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Indiana Department of Child Services

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Child Advocacy Center (CAC) (2012-2014)

Advocacy Centers are neutral, safe and child appropriate locations where multidisciplinary teams investigate disclosures of child sexual or severe physical
abuse.  These multidisciplinary teams are made up of law enforcement officers, child protective service personnel, medical and mental health, victim assistance, prosecutors, and advocates.  Children who have disclosed abuse are interviewed by a forensic interviewer at such centers.  The multidisciplinary approach to child abuse assessments is designed with the intention of reducing the secondary trauma associated with the disclosure and subsequent investigation of abuse.

The Child Advocacy Center must be a Non Profit entity with 501.c3 status or a government entity like a Prosecutor’s Office.  The Child Advocacy Center with the Non Profit status may be a stand alone Child Advocacy Center, a Child Advocacy Center under an umbrella agency or a Child Advocacy Center under a Prosecutor’s Office.

The target population served by the CAC is restricted to the following:

1. Families and children for whom a child protection service assessment has been initiated.
2. Families and children who have substantiated cases of abuse and/or neglect and will likely develop into an open case with Informal Adjustment (IA) or Children in Need of Services (CHINS).
3. Children and their families which have an IA or the children have the status of CHINS or JD (Juvenile Delinquency).JS (Juvenile Status).
4. Children with the status of CHINS or JD/JS and their Foster/Kinship families with whom they are placed.

If your agency providers counseling services, you cannot provide these services under the Child Advocacy Center Service Standard, you must submit a proposal for counseling services under Community Based Services for the Counseling Service Standard. 

Current Open Request:

Region 5, 6 and 11  Due date is 11/1/2013
Regional Allocations

Previous Requests:

Region 17 CAC RFP 8/15/2012

If your agency meets the above requirements, click on the following link and proceed to the Proposal:  http://financials.dcs.in.gov/Public/RFP/RequestAvailable.aspx

Child Advocacy Center (CAC) document has been updated

RFP 
Attachment A:  Child Advocacy Center Service Standard updated 4/12/2012
Attachment B: KidTraks User Guide
Attachment C: Provider Narrative
Attachment D: Service Narrative
Attachment E: Payment Points Definition
Attachment E: Budget Summary updated 10/23/2013
Attachment E: Budget Justification Worksheet and Monthly Invoicing Justification updated 10/23/2013
Attachment F: Assurances
Attachment G: Sample Contract
Attachment H: Scoring Tool
Attachment I: Federal Disallowances
Attachment J: Quarterly Report updated 1/18/2013
Attachment J1: CAC Interview Report
Attachment L: Exhibit 1
Attachment L: Instruction Paper on Background Checks
Attachment L: Covered Personnel Worksheet