ONEIDA, Tenn. — The Children’s Center of the Cumberlands has been awarded re-accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance, executive director Kellie Asberry announced last week.
The re-accreditation process included an extensive application and site review process.
“As a team of individuals dedicated to responding to child abuse, we recognize the significance of maintaining an accredited status from National Children’s Alliance,” Asberry said. “Re-accreditation not only validates our organization’s dedication to proven, effective approaches of child abuse intervention and prevention but also contributes to consistency across the child advocacy center movement as a whole.”
The alliance offers various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse. Accreditation is the highest level of membership within the alliance.
Accredited child advocacy centers must undergo a re-accreditation process every five years to ensure that best practices are continually being applied.
“The Children’s Center of the Cumberlands is to be commended for its continued commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse,” said Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance. “As the national association and accrediting body for children’s advocacy centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration.”
The Children’s Center opened in 2001 to serve abused and neglected children, along with their non-offending caregivers, in Scott County and surrounding areas. The center has been an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance since 2005.
Services provided by the Children’s Center promote physical and psychological healing for children who are victims of child abuse, violent crimes or who are at risk of abuse, neglect or drug endangerment.