Alabama

Family Sunshine Center, CARES Project

Funding Period: 
[2012 - 2016]
Description: 

The CARES (Children Advancing through Recovery and Empowerment Services) Project will be sponsored by the Montgomery Area Family Violence Project in partnership with the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority to provide trauma-focused care to children and adolescents under the age of 18 who have been traumatized by family and/or sexual violence, and/or child abuse, and/or neglect. The project will utilize Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with clients residing in the River Region of Alabama (including Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties). CARES will provide training both to the community at-large and to various community agencies to develop a trauma-informed system of care.

Contact: 
Karen Seller
Phone: 
(334) 206-2100

National Child Advocacy Center

Funding Period: 
[2002 - 2006]
Description: 
The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and has revolutionized our nation’s response to child sexual abuse since its creation under the leadership of Bud Cramer. Since 1985, NCAC has served as a model for the 800+ CACs now operating in the United States and more than 19 countries throughout the world. The NCAC provides local services in Madison County, Alabama as well as providing regional, national, and international training to child abuse professionals. Locally, NCAC has successfully implemented TF-CBT and PCIT in order to provide abused children with high quality, evidence-based interventions. Internationally and nationally, NCAC also provides training and technical assistance on topics such as: Forensic Interviewing, Extended Forensic Interviewing, Polyvictimization, and Victim Advocacy. Through its Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC) project, staff have developed and delivered numerous trainings throughout the United States, including “Creating Trauma-Informed Multidisciplinary Teams” and “Secondary Traumatic Stress and Multidisciplinary Teams.” Additionally, SRCAC provides training and technical assistance to CACs in the Southern Region to meet the National Children’s Alliance Standards for Accreditation, including the mental health standard that advances evidence-based mental health practices in CACs. NCAC also houses the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO), making it one of the largest professional resource collections in the United States of published knowledge, educational materials, and educational resources related to child maltreatment available to CAC professionals. CALiO provides an array of professional services, including online search services, table of contents services, and training. Among its more specialized services, CALiO compiles and creates annotated bibliographies of resources on specific issues including poly-victimization and problems and topics of interest pertaining to child abuse and neglect, as well as developing resource packages for decision making and research. The NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.
Contact: 
Chris Newlin
Phone: 
(256) 327-3786
Address: 

Premier Evaluations, Inc.
120 Holbrook Drive
Huntsville, AL 35806

Work: 
Work: (256) 658-2090
Mobile: 
Description: 

Amy Shadoin was formerly research officer of the National Children's Advocacy Center. She now works as an evaluator with community-based organizations that address a broad spectrum of family violence issues. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on development and dissemination of evidence-based programs to prevent and treat trauma related to child abuse.

Address: 

PO Box 56
4855 Broad Street
Mooresville, AL 35649

Work: 
(256) 520-0366
Fax: 
(256) 350-1888
Description: 

JoAnn Jaco Plucker was project director for the National Children's Advocacy Center's NCTSN project in Huntsville, Alabama. She is now a private consultant and grant writer.

Address: 

HEALS, Inc.
1100 Meridian St
Huntsville, AL 35801

Work: 
(256) 428-7560
Fax: 
(256) 428-7561
Description: 

Connie Carnes is the former the director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. She is now director of HEALS, Inc. (Health Establishments at Local Schools), an agency that provides free medical and dental care to at-risk children in Title I schools. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on expanding trauma-based knowledge and programs in schools.

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