Pikeville, KY (October 30, 2014) – Judi’s Place for Kids has been awarded re-accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) 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.
Accredited CACs must undergo a re-accreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied. With accreditation standards being updated in 2010, re-accreditation this year reflects Judi’s Place for Kids’ commitment to providing evidence-based methods practice.
Founded in 1999, Judi’s Place for Kids is a non-profit organization named for Pikeville native Mrs. Judi Patton, First Lady of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003, who worked to establish similar programs across the state. The program serves abused children and provides prevention trainings in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, Judi’s Place for Kids is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.
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. Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary 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 maintaining Accredited status from National Children’s Alliance. Re-accreditation could only be achieved through team work with our community partners, including law enforcement, child protective services, mental health and medical providers, prosecutors, and advocates,” said Laura Kretzer, Executive Director of Judi’s Place for Kids.
“Judi’s Place for Kids is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration. By requiring Accredited Centers to undergo re-Accreditation every five years, we ensure that evidence-based practices are being implemented and the highest quality of service is being provided,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.