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  • 03 Feb 2015 10:15 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County/Small Talk Children’s Assessment Center is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to serve as the chief executive officer to provide overall management and conduct forensic interviews for a multi-location, large-scale organization with a vision of growth and regionalism.  The position is full-time , partially grant-funded with a starting salary range of $53, 000.  Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to rhonda@cap-council.org  by March 2, 2015.  Please see the links below for the details of the job description and responsibilities.

    Click Here to View the Job Posting

  • 03 Feb 2015 9:23 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center in Harrison, Michigan, is seeking a motivated and driven individual to fill the role of Child and Family Care Coordinator. 

    The Child and Family Care Coordinator’s role is to coordinate resources and referrals for children and their non-offending family members who receive services at the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center (NMMCAC). In addition, the Care Coordinator will receive training and will conduct forensic interviews as part of the intervention services in responding to cases of suspected child abuse. The position has the expectation of understanding and implementing the state and county protocol for interviewing children identified as alleged victims of child sexual abuse, strong physical abuse, and/or witness to trauma.

    Click Here View the Job Description

    This position will begin as part time with opportunities to expand as needed. The Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a core belief in organizational enrichment through diversity. All resumes and statements of interest should be sent to blaw@nmmcac.org by February 6, 2015.


  • 03 Feb 2015 8:50 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    The Manistee County Children’s Advocacy Center has achieved accredited status with the National Children’s Alliance. This accreditation recognizes the work of the Manistee community and Multidisciplinary Team to ensure the children’s advocacy center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, and help children heal from abuse.

    The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Please join the Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (MINCA) in congratulating the Manistee CAC and welcoming them as the newest accredited member of MINCA. 


  • 28 Jan 2015 10:46 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Oakland County CAC is seeking a full-time Forensic Interviewer. The Forensic Interviewer will conduct interviews of children regarding allegations of child sexual abuse. The Forensic Interviewer develops relationships with multi-disciplinary team members and facilitates MDT meetings. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field, and experience in forensic interviewing. If interested, you may Click Here to email your resume to Yvonne Cameron or you my mail your resume to the below address:

    CARE House of Oakland County
    Attention:Yvonne Cameron
    44765 Woodward Avenue
    Pontiac, MI 48341

    Click Here to view the full Job Description.


  • 10 Jan 2015 11:38 AM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance 2015 CAC/MDT Professional Development Conference.  The conference will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City Michigan.  This will be the 5th annual conference conducted for members of Children's Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams from Michigan and surrounding States.  The conference will be held on April 20-21, 2015 and will focus on providing attendees with information to assist them in their role with the Children's Advocacy Center or Multidisciplinary Team.  There are a number of National, Regional and Local speakers presenting on a wide range of topics appropriate for any professional involved in the work of child protection through CAC/MDT or other organizations.  We hope to see you in at the conference.

    Click Here to go to our conference information page for additional information and to register for the conference. 


  • 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.

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