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  • 16 Nov 2014 12:47 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center is a Developing CAC member of the National Children's Alliance based in Roscommon County.  They will be having an open house this month and the information is below.

     When:   Friday, November 21, 2014

    Where: NMCAC - 112 Fourth St.

    Roscommon, MI  48653

    989-275-7145

    Time:  12:00pm. – 6:30 p.m

    Please join us for an open house at the Children’s Assessment Center. Meet Becky Yuncker, Executive Director, take a tour, and enjoy some refreshments.

  • 07 Nov 2014 12:29 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Sanilac County Health Department was presented with the 2014 Michigan Department of Community Health’s Director’s Award.  The Director’s Award was established in 1983 and is presented annually to a local health department in recognition of excellence in public health.  The award recognizes local health department’s that have implemented and/or are currently implementing innovative programs or interventions.

    The Health Department submitted an abstract that described and highlighted the new Sanilac Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the CACs partnership with the health department and various other community partners.

    Mark Miller, local liaison from the Michigan Department of Community Health made the presentation to Dianna Schafer at the annual Premier Public Health Conference at Shanty Creek on Wednesday October 22, 2014.  “Sanilac County should be very pleased and proud to have their local county health department advocating for children who are victims of severe physical and sexual abuse” Stated Miller.  Since the Sanilac Child Advocacy Center opened in November of 2013, 72 children have received services. 

    In addition, the Sanilac County News reported on November 5, 2014 that Sanilac County voters are the first in Michigan to pass a millage to support programs for victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and domestic violence.  The S.A.V.E. Partnership millage will help provide funding for the Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council that operates Eva’s Place Shelter, the Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council, programing to prevent child abuse and neglect and the new Sanilac County Child Advocacy Center which provides forensic interviews and physical exams for victims of Sexual and severe physical abuse.

  • 24 Oct 2014 2:49 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce that the Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center in Lansing, Michigan and the Jackson County Child Advocacy Center in Jackson, Michigan have recently achieved accredited status with the National Children’s Alliance.

    The establishment of a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in any community is an accomplishment for which the CAC staff, multidisciplinary team and community can be very proud. The willingness and ability of a community and multidisciplinary team to implement the CAC model establishes the community and MDT members as leaders in the growing CAC national movement.  Additionally, being recognized by a national organization validates all of the hard work and commitment of the Jackson and Lansing communities.

    Congratulations to the Small Talk Children’s Advocacy Center and the Jackson County Child Advocacy Center on being accepted as an accredited member of the Michigan Chapter and the National Children’s Alliance.

  • 11 Sep 2014 10:41 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    A forum has been started for Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance (MINCA) members to provide input and comments on the work of the Governors Task force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, also know as Erin's Law. The Task Force was authorized pursuant to 2012 PA 593, which identifies the specific responsibilities of the Task Force, and provides that the work must be completed no later than 365 days after the members of the Task Force are appointed.

    The appointments to the task force were announced on June 17, 2014 so the task force work must be completed by June of 2015.

    Click Here to go to the forum page where you can view a copy of 2012 PA 593, which will describe the duties of the Task Force.  You will need to login as a member to access the page.

    Should you have any questions or comments about the Task Force, please post them on the forum. We will begin posting brief updates regarding the Task Force on the forum after each meeting for member review and comment.

  • 10 Sep 2014 10:46 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    In August a number of cyclists from the West Michigan area completed a bike ride from the Iron Bridge in the City of Allegan to the Mackinac Bridge. The 4 day ride covered approximately 350 miles to raise money for the Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center in Allegan.  The Safe Harbor CAC provides services for children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse.

    According to Lori Antkoviak, the Executive Director of the Safe Harbor CAC, last years bide ride raised about $4000 which was used to provide services to children at the center.  The center provides forensic interviews, therapy services, medical exams and victim advocacy.

    The weather was perfect for the last day of the ride and all riders successfully completed the full 350 miles. The cyclists were met at the finish line by representatives from the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance, family members and supporters of the Safe Harbor CAC.  

    Planning is already underway for next years event and organizers are hopeful that representatives from other CACs will join the ride next year.

    Congratulations to the cyclists for completing the ride and thanks for your efforts to support the Allegan County CAC.

  • 10 Sep 2014 10:13 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Norther Michigan Children's Advocacy Center is a developing Children's Advocacy Center in Roscommon. The CAC is a developing member of the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance.  The CAC is seeking an Executive Director.

    The Executive Director is responsible for general administration, financial management, personnel management, program development and evaluation, assistance with development of policies and procedures, and public and community relations.  

    Click Here to view the full job description.

    Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume and supporting documentation to the address below:

    Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center
    500 Lake Street
    Roscommon, MI 48653

  • 04 Aug 2014 12:34 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center is hiring a full-time Forensic Interviewer. Located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, the TBCAC is expanding its outreach to a five-county region. The Forensic Interviewer will conduct interviews of children regarding allegations of child abuse as well as develop relationships with investigators, prosecutors, and treatment specialists to serve new geographic areas. Completion of specialized forensic interview training required. If interested, resumes can be mailed, faxed or emailed.

    Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
    121 E. Front Street, STE 301
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Fax: 231-929-4255
    Email: sbolde@traversebaycac.org 

  • 08 Apr 2014 11:40 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center (TBCAC) Board of Directors is announcing that Executive Director, Brooke Nettz, will be leaving the Center.  Because of her success in building such a strong program here in Traverse City, she now has opportunities to protect children in other parts of the state.

    Under Brooke’s leadership, the Center has been helping children from Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties as well as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians through awareness, intervention, collaboration, and healing.

    Since opening its doors on April 5, 2010, nearly 600 forensic interviews have been conducted. Staff has expanded to include a Family Advocate, Intake Coordinator, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator and Fund Development Coordinator. TBCAC intervention staff work closely, on a daily basis, with members of law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, and the medical and mental health professions to protect children by providing prevention and a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, assessment and treatment of children who have suffered sexual or severe physical abuse.

    As the Executive Director of the TBCAC, Brooke has forged many relationships within the community, both empowering and challenging our community to take a Zero Tolerance approach to child sexual abuse.

    Brooke stated in a letter to the Board of Directors, “It has been my pleasure to serve as Executive Director of the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center over the past four years.  Together we have moved mountains, achieved greatness, and most importantlyundefinedchanged children's lives forever.”

    Her dedication and natural ability to facilitate collaboration helped the TBCAC become nationally accredited by National Children’s Alliance in its first year of operation, a feat unprecedented in the state of Michigan.

    Brooke has been a passionate, energetic and a faithful steward of our community's children. Marilyn Vlach, TBCAC Board of Directors Chair had this to say, “As the executive director for the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center since it’s opening in 2010, Brooke Nettz has been instrumental not only in overseeing the integrity of the services the center has provided but also tirelessly worked to ensure the sustainability of the organization.  As the Board Chair it has been a privilege to work alongside an individual whose passion to protect children from child sexual abuse so closely mirrors the mission of the TBCAC.  I believe I speak for the entire Board when I say we are thankful for the solid foundation Brooke has helped to develop and am confident the TBCAC will continue to be a strong partner in intervention and prevention services for children in our community.”

    A committee is already at work searching for the next Executive Director of the TBCAC. Plans have been made to ensure a smooth transition. 

    Anyone interested in the Executive Director position is encouraged to review the job description and to email Marilyn Vlach at boardchair@traversebaycac.org with additional questions.

  • 13 Mar 2014 6:57 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    Child and Family Enrichment Council (CAFE) in Mt. Pleasant, MI is currently seeking a full time Executive Director. If interested, please contact Interim Executive Director Bethany Law for a full copy of the job description and requirements by email at bethany@cafefamily.org or phone at (989)773-6444. Position posting closes March 24, 2014.
  • 14 Feb 2014 4:15 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center located in beautiful Traverse City, MI is hiring a part-time forensic interviewer. Over time, this position will move to a full-time position. If interested, resumes can be mailed, faxed or emailed.

    Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
    121 E. Front Street
    Suite 301
    Traverse City, MI 49684

    Fax: 231-929-4255

    Email: bnettz@traversebaycac.org
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