Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

Partners in building a community-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

Partners in building a community-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

Partners in building a community-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

Western Regional Children's Advocacy Center

Partners in building a community-based, comprehensive and multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

Who We Are

Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center provides training and technical assistance to professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.  Funded through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention (OJJDP),  Western Regional serves Children’s Advocacy Centers, multidisciplinary teams, and communities working to improve their response to child abuse in thirteen western states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Our mission is to provide the education and resources needed to strengthen a community’s response to child abuse.

We are proud to be part of a creative, talented, and dynamic team!  We offer the combined wisdom of over 60 years in the CAC field including CAC administration, Chapter administration, victim advocacy, fund development, child welfare, evaluation, strategic planning, event planning, and more.  As long-term residents of western states, our team members bring an understanding of the unique challenges and strengths of communities and teams located in the western region.

Meet our Team

Maureen ‘Mo’ Basenberg, Executive Director
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: 719/884-0378

Maureen picture - candid

Maureen Fitzgerald, Project Director
Location: Olympia, WA
Phone: 719/325-6858


Lynn Rioth, Outreach Coordinator
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: 719/884-0378


Brett Kelso, Outreach Coordinator
Location: Tigard, OR
Phone: 719/322-5965


Erica Fraser, Training Coordinator
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Phone: 719/884-0378

Anne Marie Jordan, Project Support Coordinator
Location: Olympia, WA
Phone: 719/822-5876

Western Regional CAC is a program of Safe Passage, an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Colorado Springs, CO.

Each month we plan to highlight locations in the Western Region.  This month’s photographs were taken by Judith Presson of Tacoma, WA.  Judith works with Monarch Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center in Lacey, WA.  The photos include Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park, WA,  Little Susitna River near Palmer, AK, and Westchester Lagoon near Anchorage, AK.

If you have photographs of places in the western region you would like to share, we’d love to highlight them on the slider.  The photos have to be of a high enough resolution to add to the slide show (cell phone pictures often work). Pictures also cannot show trademarked images (logos from corporations, for example).  If you aren’t sure, send them anyway and we’ll try them out and let you know. Email them to mfitzgerald@safepassagecac.org.

Which Forensic Interview Model Do You Use?

Thank you so much for your assistance yesterday in guiding the Chiefs and the staff committee through strategic planning.   With your guidance, we were able to develop an excellent foundation from which to build on as we move forward with the process.  I also enjoyed being  part of the “group” instead of the facilitator which I haven’t been able to do before.



Excellent training!  Glad I came.

I wanted to let you know that we had a very successful site visit, in a large part thanks to you and your feedback. We don’t have anything pending, and I am hopeful that we will have good news in mid-October.  Thank you so very much for all the help and work you did for our preparation.


[The training] helped us work through issues so we can focus on child safety.

What We Offer

Technical Assistance

Our staff are available by phone or email to provide technical assistance on topics related to Children’s Advocacy Centers, multidisciplinary teams, Chapters, and development of CACs.  If we don’t know the answer, we will find it for you.


Western Regional offers a variety of professional training opportunities for individual professionals and teams.  Recent topics include team facilitation, court preparation, corroborating and defending the forensic interview, victim advocacy, multidisciplinary team training, and trauma-focused mental health services.

WRCAC also hosts a Chapter Summit every other year, in rotation with National Children’s Alliance.

Accreditation Preparation

Staff at WRCAC are trained site reviewers for National Children’s Alliance and three have gone through the accreditation process as the director of a CAC and one as the director of a state Chapter.  We are happy to help you with the accreditation process including accessing resources, reviewing your application, and, if needed, conducting a practice site review at your center.

Customized On-site Training

Didn’t find what you are looking for on our training calendar?  We can bring training to your center.  Contact us about customized on-site training for your staff, team, board of directors, or other stakeholders.

Examples of recent trainings:

  • Board of Directors Retreat
  • Case Review
  • Multidisciplinary Team Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • CAC Development

WRCAC staff are also available to present at your conference or training event.



Successfully completing the NCA Accreditation process takes a great deal of work and commitment on the part of the CAC and the team.  We salute the following centers and chapter for their successful completion of the accreditation or reaccreditation process:

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington, Olympia, WA

Chadwick Center for Children and Families, San Diego, CA
Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii, Hilo, HI
Children’s Justice Center of Kauai, Lihue, HI
Children’s Justice Center of West Hawaii, Kona, HI
Children’s Justice Center of Maui County, Wailuku, HI
Courage Center, Napa, CA
Kids First Children’s Advocacy Center, Colville, WA
Children’s Justice Center of King County, Seattle, WA
Children’s Advocacy Center of Pierce County, Tacoma, WA
Kitsap Special Assault Investigations and Victim’s Services (SAIVS), Port Orchard, WA
North Central Washington Child and Family Advocacy Center, Wenatchee, WA
Palomar Child Abuse Program, Escondido, CA
Placer County MDIC, Roseville, CA
Riverside County Child Assessment Team, Moreno Valley, CA


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you charge for services?

The nice thing about being funded through a grant from OJJDP is that we can offer technical assistance at no charge.  Participants who register for one of our group trainings pay a small fee, but they are also eligible to receive reimbursement for approved travel and lodging expenses.

Are staff assigned to specific states? If so, how do I find out who is assigned to my state?

Although all of the WRCAC staff work throughout the region, each state has a dedicated contact person.  To find yours, click on the Chapters and CACs page, click on your state, and the contact person will be listed on the right hand side of the page.

Who attends your trainings? Are they targeted to specific professions?

We provide training to professionals involved with the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.  That includes law enforcement, advocates, medical providers, prosecutors, mental health providers, child protection workers, CAC staff, and others involved in the multidisciplinary team.  We also provide training to state Chapters, boards of directors, and communities wishing to develop a CAC.

Who conducts the trainings?

In some cases, training is conducted by WRCAC staff.  We also contract with professionals from around the country who have expertise in specific training areas.   Contractors include nationally known speakers, experts from within the region, and some of the professionals working in CACs around the west.

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Call or email anytime and one of our staff will be happy to work with you!


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