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Wetzel-Tyler child center earns accreditation

By Staff | Sep 10, 2014

Quota Club of New Martinsville donated to the Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center. WTCAC Executive Director Melody Glasscock, left, accepts the check from Board Member Judy Yeager, center, and President Ellen Kanz, right.

The Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc. has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.

As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

The Wetzel-Tyler CAC was formed in 2008 and continues to function as a collaborative effort between law enforcement entities, local prosecutors, mental health providers, medical providers, victim advocates, and the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The organization serves communities in both Wetzel and Tyler counties. In 2013 the Wetzel Tyler CAC served 47 children who were victims of either severe physical or sexual abuse. The CAC has expanded its services in 2014 to include child victims of domestic violence, drug endangered children, and neglect.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient, and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. National Children’s Alliance updated these standards in 2010 to reflect the most recent evidence-based practices in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention.

According to these standards, Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidiscipli-nary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“As a team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the importance of accreditation from National Children’s Alliance and supporting the Multidisciplinary Team approach. Accreditation not only validates our organization’s proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse, but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole,” said Melody Glasscock, executive director of the Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc.

“The Wetzel Tyler CAC is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the county, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.

For more information about the Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc. visit www.wetzeltylercac. org or contact Melody Glasscock at 304-334-2120.