic roles in the organization.

        The National Philanthropy Leadership Award recipient will be selected by NCA based on the same criteria as it relates to the national organization.
         
      • Horowitz-Barker Lifetime Achievement Award
        This award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated, over the course of a career, a dedication to the Children’s Advocacy Center movement and a strengthening of the CAC model. Through the nominee’s efforts, the development or significant expansion of one or more CACs has been ensured. The nominee has led by example and demonstrated the spirit of collaboration that is the hallmark of multidisciplinary team work. And, the nominee has passed on his or her professional knowledge to the next generation of CAC leaders through mentoring (formal or informal), coaching, and training. 
         
      • Innovative Changemaker Award
        This award recognizes an individual or group who has demonstrated innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness in the development and implementation of programs, practices, or public awareness campaigns in a CAC or Chapter. The nominee has utilized groundbreaking strategies to improve mental health programs, public awareness, management practices, or child advocacy, thereby empowering others to better serve children and communities.
         
      • Outstanding Chapter Leader Award
        This award recognizes a professional who has demonstrated perseverance and dedication to an NCA Chapter through his or her professional endeavors. Through the nominee’s efforts, the establishment and/or success of a Chapter has been ensured. The nominee has facilitated or participated in teamwork and is recognized for his or her essential leadership attributes and contributions to the process.
         
      • Volunteer Leadership Award
        This award recognizes a volunteer (individual or group) who has demonstrated perseverance and dedication to a local CAC. Through the nominee’s efforts, the viability of the CAC has been appreciably affected.
         
      Learn more about who is eligible for each award and start the nomination process at our conference website.
       
      Tell Us Who Deserves Recognition
    • Open Now: 2020 Leadership Conference Registration

      Conference Registration is Open. Register Now & Get Your Best Rate for the CAC Movement's Premier Annual Event.

      The wait is over. This year's NCA Leadership Conference is our chance to help kids thrive in the 900 strong communities where we speak with a single voice for kids. Join your colleagues here in Washington, where the power of one is the power of everyone. we'll build on our strategic successes, collaborate toward better work for kids, and sharpen the skills in business, advocacy, and communications we need to strengthen our movement.

      Register Now for the 2020 Leadership Conference


      Join us May 31-June 3 here in D.C., and gather with your favorite peers, experts, and leaders as we renew our energy to serve the greatest cause of all: providing healing and justice for our nation's children and families. Beyond the great networking and advocacy opportunities of the 2020 Leadership Conference and NCA's Annual Hill Day visits to Congress, the conference will feature four exciting tracks of quality educational content.
       
      Register Now

      Book Your Conference Hotel Room!

      Your lowest rate is available now

      NCA has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel—our conference venue—at the federal rate of $256 per night plus tax (currently 14.5% per room per night) for single and double occupancy. You may use the link above to book your lodging for the conference online, or you may call the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel reservation line at 800-228-9290. If you make your lodging reservation by phone, please mention the NCA Leadership Conference to obtain the reduced rates.
       
      NCA has also reserved an overflow room block at Courtyard Washington Downtown/Convention Center at the federal rate of $256 per night plus tax for single and double occupancy. This hotel is within five minutes walking distance to the Renaissance Hotel. You may use the links below to book your lodging online or call the hotel reservation line directly 888-236 2427 for Courtyard Washington reservations.  
       
      All room blocks will expire April 24. 

      Note: Rooms are expected to sell out quickly. Once all rooms have been sold, the rooming block will close. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

      Renaissance Downtown: Book Your Room
      Courtyard Downtown: Book Your Room
    • Make the most out of your NCA Member Benefits!

    • Receiving too many emails or not receiving emails from NCA Engage?

      Are you receiving too many emails from NCA Engage?
      Do you prefer real-time community discussion notifications?
      Do you want to change the email address for your community notifications?
      Update your email preferences! 

      All users can update their community email preferences under the "My Account > Community Notifications" tab in their profile.

      Daily Consolidated Community Digest - Offers a comprehensive view of all activity from the previous day for the communities you specify in a single email. This email is sent every day at 4:30pm EST and includes discussions, announcements, and library entries. 

      Weekly Consolidated Community Digest - Offers a comprehensive view of all activity from the preceding week for the communities you specify in a single email. This email is sent every Monday at 4:30pm EST  and includes discussions, announcements, and library entries. 

      Discussion Email - Offers discussion post from a single community that can be delivered to you by email in real-time or in a daily email. Configure the frequency and delivery details of discussion notifications for each community. 

      In addition to community notifications, other messages are routinely sent to users. These messages -System, Community, Participation, and Promotional - will always be sent to your profile inbox. By default, they are also emailed to your preferred email address. You can edit these settings under My Account > Email Preferences.

      Also, please add our community email address (Mail@ConnectedCommunity.org) to your organization’s whitelist. Due to the high volume of emails generated from our community, some email service providers incorrectly identify the email as spam. While we do everything possible to ensure reliable deliverability rates, it's sometimes necessary that you add the community email addresses to your "whitelist" (this tells your mail service provider that we are approved senders and not spam). You may need to work with your IT department or vendor to add the domain (Mail@ConnectedCommunity.org) to your organization's whitelist.

    • Are NCA Grant Funds Eligible for Case Management Needs?

      NCAtrak: Built for you, funded by us. NCA grant funds can be used to meet your case management needs. Here's what NCAtrak can do for you.

      Your deadline to apply for grants through our National Subgrants Program (NSP) is Thursday, December 5. But you and your team are hard at work deciding which categories to apply for and how you'll use these funds to serve the hundreds of thousands of kids who come through the doors of a CAC every year. How are you keeping track of it all? 

      Certain grant categories are eligible not only to fund the subscription costs of your software platform, but also for in-person and online training, support, and data migration. 
       

      Support for states

      NCA grants support funding for Chapters and their member CACs for specialized NCAtrak case-management environments, customized for the needs of CACs in your state. In addition to subscription costs, this eligibility includes on-site support, training, and data migration. 
       

      Support for individual CACs

      We have grant categories that can be used for annual fees for your NCAtrak subscription and for customized online training. Read our grant RFPs for more details.
       

       

      Read Our Grant RFPs for More Info