What Accreditation Means

As the accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), NCA ensures that all children across the U.S. served by CACs receive consistent, evidence-based services that help them heal from abuse. The vast majority of NCA members have undertaken the rigorous process to meet the ten Standards and become Accredited CACs. Our Associate Members are working toward accreditation, and our Affiliate Members serve children in their communities with the resources available. Learn more about our Standards for Accredited Members and our process, and find resources to help below.

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Why get accredited?

Our best resource to get you ready for accreditation or re-accreditation under the 2017 Standards is our Accreditation Bootcamp, produced with our partners at the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center. Start camp now with this free, self-paced video training series.

What are the Standards?

Our ten Standards for Accredited Members help CACs improve practice and serve kids better. The Standards represent the work of more than 70 child abuse intervention professionals and experts following the latest evidence. They're updated with the latest science—and our Accredited Members demonstrate they're meeting them—every five years.
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Whats the process?

The accreditation process is designed to be supportive, consistent, and objective. Learn more about the process here.

Start here

If you're ready to get accredited with NCA, here's where to start.
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Accreditation resources for members

Our best resource to get you ready for accreditation or re-accreditation under the 2017 Standards is our Accreditation Bootcamp, produced with our partners at the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center. Start camp now with this free, self-paced video training series.