The Children's Advocacy Center of the South Plains is accredited by the National Children's Alliance. In order for a Children's Advocacy Center to be accredited, the following Standards must be met:
1. A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from law enforcement, CPS, prosecution, medical, mental health, victim advocacy and the CAC.
2. Culturally competent services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and coordinated with the multidisciplinary team response.
3. Forensic Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a neutral, fact-finding nature, and are coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing.
4. Victim support and advocacy services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and their non-offending family members as part of the multidisciplinary team response.
5. Specialized medical evaluation and treatment services are routinely made available to all CAC clients and coordinated with the multidisciplinary team response.
6. Specialized trauma-focused mental health services, designed to meet the unique needs of the child and non-offending family members, are routinely made available as part of the multidisciplinary team response.
7. A formal process in which multidisciplinary discussion and information sharing regarding the investigation, case status, and services needed by the child and family is to occur on a routine basis.
8. Children's Advocacy Centers must develop and implement a system for monitoring case progress and tracking case outcomes for all MDT components.
9. A designated legal entity responsible for program and fiscal operations has been established and implements basic sound administration policies and procedures.
10. The child-focused setting is comfortable, private, and both physically and psychologically safe for diverse populations of children and their non-offending family members.