This one's for the CACs. We've made huge advances in helping kids the way the science tells us to. But how do we keep these practices sustainable? Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center's Carole Swiecicki tells us how she did it in South Carolina.
Vicarious trauma—the "emotional residue" of the trauma of others—hits child welfare workers like CAC professionals hard. It can lead to mental health problems, substance use issues, and burnout. But there's a path forward. Our Kim Day, a 25-year veteran of the child welfare field, explains what it takes for CACs and communities to institutionalize self-care.
The military provides services that can prevent abuse to its servicemembers, and has taken steps to coordinate with state child welfare authorities to help children abused on its bases. Yet states have no obligation to share case information with base authorities. Many CAC leaders already work closely with base staff to help military children, but what about the rest?
A great Q&A on the child abuse intervention landscape in 2017 with the leader of Massachusetts' The Children's Trust.
Our friend Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law", a survivor, author, and successful advocate for sexual abuse prevention education, recently gave a TEDx Talk on her journey from victim to survivor to protector. Watch her talk on Youtube.
At last week's Leadership Conference, NCA honored the LDS Church with our National Philanthropic Leadership Award. CACs and communities need the leadership of all faith communities to serve and protect children.
As NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar said in her remarks that "faith communities have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of protecting children because families and communities really listen to them and turn to them for support and guidance."
On our blog, family social science expert Dr. Abi Gewirtz explores the connection between "coercive parenting" and childhood trauma. More importantly, she explains how new programs help caregivers escape these unhealthy and unproductive parenting behaviors so children can thrive.
We're here in DC with 563 of our best friends from across the CAC movement! Here are some highlights from the first full day of the 2017 Leadership Conference. Message us with your best conference photos or post them below!
The triumph of mercy over judgment may be a concept that comes to us from religion, but it's also proving to be good public policy. In New Orleans, school administrators are learning students' trauma history to help them learn and flourish instead of punishing them for the behavioral effects of trauma.
In the early 90s, this former CDC researcher participated on the team that identified the lifelong effects of childhood trauma like abuse. Today, she works in Atlanta as a professor researching how to address public health by healing children. Read her take on ACEs.
CACs don't just help kids recover from trauma. They help kids help investigators solve crimes. Great story on our member Baltimore Child Abuse Center!
What if you could glimpse the future of your community's children? What if you could do something about it now? Watch and learn from our colleagues at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center about the danger of ACEs, and what CACs are doing to stop the lifelong suffering of abuse now.
Announcing this year's amazing winners for the 2017 Recognition Awards! We'll honor them all in person at next month's Leadership Conference. Do you know any of the winners?
Law enforcement agencies around the globe are seeing a rising tide of "online sex tourism" where children are exploited live over the internet. But as CACs know well, child pornography victims suffer daily right here in the U.S., in every state. With support from Congress and DOJ, we are working to expand and specialize the services CACs offer to victims of child pornography and their unique needs.
Ever wanted to know what a Children's Advocacy Center does? How these centers serve child victims of abuse, partner with the FBI to get justice for kids, and heal communities? See our brand-new 2016 Annual Report, out now.
In an unspeakable tragedy that made national news, a father never found his daughter alive. But in his search for her, he found a new calling: rescuing the child victims of commercial sexual exploitation hiding in plain sight in virtually all of our communities.
35 million children in the U.S. have experienced trauma, and young children are at especially high risk. Learn how policymakers and early childhood professionals can meet their unique needs in this report from Child Trends and National Center for Children in Poverty.
“What the researchers found was that those who gained the weight back were victims of childhood trauma."
In a new photo essay, Urban Institute tells powerful stories of the connections between the services families need and outcomes for children. Children's Advocacy Centers often strive to connect families with agencies and nonprofits that provide supportive housing and other "wraparound" services, leading to better lifelong outcomes.
Across the nation this April, advocates for children are taking their message to the public and to legislators: This Child Abuse Prevention Month, take meaningful steps to stop child abuse and heal the children traumatized by it.
Have you seen blue pinwheels this month? Many of our member Children's Advocacy Centers around the country use them to raise awareness of and funds to combat child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Share a photo of your community's pinwheels in the comments!
Even in the heartland, near where the first CAC was built, the devastating consequences of child pornography and exploitation are making deadlines. As NCA works on new resources to help child victims of exploitation, read what communities in Alabama and Georgia are already doing to serve them.
This National Child Abuse Prevention Month, give some thought to adults still reeling from the trauma of child abuse suffered years ago. We can still do so much through Children's Advocacy Centers to build the happy, whole adults of tomorrow.