Support for Military Families

NCA is committed to supporting the establishment of partnerships and collaboration between Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) and military installations.  We have worked closely with Congress to identify and allocate funding specifically aimed at enhancing these critical relationships.  CACs now have access to a dedicated NCA staffer, the Coordinator for Services to Military Families, to support and advise members on military-related matters. Accredited members will also have access to funding to help promote and support military communities with a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to child victims of abuse, similar to their civilian counterparts.


How do CACs and the military work together?

Our New Report

While some 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the United States coordinate the critical multidisciplinary services that child abuse victims need to heal, many children from military families experience barriers to receiving those services. Yet early successes in partnerships between CACs and military installation leadership can serve as a model to improve coordination and serve military families better. We have a roadmap to ensure every military family has access to the services they deserve. Read our new Status of CAC-Military Partnerships 2019, NCA's report to Congress on the needs NCA, CACs, Congress, and the military are working to meet together, plus highlights from critical pilot programs nationwide and the status of CAC partnerships with the military in all 50 states.

Where are CACs serving military families?

With the exception of a few locations, most military installations with Family Advocacy Program services have a local CAC within 50 miles of their base. See our interactive map below. For more detail, read our Status of CAC-Military Partnerships 2019 report with detailed state-by-state reports on locations and CAC-military relationships in every state.

How can you help?

Our Partnerships

Currently, CAC military partnerships range from robust, long-standing relationships to those who have no affiliation with their military neighbors. Over time we expect these relationships to evolve and expand as the community of interest grows and becomes more aware of opportunities for partnership between CACs and the military. For CACs, military family program staff, and policymakers, you can help strengthen these critical partnerships by getting in touch with us now. To learn more about the military programs involved in child abuse response, see our fact sheets about the U.S. Air Force, the Army, the Marine Corps, and the Navy.

Our Vision

Future goals include developing model protocols with supporting training content for enhanced coordination of services between CACs and military installations. Additionally, NCA intends to formalize key DoD relationships with national level memorandums of understanding to help reduce the administrative burden on CACs.