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About

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) established four Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers in 1995. The Regional CACs provide training and technical assistance resources for communities to develop Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers. The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is the grantee that has operated the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center since 1995.

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NRCAC provides training and education for CAC Directors, MDTs and communities on topics related to the implementation and compliance with the 10 standards of NCA Accreditation, including, but not limited to:

  • Developing and/or increasing organizational capacity to facilitate a comprehensive, response to child abuse among prosecution, law enforcement, child protection, victim advocacy, and medical and mental health providers;
  • Building Chapter Capacity;
  • Enhancing or Expanding monthly Case Review;
  • Assessing a community readiness for a CAC & developing an MDT;
  • Managing conflict among team members;
  • Strategic Planning and/or Strategic Conversations for nonprofit Boards or Advisory Boards;
  • Vicarious Trauma training and Building Resiliency in Child Abuse Organizations;
  • Role of Victim Advocacy within the CAC Model;
  • Expanding your CAC to include working with sexually exploited youth;
  • Other topics as requested

 

 

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Our Partners

NRCAC works in partnership with the National Children’s Alliance, the three other Regional CACs (Midwest, Southern, and Western) and State Chapters to provide training and information about the implementation of national standards of practice.


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National Children’s Alliance (NCA)
www.nationalchildrensalliance.org
NCA is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs).


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Midwest Regional CAC
www.mrcac.org
MRCAC is committed to providing affordable, accessible, and cost-effective training methods for MDTs utilizing the latest technology and research to deliver timely, relevant, capacity-building programs.


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Southern Regional CAC
www.srcac.org
The Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center (SRCAC) is a project of NCAC funded through the Department of Justice to provide training and technical assistance to communities in the southeastern states and DC working to provide a coordinated, collaborative response to child abuse.


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Western Regional CAC
www.westernregionalcac.org
Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center provides training and technical assistance to professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.


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National Children’s Advocacy Center
nationalcac.org
The National Children's Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that provides training, prevention, and treatment services to fight child abuse and neglect. Including CALiO, Child Abuse Library Online.


OJJDP logoOffice of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
www.ojjdp.gov
Juveniles in crisis—from those who commit serious and violent offenses to victims of abuse and neglect—pose a challenge to the nation. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices.


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Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA)
www.apainc.org
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys is a national prosecutorial think tank. APA's Mission is to Support and Enhance the Effectiveness of Prosecutors in Their Efforts to Help Make Our Communities Safer.


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National Criminal Justice Center,
Fox Valley Technical College
www.ncjtc.org
The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College is a recognized leader in high-quality training and technical assistance for public safety professionals across the nation.


Regional Map of United States
Regional CAC Centers:
NRCAC: Philadelphia, PA
MRCAC: St. Paul, MN
SRCAC: Huntsville, AL
WRCAC: San Diego, CA

 

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much."

- Marian Wright Edelman

Our Team

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Headshot of Paul DiLorenzoPaul DiLorenzo, ACSW, MLSP is the Interim Executive Director of NRCAC and the Philadelphia Children's Alliance. Prior to this role, he was a Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs during a thirteen year tenure. While there he managed a variety of complex system improvement projects involving numerous agencies and stakeholders. Paul has a four decade history of experience in child welfare and youth development settings, having served in administrative roles in state and city government, and in leadership positions for non-profit and philanthropic organizations.  His work has been in the arenas of child protection, family support and primary prevention programming and he has led regional, state and federally funded projects that have attracted national recognition. Paul has published a number of articles and has been a featured speaker at quite a few conferences and professional forums. Paul@philachildrensalliance.org

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Teresa photoTeresa Smith, LSW, PhD is the Project Director for the Northeast Regional CAC. Teresa joined the NRCAC staff in June 2011 after more than twenty-five years of employment with Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, PA. Teresa was a Co-founder and Director of the Children’s Resource Center at Pinnacle Health Systems, an accredited CAC, and has served as President and Executive Board Member of the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs, an accredited Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. Teresa’s Doctoral Dissertation involved research on multidisciplinary child abuse team leaders and case reviews. Teresa@nrcac.org

TRAINING SPECIALISTS

Sue Ascione, MS, is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Sue provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to her joining NRCAC, she was the Executive Director of the CAC in Lawrence County, PA for 15 years and served in several capacities (child/adult therapist, supervisor and assistant director) at the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County for 13 years. As a member of the PA Chapter of CACs and MDTs, Sue helped develop and implement the Continuous Practice Improvement Program (CPIP) in Pennsylvania and mentored several CPIP teams. She also helped develop and implement the TECH Smart program designed to help parents keep their children safe in the digital world. Sue has trained on many topics, including the Role of MDT coordinator, Steps to Building a CAC, minimal facts interviewing and the effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse on children. Sue@nrcac.org

Michele Mullen, LCSW, is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Maine, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Michele joined NRCAC in September 2014 after 17 years with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office/children’s advocacy center in Massachusetts. Michele began as a Victim Advocate before moving to the CAC Director role and was dedicated to the development of a fully accredited child advocacy center in 2010. Prior to working at the DA’s Office, she worked with domestic violence survivors. Since joining NRCAC, Michele has coordinated a regional conference “CSEC and CACs”, to assist CACs in the region to expand programming and resources to serve commercially sexually exploited children. Michele also conducts regional training on Victim Advocacy, Vicarious Trauma, and Multidisciplinary team development. Michele@nrcac.org

Tony DeVincenzo, M.A. is a Training Specialist with Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. He has previously served as the Director of Programs/MDT Coordinator for Deirdre’s House, the Child Advocacy Center for Morris County, NJ. Prior to his employment at the CAC, Tony served 25 years in law enforcement, a majority of which involved investigating crimes against children. During that time, he also served as forensic interviewer and was an active member of the Morris County MDT. Tony retired as a Lieutenant from the Prosecutor’s Office after supervising the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, Megan’s Law Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to his law enforcement and CAC roles, Tony has been an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Department at County College of Morris and Rutgers University, and the Child Advocacy Program at Montclair University. He has trained on a variety of topics including child abuse investigations, forensic interviewing of children, and the CAC/MDT model. Tony has been an active member of the New Jersey State Chapter and recently served as Board President. Tony@nrcac.org

TRAINING AND RESOURCE COORDINATOR

Katelyn Waltimyer is the Training & Resource Coordinator for the Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center. In this position, Katelyn fills a wide range of roles, including event coordinator, resource and records manager, webmaster, Salesforce administrator, and financial liaison. She also represents NRCAC as a member of the Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center's Equity Council, a diverse team of leaders and professionals focused on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CAC world. Prior to working with NRCAC, Katelyn obtained a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a minor in Theatre from Penn State University, and served as a daycare and K-5 music teacher. Katelyn@nrcac.org

 

 

 

“Enhancing outcomes in CACs and State Chapters through the implementation of collaborative projects and initiatives.”

– Training staff of four regional CAC’s