Iowa Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers
The Iowa Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ICCAC) was formed in 2003 by a group of child abuse professionals who felt that the Children’s Advocacy Center model was the most effective way to tackle the problems associated with child abuse. ICCAC provides support services to Iowa’s local Child Advocacy Centers with the development, continuation and enhancement of the Child Advocacy Center model in their local communities.
ICCAC is dedicated to the multidisciplinary, child advocacy approach and a coordinated, comprehensive response to child abuse. ICCAC utilizes local networks and is familiar with laws that are unique to Iowa. In addition to networking and mentoring opportunities, ICCAC is working to educate state leadership on protecting children and the needs of CPCs. The Iowa Chapter also provides state-wide training and other resources.
Benefits of Chapter Membership
The Iowa Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ICCAC) provides an array of services that benefit its Membership:
1.) The Iowa Chapter provides educational and networking opportunities through the annual Chapter retreat, by hosting and supporting child abuse trainings across the state, and providing funding for attendance at the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Leadership Conference.
2.) In addition, the Chapter serves as a liaison between the Membership and the NCA, Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (MRCAC) and other ICCAC partners. In this role the Chapter communicates relevant information, makes connections for training assistance and administers grant funds.
3.) The Chapter also engages in legislative efforts that educate Legislators and other State leaders on child protection issues, secure funding for Child Advocacy Centers and advocate for the well-being of children.
4.) Furthermore, the Chapter compiles state-wide statistical data from all Centers. Data is gathered through NCAtrak and the Outcome Measurement System (OMS) providing insight into the services offered, clients served and satisfaction with the Centers and CAC service model.