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!

2018

MACA was awarded a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant through the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) for FY’2019-FY’2020, to support the Statewide CSEC Service Enhancement Project. The project will support a dedicated CSEC Case Manager position at each CAC to coordinate the multidisciplinary team response to at-risk and sexually exploited children.

2017

MACA hosts 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 features 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 our first annual statewide conference, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, drawing nearly 200 professionals from across the state.

2011

2010

MACA achieves accredited status as state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance (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 languages.

2008

2006

MACA welcomes our first Executive Director and opens the first office at 14 Beacon Street.

2004/2005

MACA acquires 501(c)3 status, and 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 is 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. The 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.