Two men in Erin Merryn's family tried to steal her voice. Now she's dedicated her life to giving children a voice to protect themselves from sexual abuse and to bring abusers to justice. Read Erin's story on the CAC Voices blog and see how Erin's Law is empowering children and families to fight and overcome sexual abuse.
Children's Advocacy Center leaders serving urban populations are meeting in NYC at our Annual Urban Forum right now to discuss common issues facing these CACs as they serve large, diverse populations. Thanks to Safe Horizon for hosting our group and thanks to Kathleen for the great photos!
An estimated 10-20% of American children witness domestic violence each year. And in the classroom, the ripple effects on children who witness violence can affect all the other children.
Children's Advocacy Centers help children who have witnessed violence as well as families who have who have been victimized by both child abuse and domestic violence.
The suffering child victims of sex trafficking experience doesn't end with their rescue. Faiza Mathon-Mathieu of Ecpat-Usa takes to our blog to explain how CACs and ordinary people can support policies that help prevent trafficking, like ensuring authorities have the resources to go after buyers.
Children's Advocacy Centers help kids with mental health treatments that follow the science. Why is evidence-based practice so important? University of Minnesota mental health researcher Abi Gewirtz explains how they work for all children, and spell the difference between healing and failure.
Research from Urban Institute and Feeding America finds that in communities across America, children in desperate economic situations often find themselves vulnerable to sexual exploitation. It's not always for money—sometimes it's just for something to eat.
The Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) that serve kids at CACs comprise experts in a variety of fields—police, mental health, CPS, prosecution, and others—collaboratively work to serve the child as a cohesive unit. But what about teams serving trafficking victims or commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC)? Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County leader Susan Goldfarb thinks through additional team members who may be needed to serve this population's special needs.
Longtime Children's Advocacy Center movement leader Cathy Crabtree pens a new post for the CAC Voices blog on renewal, sustaining the model that helps us help kids, and how our CACs age not so differently from ourselves.
We are proud to announce our brand-new blog, CAC Voices, featuring stories, insights, and practice from voices across the Children's Advocacy Center movement. Read our inaugural post from NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar and check back for new posts often at www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/blog.
Kids who have experienced trauma like abuse and neglect often suffer in many different ways. In school, traumatized children can quickly fall behind unless teachers and administrators understand a child's trauma history and provide a trauma-informed educational strategy that looks beyond the child's behaviors to their causes. Fortunately, many schools are teaming up with social workers to do just that.
Children are exploited in communities throughout the country, and not only in the obvious places. While Los Angeles law enforcement agencies freed eight children in a sweep to rescue sex-trafficking victims, an even larger effort announced yesterday broke a major international sex trafficking ring in California's San Gabriel Valley, releasing 28 victims trafficked from the city lights of San Diego to Fresno in the heart of California's farming communities.
The trauma of abuse goes beyond pain. Researchers have found links between childhood abuse and early death in women.
The work of CACs healing the lives of children and families goes on long after the abuse investigation and even the therapy has ended. Read about the great work of Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center in Newark, N.J., helping kids get back to school by providing school supply-filled backpacks for families connected to the center.
Just hours before the Olympic torch is lit in Rio, tragic news from USA Gymnastics serves as a stark reminder of the human cost when a youth-serving organization fails to report abuse within its ranks.
Our member Children's Advocacy Centers collect over 50,000 surveys every year from the caregivers of children they serve and members of the teams that provide those children and families with healing, justice, and trust to overcome the abuse they suffered. Learn more about how CACs use this OMS data to prove, and improve, their work.
The popularity of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has sparked public interest in the fates of female inmates at a time when the incarceration of women and girls has climbed—but not as a result of increased criminal activity or violence. In fact, many girls end up in the juvenile-justice system for behaviors linked to sexual abuse, suffering further trauma within the system, and often ending up in prison.
As many Americans prepare to head out for summer vacations on the nation's highways, it bears repeating that America's of open roads and truck stops are also a network for the sexual exploitation of children. Yet truckers are organizing to fight back against traffickers, helping keep an eye out to identify possible trafficking victims and posting information to help them escape their abusers.
In a state where reporting suspected child abuse is the law for everyone, do residents know their legal responsibilities? What are the barriers to getting more members of the public and child-serving professionals to report child abuse—even those legally required to do so? What can states and agencies do to increase reporting of suspected abuse cases? New research from UNH and NCA aims to answer these questions.
A new study in Nepal by Duke University researchers found that resiliency in children can reduce some genetic effects of trauma, but underscores that chronic trauma like child abuse can result in genetic changes, even resulting in damaging inflammatory responses and harming the immune system's ability to respond to disease.
The late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, passed away tragically young at 46 just over a year ago. But his legacy of working across the First State to prevent child sexual abuse lives on. His namesake foundation set a goal to educate 35,000 Delaware residents to prevent child sexual abuse, and at 20,000 graduates from the program, they're more than halfway to their ambitious goal.
Science shows that kids who have experienced child abuse and other trauma learn differently, suffer from behavior problems, and generally may need more help in school than kids who haven't. So what can schools do to help child victims of abuse learn? Among other things, a little kindness and understanding of what they've been through can go a long way.
A forensic interviewer is an indispensable member of the team at a Children's Advocacy Center that helps kids after abuse. So what exactly do they do? Read this story from our friends at West Virginia Child Advocacy Network and see what it means to help children talk about the worst thing that may have ever happened to them—and to start healing.
Ever wondered about how professionals help children and families heal from physical and emotional abuse? Or how therapists can help families get back on track before physical abuse starts? Learn more about AF-CBT, a specialized intervention offered by many Children's Advocacy Centers that helps caregivers and their children master their relationship.
What do you know about sextortion? It's a new form of online abuse and it puts kids at risk. See new research from Thorn and the UNH Crimes Against Children Research Center.
A growing body of research links traumatic adverse childhood experiences like child abuse with food addiction, obesity, and the bad health outcomes associated with obesity.