Helping You Help Kids

Minnesota Children’s Alliance is a membership organization that works with local communities to effectively and efficiently respond to allegations of child abuse.

Our Services

Through training, technical assistance, research, and public policy change, we strengthen the multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) and children’s advocacy centers (CACs) that help children, adolescents and families heal and thrive after abuse.

Learn more about growing services and support for teams, children, and families.

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Bringing Mental Health Support Home

In 2020, the Alliance launched a Mental Health Network with the goal of providing trauma-informed mental health services to kids and families remotely. Nine mental health providers across the state completed the initiative and will begin seeing kids in 2021.

Training Professionals in the Field

In 2020, the Alliance provided training to 511 participants overall, from a variety of professional disciplines. Training opportunities hosted by the Alliance reached professionals in 41 counties and two tribes.

Working Together, Apart

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance launched online support opportunities for professionals throughout the state:

  • A forum for CAC directors to navigate the new normal, from staffing policies to safety plans to emergency funding.
  • Roundtables for Forensic Interviewers and Advocates to connect with colleagues about challenges faced in providing services to kids and families throughout the pandemic.
  • Virtual technical assistance for NCATrak – a case management system for CACs – so member centers have access to customized support and high-quality data to support their growth.

Reaching More Kids and Families

  • A new children’s advocacy program was launched through the Southwest Crisis Center in Nobles County, bringing CAC services to kids and families in Southwestern Minnesota.
  • First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth and Family Advocacy Center of Northern Minnesota in Bemidji both achieved re-accreditation through the National Children’s Alliance.

COVID Relief Funding for CACs

To support emergent needs during the pandemic, the Alliance disbursed $110,000 in COVID relief funding to CACs so they could make space and practice modifications to keep kids, families, and staff safe.

Financials

Annual Income and Expenses (2019 Calendar Year)

Total revenue: $517,850
Total expenses: $493,341

  • Program: $426,242 (86%)
  • Management and general: $59,361 (12%)
  • Fundraising: $7,738 (2%)