Best practices for collaborating with your local Child Advocacy Center

Just Rural logoEver since I was a Children’s Advocate at a local sexual assault program (SAP), I’ve been hearing about the drama that exists between us and them. I didn’t understand it very well at first, because we had a great thing going with our local Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
Low and behold, that is apparently not the norm. There’s this history of both sides feeling like someone was treading on the wrong turf. That’s craziness! Everybody wants to see children surviving abuse get great care and a smoother process. It’s a no-brainer. Kids is usually what everyone agrees on, cares about and funds heavily!
If we’re going to improve outcomes for children, we all need to work together. We gots to find ways to expand the work with the resources available, instead of playing turf wars or re-inventing the wheel. There are plenty of communities out there who, to quote one coalition staffer, “Have a real love fest” going on between local CAC’s and SAP’s.
That’s why I’m so darn excited about the new podcast series that’s come out of the Rural Training and Technical Assistance Project. Each person that was interviewed described a unique but important aspect to not only making these important relationships work, but making them sing!
Whether you’re trying to figure out staffing issues, figure out fundraising, understand different member priorities, or have been trying to get it done for a long time, there’s a little something for you.
April is a very exciting time for folks who care about ending sexual violence. It is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s about time our powers combine for a real slam-bang finish to sexual violence.

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