July 31,2019- MACA is thrilled to be level funded for FY20 to continue to support the critical work of the 12 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the Commonwealth. Thank you to Governor Charlie Backer, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and all our legislative champions at the statehouse!
MACA works with our members, partner organizations, and individuals for better resources and legislation in our state. We advocate for proper funding and bills for services for the most vulnerable population in our Commonwealth: child victims of sexual and physical abuse. We need your help, and it’s really easy to pitch in! Here are some examples of how you can support our initiative.
- State Funding and Legislation: Services for child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse in Massachusetts are supported through line item 4510-0810, which provides funding to MACA and CACs.
- Federal Funding and Legislation: The federal Victims of Child Abuse Act provides critical funding to MACA and CACs throughout the state, as well as nationwide. CAC advocacy and mental health services are also supported by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds. MACA works to make sure our Senators and Members of Congress preserve funding for these essential services.
For Fiscal Year 2020 MACA, along with the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), is advocating for $32.5 million dollars in the VCAA in order to benefit child victims of abuse.
Each year we meet with our legislators at the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference. National Children’s Alliance holds its annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. allowing its membership to meet with their Federal and State officials on “Hill Day’. We use this opportunity to educate our elected officials about the effectiveness of Children’s Advocacy Centers and answer any questions they may have.