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Alaska CARES earns reaccreditation from National Children’s Alliance

Alliance recognizes Anchorage clinic for high-quality services helping child abuse victims
ANCHORAGE, AK – Alaska CARES has been awarded reaccreditation by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, NCA awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with NCA and denotes excellence in service provision.
“Providence is privileged to have such dedicated and compassionate employees advocating for victims of child abuse in Alaska,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “At Providence, our Mission is to serve the poor and vulnerable in our communities. Nowhere is this more apparent than through the services provided at Alaska CARES.”
Alaska CARES stands for Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services. It is an outpatient clinic that provides sexual and physical abuse evaluations for children, newborn to age 18 years, and 24-hour on-call services for cases that are considered emergent. These cases usually come to the attention of law enforcement or the emergency departments of local hospitals.
“We consider it an honor to be able to help Alaskan families through this center,” said Cory Bryant, MSW, manager of Alaska CARES. “This center is crucial to making sure that children and their families get the care they need and are not further traumatized in the process.”
Alaska CARES is co-located with the Alaska Office of Children’s Services, Anchorage Police Department and Alaska State Troopers. Children are able to come to a single location to be interviewed and have a physical exam. Interviewers are trained in forensic interviewing of children and are skilled at talking with children about sensitive topics. This multidisciplinary approach to child abuse evaluations ensures that decisions are made as a team and include the child’s family.
“Alaska CARES is to be commended for its excellent work serving victims of child abuse,” said Teresa Huizar, executive director of the National Children’s Alliance. “Our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high-quality services that result from professional collaboration.”
NCA awards accredited membership based on a center’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. Accredited members of NCA must utilize a functioning and effective multidisciplinary team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment. NCA also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child-focused setting.
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities.