The MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides direct care to child victims of sexual abuse and assault throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Pediatric SANEs provide coordinated, expert forensic and medical care in accordance with “Do No Harm” principles to child victims 11 years of age and younger. Below is a list of Pediatric SANEs within the Child Advocacy Centers and the one emergency response model.
State, Regional, and National Partners
In 1997, Massachusetts Children’s Alliance (MACA) received State Chapter status with the National Children’s Alliance, the national organization of CACs and multidisciplinary child abuse investigation teams. It is a testament to our commitment to children in the Commonwealth that Massachusetts was the first chapter established in the Northeast Region, and among the first nationwide. For a listing of Children’s Advocacy Centers in Massachusetts, visit www.machildrensalliance.org/programs
The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC), based in Huntsville, Alabama, is a nonprofit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to physically and sexually abused children and their families within a child-focused team approach. Through its influence in training, communities across the country began to model their child abuse programs after the NCAC. In addition to training programs throughout the year, the NCAC hosts the National Symposium on Child Abuse in March of each year.
National Children’s Alliance (NCA) (formerly the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers) provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.
Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC) is a training and technical assistance project that provides information, consultation, technical assistance and training, helping to establish child-focused programs that facilitate and support coordination among agencies responding to child abuse. NRCACs also provide regional services to help strengthen Children’s Advocacy Centers already in existence.