History

The Massachusetts Children’s Alliance (MACA) is a membership organization of the 12 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and an accredited state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA). From small, collaborative, and innovative conversations, to an annual statewide conference with recognized and allied organizations, the Commonwealth has seen tremendous progress in the statewide response to child abuse. Click ‘start’ to explore our timeline below!

2017

MACA hosted our 2nd Annual CAC Awareness Day at the State House, and our 7th Annual Statewide Conference, which featured keynote speakers Olympic Gold Medalist, Kayla Harrison, and Assistant US State’s Attorney, Kevin Mulcahy.

2016

MACA’s 6th Annual Statewide Conference featured keynote speaker, Dr. Vincent Felitti, principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. MACA also held our first annual State House CAC Awareness Day.

2015

MACA releases Stars in the Field video; Tom King is awarded the Outstanding Chapter Leader Award by NCA.

2015

2014

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Smart speaks to over 300 MDT and CAC professionals at MACA’s 4th annual statewide conference.

2014

2013

Keynote speaker Aaron Fisher receives MACA’s first ‘One with Courage’ Award at 3rd annual statewide conference.

2013

2012

One with Courage Campaign launches.

2012

2011

MACA convenes first annual statewide conference, drawing nearly 200 professionals from across the state.

2011

2010

MACA achieves accredited status as state chapter of the NCA.

2010

2009

Legislative advocacy campaign restores 1 million dollars to state budget.

2008

MACA hires Program Coordinator and publishes statewide brochure on statewide CAC service delivery in 8 different languages

2008

2006

MACA welcomes our first Executive Director and opens office at 14 Beacon St

2004/2005

MACA acquires 501(c)3 status. MACA embarks on six month strategic planning session with pro-bono services from Bain and Co.

2003

MACA marks our official inauguration and commemorates the 20th anniversary of landmark child abuse reporting legislation.

2003

1999

CACs, SAIN teams and other representatives from allied organizations create a vision and action plan for an effective statewide coalition.

1997

MACA officially recognized as the first state chapter of NCA in the Northeast, and one of the first chapters nationwide.

1997

1996

The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) recognizes a need for a state chapter in Massachusetts. Founding Board begins organizational development

1995

Massachusetts Legislature funds Sexual Abuse Intervention Network (SAIN), establishing a multidisciplinary team (MDT) response to child abuse statewide and formalizing Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Multidisciplinary SAIN teams and CACs begin meeting to collaboratively respond to child abuse statewide