Getting To Know The Accreditation Standards: Child-Focused Setting

Session Overview

Get to know NCA’s Child-Focused Setting standard for Accreditation. The overall intent and importance of the standard will be reviewed, followed by an explanation of each Essential Component related to the standard. After reviewing each Essential Component, practical approaches to meet the standard will be discussed. There will also be time for question and answer.


Alyson McKenzie
Accreditation Coordinator

Alyson MacKenzie is the Accreditation Coordinator at National Children’s Alliance, and manages the accreditation process for Child Advocacy Centers throughout the country. Previously Alyson was the Senior Program Associate of Accreditation at NCA as well as Program Associate at NCA, managing grants and membership for the Southern Region of the United States. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Certificate in Human Service Management from Boston University. Ms. MacKenzie has years of experience providing training and technical assistance to Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country.

Alyssa Todd
Accreditation Program Associate

Alyssa Todd worked as an Investigative Social Worker for Vermont CPS for almost five years, then moved to Philadelphia for grad school, where she continued to work with youth in foster care. She moved back to Vermont and became the Director and Forensic Interviewer of a small Associate Member center in Brattleboro, VT in 2012. In 2016 the Center became fully Accredited with NCA under Ms. Todd’s leadership. During her time working at a CAC, her interests were mostly focused on Forensic Interviewing and Vicarious Trauma.