The Connecticut Children’s Alliance is a coalition of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams that work together to improve the system in which child abuse cases are handled. We are dedicated to the enhancement of timely and comprehensive multidisciplinary response to child abuse victims and their families.The Connecticut Children’s Alliance has a unique role within the state and provides a voice for child victims at a statewide level via representation of all the state’s teams. The Connecticut Children’s Alliance is funded separately through a variety of federal and state grants. As an independent corporation, it can speak without bias for all who work in this field, for children and their families.
What we do
The Connecticut Children’s Alliance works to ensure that the child victims and their families are provided with the specialized and personal care and services of a Child Advocacy Center/Multidisciplinary Team. We also strive to ensure children are not further victimized by the systems designed to protect them while also building a successful prosecution case. The Connecticut Children’s Alliance provides a voice for child abuse victims at a statewide level by improving the process on how cases are dealt with while keeping the welfare of the child victim in mind.
The CCA’s mission is to avail comprehensive statewide services to all child victims and their families through collaboration, systemic change, public awareness and legislative advocacy.
To achieve its mission, the Connecticut Children’s Alliance:
- Offers peer support and mentoring
- Conducts advocacy and cross-agency training
- Provides outreach and education
- Develops funding and other resources to support programs
- Proposes methods to standardize the collection of statistical information
- Ensures that prompt and appropriate actions are taken to assure the safety of the child victim
- Reduces the trauma of victimization for the child
- Minimizes the number of required interviews for the child victim
- Facilitates recommended medical and mental health services
- Coordinates efforts in order to eliminate duplication of services
- Increases the likelihood of successful prosecution of offenders
- Provides support for non-offending parents/caregivers in order to enhance their ability to protect and care for their children
- Promotes policies, practices, and procedures which are culturally sensitive