DCAC, like other child advocacy centers, is built on a network of collaborations and partnerships. A child-centered approach is the foundation of all of the services we provide. Our partners have unique specialties and approaches that ensure every child we serve is at the center of our work.
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
- Denver Public Schools
Mental Health Center of Denver
When necessary, Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) provides psychiatric care for clients of DCAC. We also partner with MHCD to provide early childhood mental health consultation for child care centers and other providers that work with children ages 0-5.
National Children’s Alliance
DCAC is one of the 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. A trauma-informed care cohort between DCAC and DPS will begin in Septemeber of 2019.
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:
- 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 actively participants in a weekly Triage meeting to ensure a seamless delivery of services.
The Kempe Center
The Kempe Center supports experts in the field of child abuse and negelct, advocates for policies that protect children from abuse and neglect, and partners with human service agencies and other nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect. Our collaboration with The Kempe Center began in 2004 with Kempe Center staff referring children to DCAC's assessment and treatment program. Over the years, Dr. Indart and Dr. Wells, Executive Director of the Kempe Center, have conducted many community trainings on the medical and psychological impact of child abuse and neglect.
The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children. Dr. Gizane Indart is a Child Trauma Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy led by Dr. Bruce Perry who pioneered the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).
Community Collaborations & Task Forces
DCAC staff serve on or participate in:
- Mayor Hancock’s Child Safety Net Impact Team
- Policies for Protecting Children
- Colorado’s Young Child Wellness Council of Project LAUNCH
- Denver District Attorney’s Advisory Council on Immigration
- Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation work group
- Colorado Children's Alliance
- Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance
- Denver County Integrated Model for Child Abuse and Neglect
- Denver Domestic Violence Triage
- Drug Endangered Children
- Front Range Anti-Trafficking Council
- Office on Violence Against Women Alliance Partnership
- Sexual Abuse Interagency Council
- Victim Services Network