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In memory of Vanieta L Batman


Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (INCAC)

The mission of the Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers is to educate our communities about effects of child abuse and neglect, provide a safe environment for children that are victims of abuse, and provide training to professionals that help support our mission.

In our efforts to support the important work of Children’s Advocacy Centers, we provide numerous training programs and resources. We also offer technical assistance for operating centers with site visits, protocol consultations, and operating manuals. This support is enormously beneficial to Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state, by equipping these groups to better serve their local communities and clients.  These programs help train law enforcement professionals, social service providers, and medical workers that strive to provide the utmost support for the children that enter our doors.  

The Idaho Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers brings services together necessary to children who have experienced abuse in an effort to minimize trauma. Our job is to provide support to Idaho’s Child Advocacy Centers through various means, including education regarding forensic interview techniques, training on child abuse response, community education aimed at preventing future child abuse. Through these services, we strive to empower local Child Advocacy Centers to do their best work in supporting safety and healing child abuse victims and their families.
Support of the INCAC directly benefits Idaho’s children and serves to enhance the services available to victims of child abuse and neglect. No child should have to suffer the psychological and physical pain that abuse brings. Please help us take a stand to make a difference for Idaho’s children by supporting Child Advocacy Centers statewide.

Child Advocacy Centers (CAC)

A Child Advocacy Center is a place where a child can tell their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to ask in a way that does not not re-traumatize the child.  Then, a team that may include medical professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child based on the interview.  CACs may offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation, victim advocacy, case management, and other services. 
Idaho Statute 16-1602(11) defines a Child Advocacy Center, or CAC, as "an organization that adheres to national best practice standards established by the national membership and accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers and that promotes a comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse by maintaining a child-friendly facility at which appropriate services are provided. These services may include forensic interviews, forensic medical examinations, mental health services and other related victim services."

Forensic Interview

A forensic interview is a developmentally sensitive and legally sound method of gathering factual information regarding allegations of abuse or exposure to violence. Properly conducted interviews ensure the interviewers objectivity and employ neutral questions and techniques.  The forensic interviewers work hard to create a safe, child-friendly space for the children' where they can share their experiences in a non-judgmental environment.  Each child experiences and processes trauma differently, so interviewers must be prepared with a strategy that can be adapted to suit developmental needs.  Information revealed in the forensic interview process is utilized by child advocates, medical practitioners, mental health clinicians, law enforcement, prosecutors, and child protection services. 

Additional Information

Idaho currently has 4 accredited CACs, one associate CAC, and 6 developing CACs.  These CACs are located in Boise, Nampa, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, Malad, Montpelier, Lapwai, and Salmon. In 2018, there were 2,839 children that received services at an Idaho child advocacy center.  The quilts would be provided to each child that comes to a child advocacy center for a forensic interview.  

Agencies

The following is a list of the agencies currently working with the Idaho Network of Children's Advocacy Centers. If you, or a group you belong to decide to donate a quilt to this project then it will be sent to the agency nearest your location. This way the quilts will be presented to children from your community. I feel it is very important to reach out to all of the children in need throughout the entire State of Idaho. There is a need everywhere, not just in some of the more populated areas. If you have questions please feel free to contact the VLB Project. I will always do my best to answer them as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your support,
Charlie

Locations

       -St. Luke's CARES Boise, located in Boise
       -St. Luke's CARES Magic Valley, location in Twin Falls
       -Nampa Family Justice Center, located in Nampa
       -Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center, located in Pocatello
       -Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center, located in Rexburg
       -Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, located in Idaho Falls
       -Safe Passage Child Advocacy Center, located in Coeur d'Alene
       -LillyBrooke Family Justice Center, located in Sandpoint
       -Bear Lake Bright Tomorrows  Child Advocacy Center, located in Montpelier