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Children's Advocacy Centers Appear Beneficial But Have Limited Accountability, Report No. 02-44, August 2002
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  • Children’s advocacy centers are local entities that coordinate the efforts of agencies involved in certain child protective investigations in the counties where they operate.  Their goals are to reduce trauma to child victims of abuse and neglect and to coordinate the various activities involved in the investigation process.  Some literature and stakeholders indicate that children’s advocacy centers improve coordination and make the process less traumatic to children.  However, children’s advocacy centers have a limited statewide accountability system and limited information on their efficiency and outcomes.
  • While the state's 20 children’s advocacy centers are primarily funded by local donations and grants, the Legislature has appropriated funds to five children’s advocacy centers since Fiscal Year 1999-2000.  If future state funding is provided to children’s advocacy centers an accountability system is needed. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Children's Medical Services (CMS)
Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 04-55 Progress Report: Children’s Advocacy Centers Authorized to Receive State Funds, But Need Additional Accountability, published in August 2004.
  • Report No. 02-16 Progress Report of Justification Review: Child Protection Program, Department of Children and Families, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 02-10 Information Brief: Guardian ad Litem Placement May Shift for Reasons of Funding and Conflict of Interest, published in February 2002.
  • Report No. 01-14  Justification Review: Child Protection Program, published in March 2001.

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