The Thriving Kids Initiative

NCA helps kids thrive and communities shine with nationwide projects that develop, grow, and increase access to science-backed mental health treatments that reduce the lifelong effects of trauma caused by abuse. Coast to coast, and with your help, our Thriving Kids Initiative helps kids go back to being kids.

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How we help kids thrive

Child abuse can cause lifelong damage to children, families, and communities. But we can prevent these outcomes, especially when children receive science-backed mental health services and support early on. Here’s the evidence for the healing CACs provide to more than 200,000 kids each year.

Healing trauma: what works?

"Evidence-Based Treatments" and "Trauma-Informed Care"—what does it all mean? Here are some resources from NCA and Northeast Regional CAC to demystify the tools CACs use to heal kids. Find versions for parents and other caregivers, for law enforcement and child welfare partners, and for CAC staff.
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When kids hurt kids

Every year, 20-25% of the cases CACs handle involved a child acting out sexually against another child. Yet with proper treatment, as many as 98% of children stop these problematic sexual behaviors. Here's a wealth of resources for CACs on how to serve victims while addressing children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors, with free brochures, online trainings, and best practice documents.