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Children’s Advocacy Center Serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties

Children’s Advocacy Center Serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties

Application Summary:

Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties is a nationally accredited provider of services for children (ages 3-18) and adults with developmental disabilities, and their non-offending caregivers, following allegations of sexual abuse. Services include an evaluation process coordinated with members of a multi-disciplinary team, comprising members of law enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services, and District Attorneys’ offices, designed to minimize trauma, and gather all the information in a single interview that each group will need. CAC also provides extensive ongoing support services (partially detailed below).

This program aligns with the Health focus area, providing a direct service in behavioral and/or physical health areas; increasing access/reducing barriers to direct services; increasing capacity/resources for direct services; advocating for behavioral and/or physical health; collaborating with other programs/services in behavioral and/or physical health.

This program has well defined goals and is adding capabilities that have the potential to increase the scope of the program into Somerset county.

This program is already highly efficient, and highly effective.

This program is sustainable.

This program is cost-efficient, due to matching funds provided by other agencies.

This program is unique – no other agencies in UWMM service area provide this service.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

On-Site visit included meeting the CAC’s forensic interviewer and Family Services Coordinator; a chance to see the facilities where interviews are conducted and to see a ‘Hands of Courage’ wall where children who have been CAC clients leave a handprint on the wall.

The site visit covered the following:

Greater detail on accreditation process – this is conducted by the National Children’s Alliance, who completes an onsite evaluation focused on 10 standards.

Review of monthly feedback meetings with multi-disciplinary teams – the meetings are designed to fast-track services for clients, or improve processes of MDT, and can include dozens of stakeholders from law enforcement, DHHS, District Attorney’s offices, etc.

Greater detail on wrap around services for each client provided by three advocates, who each provide a focused set of services – The Family Services Coordinator who coordinates response from multiple agencies within 72 hours of a client contacting CAC, and who provides 7 and 30 day follow ups which might result in additional services being coordinated for clients; a Victim’s Welfare Advocate who works with the DA’s office and the courts on the client’s behalf; Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) who provides significant additional resources after the initial interview.

Reviewed additional services provided by the newly created SART position in Somerset County – this position covers all of Somerset county and includes wrap around services that might include: facilitating the process of filing for protection orders, providing one-on-one follow up with clients, coordinating or providing referrals for additional services, assisting with life changes that might follow incidents, e.g. relocation or filing for divorce, providing updates on weekends when needed, and more.

Program Strengths:

Well run program with built in review and audit processes., Serves a vulnerable population with a focused set of services., Efficient and conscientious response to client needs, based on the latest best-practices., Significant matching funds make the UWMM investment go very far., Promotes coordination and collaboration among agencies in two counties., Recently completed 5-year accreditation with National Children’s Alliance, who completes an onsite evaluation of adherence to 10 standards., Created a referral program that is used nationally, and measures referral rates to CAC by law enforcement., Is adding a significant level of service in Somerset county (see Site Visit notes for greater detail)., Provides unique services in UWMM service area – no other agency provides these services., Provides services in the entirety of the UWMM service area., Is well-aligned with a significant focus area for UWMM., Very impressive team with very impressive qualifications., This is an exceptional program.

Program Weaknesses:

None noted.

Focus Area:

Robert Dahlgren agrees that this program aligns with Health, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $12,000.

Robert Dahlgren’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $12,000

Recommendations and Comments


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Rachel Grant

Definitely Fund

Leon Duff/Ann Lindeman

Definitely Fund

Jackie Dalton

Definitely Fund

Rick Dorian

Definitely Fund

Michelle Cesare

Definitely Fund

Cheryl Flewelling

Definitely Fund

Covers our whole service area with this sustainable efficient program. Matching funds so HE’s funds are amplified.

James Wood

Definitely Fund

Susan Roy

Definitely Fund

George Coleman

Definitely Fund

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