DCAC, like other child advocacy centers, is built on a network of collaborations and partnerships. Our guiding philosophy is that the child is the most important person in the system and if the system does not work for the child, the system has failed.
Our partners have unique treatment specialties and approaches that ensure every child we serve has the best option for full recovery.
The Multidisciplinary Team
DCAC coordinates the multidisciplinary team (MDT) of first responders to reports of child abuse in the Denver metro area:
- Denver Police Department
- Denver District Attorney’s Office
- Denver Department of Human Services
- Denver Health
Mental Health Corporation of Denver
When child trauma victims need psychiatric care, onsite consultation is available through our growing partnership with Mental Health Corporation of Denver. MHCD’s doctors collaborate closely with our therapists to provide an immediate intervention followed by ongoing care to best meet the needs of the child and family.
National Children’s Alliance
DCAC is one of 777 children’s advocacy centers (CACs) nationwide accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). Accredited membership in NCA requires that programs meet specific standards. These standards ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims and their families. Formed in 1988, NCA provides support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for CACs, while serving as a voice for abused children.
Colorado Children’s Alliance
The Colorado Children’s Alliance is an accredited state chapter of NCA. It provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a statewide level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities throughout Colorado responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.
Denver Public Schools
DCAC has collaborated with Denver Public Schools since 2005 to offer Denver Safe from the Start, a prevention program focused on high-risk families where children are at significantly more risk than others for abuse, neglect and violence. The curriculum for children ages 3-10 is approved by Denver Public Schools for use throughout the district. Some of the schools served since 2005 include: Cheltenham, CMS Community, Columbian, Cowell, Ellis, Escuela Tlatelolco, Ford, Godsman, Monroe, Dora Moore, Schmitt, Smith Renaissance, Trevista at Horace Mann, Whittier, and Wyatt Edison elementary schools.
Rocky Mountain SER
Rocky Mountain SER, a Head Start provider has been a prevention partner since 2005. DCAC delivers the Denver Safe from the Start curriculum to the Denver metro area sites.
Early Childhood Development Partners
DCAC’s mental health specialists work with community partners to provide home visits, onsite assessments, training for the professionals, and referrals for mental health treatment. By intervening at the earliest possible time, we can improve outcomes for the infants, while also providing therapy for the mothers’ untreated trauma. Our partners:
- Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program at St. Anthony North, which serves 400 first-time mothers and their infants.
- Clayton Early Learning Center, including the “HIPPY” (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters) program, which serves children, ages 2-5 and their parents.
- Adams County Head Start – DCAC works with all seven sites, plus the HIPPY program. The 545 children served are 3-5 years old, and come from families living at or below the poverty level.
- Florence Crittenton Services supports low-income high-risk teens who are pregnant or the mothers of infants and toddlers.
Rose Andom Center
At the Rose Andom Center, community organizations and government agencies work together under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence. DCAC has been part of the multi-year planning process.
Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center
The Caregiver Advocacy Program is a collaboration between DCAC and Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center onsite legal staff coordinate with our therapists and victim advocates to help “kinship” families, those where a family member takes in children who have been removed from their home. Having clear legal rights improves family stability and the child’s capacity to heal from trauma.
The Kempe Center
The Kempe Center partners with policy makers, human service agencies, child advocacy groups and nonprofits locally and around the nation and globe to prevent child abuse and neglect and to treat victims of abuse and neglect. DCAC is part of a cohort of professionals being trained in evidence-based national models of mental health care by the Kempe Center with funding from the Colorado Department of Human Services. DCAC is also represented on the Kempe Children's Center Community Advisory Board.
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a community of practice – a network of professionals throughout the U.S. who translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems. Dr. Gizane Indart and Dr. Jerry Yager are Child Trauma Fellows of the ChildTrauma Academy led by Dr. Bruce Perry who pioneered the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).
Community Teams & Task Forces
DCAC staff serve on or participate in:
- Child Protection Team at the Denver Department of Human Services
- Colorado Children’s Alliance
- Colorado Court Improvement Program
- Colorado Systems Of Care - Steering Committee/Trauma Subcommittee; Denver Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Team Case Review
- Denver Child Fatality Review Committee
- Denver County Maltreatment Services
- Denver County Integrated Model for Child Abuse and Neglect
- Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
- Denver Domestic Violence Triage
- Denver Department of Human Services Community Engagement Meeting
- Denver Early Childhood Council
- Gathering Place - Homelessness and its Effects on Children
- Immigrant Service Provider Group
- National Traumatic Stress Network - Peer Grant Review
- Sexual Abuse Interagency Council
- Victim Services Network