Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers
4711 Trousdale Drive
Suite 124
Nashville TN 37220
Mission Statement
The Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Center (TNCAC) promotes, assists, and supports development, growth, and sustainability of child advocacy centers across the state in their service to abused, at risk and neglected children and their families.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Jointer
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Wilkerson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1996
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $807,406.00
Projected Annual Revenue $807,406.00 (2018)
Mission The Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Center (TNCAC) promotes, assists, and supports development, growth, and sustainability of child advocacy centers across the state in their service to abused, at risk and neglected children and their families.
Founded in 1996, TNCAC is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization. TNCAC promotes over 30 child advocacy centers across the state, disseminates information and serves a central point of contact in the state for funding opportunities and resource sharing. Tennessee’s Children’s Advocacy Centers are located in both rural and urban communities across the state, providing services to 87 counties, including all 40 counties in middle Tennessee. In 2010, Tennessee Chapter member programs served over 20,000 children in Tennessee.
Prior to the creation of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model, the social service and the criminal justice systems did not work together as an effective team that children could trust. The lack of coordination between agencies added to the victim’s emotional distress by segmenting and repeating parts of an already frightening experience for the children. TNCAC promotes a coordinated model of care that prioritizes the child’s needs. Now, when an incident of child abuse is reported in Tennessee, the victim and their family are able to go to one place, a child advocacy center, where all the agencies and departments involved coordinate the services and investigation in a manner that is sensitive to the child’s needs. When law enforcement, prosecutors, child protective services, and the medical and mental health professionals work together to investigate and prosecute cases of child sexual abuse trauma to the children is minimized, the cycle of abuse is broken and communities benefit from increased prosecution rates for perpetrators.  
TNCAC is dedicated to empowering local communities to serve victims of severe child abuse.  We do this by leading child welfare professionals and the communities in which they serve to respond to severe child abuse in effective and efficient methods that prioritize the child.  TNCAC accomplishes this by training and providing technical assistance to child protective investigative teams across the state and educating local communities about child abuse. 
1.  Funding to underwrite multi-disciplinary team training for child welfare professionals who investigate child sexual abuses cases. $50,000

2. Funding to expand our child abuse prevention program.  The program, Steward’s of Children, teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.$100,000

3. Funding to purchase advertising space and time to run a child abuse public awareness campaign. $100,000.

 4. Strategic planning to better support Child Advocacy Centers across the state of Tennessee. $100,000.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Child Abuse Prevention
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TNCAC partners with the 15 child advocacy centers across middle Tennessee.  Our office is located in Davidson County but travel to all 40 counties to provide training and technical assistance.
CEO Statement

Last year in Middle Tennessee there were 6,643 reported cases of children who were allegedly sexually or physically abused. Children who are sexually abused are in vulnerable situations and hesitant to talk about what has happened to them. Often the perpetrator, the one hurting them, is also someone they love dearly. In the majority of child sexual abuse cases the perpetrator is someone the child knows well. Each of these children deserve access to a host of services including medical, mental health, legal, investigative and victim advocacy. In 2012, the 15 CACs in Middle Tennessee provided 3,059 forensic interviews, 243 medical exams and therapy to over  1,000 children.  The CACs meet the children where they are and focus on finding the solution to the situation rather than the child’s suffering. Coordinating all the services and minimizing the number of times the child has to retell the experience reduces the risk of victimizing the child. Prior to the CAC model, investigations and interventions into child sexual abuse cases were sporadic and lacked a common sense of duty and purpose. TNCAC works with the 46 CACs across the state to strengthen their services and provide trainings to address improving the multi-disciplinary approach to care. In 2010, we committed to leading a statewide prevention initiative.  In 2012  we have trained 9,386 adults across Tennessee to recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. TNCAC believes that it is an adult’s responsibility to protect children and therefore we need to educate adults rather than expect children to protect themselves. One of the ways we improve the services offered to victims, is child abuse prevention training.

Together with the local CACs, we are meeting the needs of children who have been abused and helping communities across Tennessee break the cycle of abuse.

Description TNCAC supports CACs and child abuse professionals through a variety of training opportunities. Our Child Protective Investigative Team Training is designed to educate the multidisciplinary team on the history of CPIT, good protocol and best practices. The course is tailored to individual teams to address specific team issues, team building and promote sound communication. Our other core training is Talking to Kids. This training is for frontline child welfare professionals. It teaches them how to interact and improve their interviewing skills with children who are alleged victims of abuse. Annually, TNCAC hosts the Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference in November. CACs in the Tennessee who wish to have training that is designed specifically for their agency and/or community can contact TNCAC for assistance with developing a customized training. pasting
Budget 100000
Population Served , ,
TNCAC assists the CAC directors in the accreditation process and addresses their management concerns. TNCAC staff work with the directors to strengthen the organizational capacity of the centers and build sustainable programs that the community can depend on in the future as well as today. In order to do this, TNCAC works individually and with teams of directors to create and improve fundraising plans, program evaluations and human resource procedures. Strengthening the individual centers ensures that children and families in communities across Tennessee will always have a safe place to bring their children when an incident of sexual abuse is suspected.
TNCAC received a grant from the National Children’s Alliance under a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Under this grant, TNCAC is sub-awarding funding to accredited 31 CACs in Tennessee for the 2013 calendar year.
Budget 310000
Population Served , ,

TNCAC works with other nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee to promote sound practices to address the needs of children who have been sexually abused. TNCAC also works with the public about the warning signs that a child has been abused and what to do if you suspect abuse. TNCAC uses a curriculum called Stewards of Children developed by Darkness to Light, a national organization with the mission of child sexual abuse prevention. Suggested as the most promising approach by researchers, the program is adult- focused, evidence based, targeted to any adult that works with children and parents. The program is designed to teach adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, making it a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention program. When local communities know about child sex abuse, there is a greater chance of ending the cycle of abuse.

Budget 60000
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Wilkerson
Company Affiliation Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Tracie Davis Campbell County Children's Advocacy CenterVoting
Pamela Dickey Childhelp Children's Center of East TennesseeVoting
Angie Hatcher Sledge East TN Community RepresentativeVoting
Susan Lawless Glassman West TN Community RepresentativeVoting
Marcus Stamps Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Karen Jointer
Term Start Aug 2014
Email kjointer@tncac.org

Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 1
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Aug 2015
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization1996
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2005
National Association of Social Workers2006
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth2004
American Professional Society on Abuse of Children2004
National Children's Alliance - Full Member2009
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $807,406.00
Projected Expenses $807,406.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$433,486$419,072$321,029
Individual Contributions$4,860$4,721$121,796
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13,395$9,930$6,258
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$751,325$780,030$716,907
Administration Expense$168,987$151,936$116,870
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.910.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%84%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$785,580$752,226$827,487
Current Assets$159,798$133,029$162,200
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,400$12,149$6,179
Total Net Assets$783,180$740,077$821,308
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities66.5810.9526.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountState Government Grants $433,486State Government Grants $419,072State Government Grants $321,029
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $382,329Other Revenue $338,033Other Revenue $266,889
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $129,345Program Revenue $78,979Contributions, Gifts and Grants $121,796
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.
Financial documents prepared by Pinkstaff, Simpson & Headrick, P.C.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 1/9/18.
Nonprofit Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers
Address 4711 Trousdale Drive
Suite 124
Nashville, TN 37220
Primary Phone (615) 333-5832
Contact Email kjointer@tncac.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Jointer
Board Chair Mrs. Jennifer Wilkerson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
Year of Incorporation 1996

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