Massachusetts Children's Alliance, Inc.

Working together to end child abuse

Boston, MA   |  www.machildrensalliance.org

Mission

Massachusetts Children’s Alliance pioneers the most promising, leading-edge ways that help victims of child abuse. We do this by promoting interventions that work, delivering effective educational programming, galvanizing informed and committed legislative support and mobilizing communities to have tough but necessary conversations about child abuse

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Mr. Thomas King

Main address

11 Beacon Street Suite 321

Boston, MA 02108 USA

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EIN

34-2006038

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Legislative advocacy

MACA is charged by its membership to represent their work at the State House and on Capitol Hill. In the last few years, we have successfully articulated the victim focused, empirically supported and cost effective response of Children's Advocacy Centers. Through challenging fiscal times, our message has secured critical government funding for core CAC services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MACA administers state and federal funds to the state's 12 CACs to support salaries, equipment and service provision. With these limited dollars, MACA ensures that CACs fund the core services to child victims including sound victim focused multidisciplinary investigative response and coordination of necessary mental health and medical services. Through a grant application process, MACA not only administers funding, but has the ability to design an individual technical assistance plan. For centers holding associate membership status with the National Children's Alliance (NCA), MACA works to ensure accreditation within a 5 year period. For those CACs accredited by the NCA, MACA encourages service delivery expansion. MACA also offers a statewide day long conference for child abuse professionals affording access to cutting edge information and networking.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MACA’s Access to Mental Health for Child Victims initiative, led by an Advisory Board of experts and providers, addresses barriers to trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health services for child victims of abuse. Wait times for specialized mental health care can be more than 6 months. To bridge this gap, in 2015 MACA trained over 50 clinicians in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with clinicians continuing to provide care using this modality today. In 2020, MACA will be piloting a statewide learning collaborative of Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for school aged children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Massachusetts Children’s Alliance was awarded a two-year grant Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant through the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) for FY’2019-FY’2020, to continue and build upon the innovative service response of our CACs for high risk as well as youth who are being trafficked. This new “Statewide CSEC Service Enhancement Project” offers sustainability and service enhancement for children impacted by commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) by ensuring that a coordinated, trauma informed response is available statewide from Pittsfield to Provincetown. The project will support a dedicated CSEC Case Manager position at each Children's Advocacy Center to coordinate the multidisciplinary team response to at-risk and sexually exploited children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Created in partnership with the 12 Children's Advocacy Centers, MACA’s curriculum helps educate community members and professionals who engage with children about recognizing and responding to child abuse because adults play a critical role in protecting children. In 2018, over 2500 individuals were trained through MACA's curriculum by their local Children's Advocacy Center.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

National Children's Alliance - Accreditation 2010

Affiliations & memberships

National Children's Alliance - Full Member 1996

Financials

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Massachusetts Children's Alliance, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Jane Chevalier

Hampden County District Attorney's Office

Jennifer Saniuk

Ropes & Gray, LLP

Jane Chevalier

Hampden County District Attorney's Office

Alice Newton

Mass General Hospital

Maureen Ferris

Alicja Klysz

Smith, Sullivan & Brown, P.C.

Stephanie Block

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Courtney Sans

Worcester District Attorney’s Office

Donald Shulman

Goulston & Storrs, P.C

Robyn Kennedy

YWCA Central MA

Nicole Richardi

Sanofi Genzyme

Al Palmeri

LOMA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

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