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  • 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

  • 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 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 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

  • 13 Feb 2014 4:43 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)

    Care House, the Macomb County Child Advocacy Center, seeks a full-time Counselor/Family Advocate. Candidates must be a LMSW with experience in the treatment of child trauma (preferably child sexual and physical abuse), including Trauma-Focused Therapy, group psychotherapy and the facilitation of support groups. The candidate should have a minimum of three years of supervisory experience; know legal reporting requirements under the Michigan Child Protection Act, have excellent computer skills, written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment. The Counselor/Family Advocate reports to the Clinical Coordinator, works closely with Care House staff, volunteers and Master’s level interns, members of the multidisciplinary team, Care House Program Committee and Board of Directors, as well as other stakeholders as needed to sustain the mission of Care House and provide services to child victims and non-offending family members. This position requires a flexible schedule, with some evening hours. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    Care House is a private, non-profit agency whose mission is “to prevent and reduce the incidence and trauma of child sexual and physical abuse in Macomb County through collaborative, multidisciplinary and effective family-centered activities.”

    We welcome applicants who meet the position criteria to apply to join our team. Care House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All candidates are subject to comprehensive background screening. More information on Care House and employment opportunities may be found at

    Please send resume with cover letter to Dorie Vazquez-Nolan, Executive Director at  by Friday, February 28, 2014. 

  • 05 Dec 2013 3:49 PM | Melanie Richards
    Kids-TALK CAC looking for qualified candidates who have an advanced graduate degree in social work, counseling, or psychology with at least three years experience in mental health and at least one year in a supervisory capacity.  Must be licensed or registered with the State of Michigan to practice in area of specialty.  Candidate should have interest in and familiarity with community groups or organizations and have experience in working with traumatized populations.

    Please go to "career opportunities" and "Field Supervisor" position for additional information.
  • 30 Sep 2013 7:10 PM | Tom Knapp (Administrator)
    During the week of September 9, Kori Stephens from the Midwest Regional children's Advocacy center came to Michigan to visit a number of CAC's with our Chapter Coordinator, Tom Knapp.  The visits are designed to help the Michigan Chapter of the National Children's Alliance and the Midwest Regional CAC better assess the needs of individual CAC's in the State.  We hope that the visits will better prepare us to provide technical assistance and training for all CAC's in Michigan.

         Alma             Alpena             Lansing         Manistee        Mt. Pleasant    Traverse City     To Alpena

    During some of the visits we were also completing final segments of our Chapter information video as well as learning more about all the CAC's we visited.  

    A big think you goes out to the CAC's listed below the pictures above for hosting us and helping us to learn more about how to provide support and assistance to all of Michigan's Children's Advocacy Centers.
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