The Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC) has earned accreditation by the National Children's Alliance following an extensive application and site review process.
The announcement came from Mattie Mendez, executive director of the county Community Action Group, that has been operating the Child Forensic Interview Team in Madera County since 2006. The team serves an average of 105 child abuse victims annually in Madera County, with about 10% of the cases located in the Mountain Area.
"As an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance, CAPMC is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse," Mendez said.
As the accrediting agency for Children's Advocacy Centers across the country, the National Children's Alliance awards various levels of accreditation. It is the highest level of membershipand denotes excellence in services provided.
"Accreditation not only validates our county's proven effective approach to responding to allegations of child abuse," Mendez said, "but also provides consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole."
The Madera County Child Forensic Interview team is comprised of individuals from several disciplines, including law enforcement, Children's Hospital of Central California and Behavioral Health.