Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician and author of "The Deepest Well," offers a Q&A with the New York Times on adverse childhood experiences, their effects on society, and what we can do about it.
Yesterday, NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar met with a team of students from Kyunghee University in Seoul, studying abroad at the University of Pennsylvania to learn about U.S. nonprofits. One of our favorite things to do is to share about the CAC model with caring students and professionals from around the world. Thanks to Jangwon Lee and her fellow students for visiting us and for their commitment to improve lives for kids in South Korea!
S. 534, requiring amateur athletic associations to report suspected child abuse within 24 hours, is on the president's desk for signature. Thank you, Senator Dianne Feinstein, for leading the charge to hold sporting federations accountable. Owing to your work and the brave, powerful voices of these girls and women, we will stop the next Larry Nasser.
An unsung hero of the Larry Nasser trial is just two years old. Preston is a black lab who serves victims of child abuse in his job as a therapy dog at Small Talk Children's Assessment Center in Lansing, MI. In the courtroom this week, Preston was there to comfort many of Nasser's victims as they told the difficult stories of what happened to them.
S. 534 would require stricter mandatory reporting laws for amateur athletic associations—the kind that allowed Larry Nasser to abuse scores of girls for decades. This bipartisan bill, passed unanimously by the Senate with 28 co-sponsors from both parties, is waiting on the House. Do your part to stop the next Larry Nasser. Call your representatives and Speaker Paul Ryan and ask them to introduce this bill.
Everyone should know about the important science that can help us give children the best shot despite adversity. Childhood trauma expert Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris new book, “The Deepest Well,” exploring the promising science behind healing the scars of trauma—science that CACs use every day as we serve kids.
The doctor convicted of sexually abusing dozens of U.S. gymnasts while they were just children—including Olympic athletes—begins his sentencing hearing today. But it often takes the silence of so many others to allow the abuse to continue for so long.
One of the most powerful lessons prevention experts say you can teach your children is bodily autonomy: your body is your own. Here's a list of books about how to talk to kids about their bodies and their power to set their own boundaries.
In 2018, Erin Merryn has an ambitious goal to enact Erin's Law in 40 states to provide kids with education to help stop abuse. Hear her story and the hope Erin's Law is bringing to communities nationwide.
A look back at the year that was and a look ahead at our commitment to bring children healing and justice in 2018—now with a force of 854 CACs nationwide, and growing. All in this month's newsletter.
As the New Year dawns, our minds are on the new beginnings possible for child victims of abuse. Survivor Jenna Quinn "Jenna's Law" dives into her memories of when she needed a CAC most. Read her story of trauma, redemption, faith—and growth.
CACs help kids be kids again. Our state leader in Utah shares how a CAC helped a mom and dad get their daughter back. Read Rachel's story and what it truly means to be rich.
Keeping kids safe is a year-round job, but the holiday season brings special challenges. Here are some tips to help keep little ones in your family and community as you celebrate this holiday season.
Experts on serving sexually exploited children have a message for parents, social workers, and child advocates: these victims may not see themselves as victims. Read our latest blog post for more on how to help kids caught up in trafficking by understanding them.
"Punishment—or the threat of it—is generally considered an effective way to shape human behavior; it is, after all, the foundation of our criminal justice system. But what if there’s a subset of the population for whom this paradigm simply doesn’t apply? New research suggests that there is such a group: survivors of childhood trauma."
A look at Australian CACs from a researcher who helped launch them offers a peek at what we know—and what we have yet to learn—contributes to the success of these centers that serve child victims of abuse the world over.
Today is #GivingTuesday! Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will double your donation today only while funds last if you follow these steps:
1) Make sure you're logged into Facebook
2) Make your donation with the big, blue "Donate" button at the top of the page or the "Donate" button on this post below OR
3) Use the "Fundraisers" link in the page menu to start your own Facebook Fundraiser supporting NCA
4) Make your donation, then share your gift with your friends and encourage them to give too!
To give without a Facebook account, visit www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/donate
Thanks for your support of kids!
Stand up for children. Support NCA during Facebook's #GivingTuesday Challenge tomorrow, November 28. Starting at 8:00 a.m. EST, your donations through our Facebook page will be doubled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while funds last. They won't last long, so get online at 8:00 to double your impact.
Tuesday, November 28 is #GivingTuesday (Starting at 8:00 A.M. EST)!
#GivingTuesday is a worldwide day when we can unite with friends, families and loved ones to give to causes we care about.
This year, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with Facebook to help to increase the impact of #GivingTuesday.
The National Children's Alliance is a proud participant in this program!
How You Can Help?
Be on your toes! The matching Gates Foundation funds will go quickly!
The Gates Foundation will begin their match on November 28th at 8 A.M. EST on the dot!
The match will only last as funding is available.
On November 28th starting at 8:00 A.M. EST:
• Give your own unique gift: Give a gift, every dollar counts—even a small donation can make a big difference! Visit our Facebook page here: facebook.com/NationalChildrensAlliance/ and click on the "donate" button.
• Inspire others to give: Reach out to your social networks and invite your friends to give: click on “fundraisers” on the left sidebar of our Facebook page and click on “raise money”. Facebook will then walk you through the short and easy steps to start your own fundraiser for NCA on #GivingTuesday (tip: You may even set up your fundraiser before November 28 so your friends will know of the #GivingTuesday campaign in advance!).
• Be ready!: Set Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00 A.M. EST as a moment of giving. Start your Tuesday off with a donation to NCA that can be matched by the Gates Foundation! Be sure to give through our Facebook giving button located at our Facebook page: facebook.com/NationalChildrensAlliance.
[Please note: If you are not able to give right at 8 A.M. EST your gift is welcomed throughout the day.]
"Male victims don't disclose their child sexual abuse histories easily or willingly, so having a comfortable support network around them is vital. But, to form this, we need to ask ourselves: are we ready to listen?"
If you haven't seen the new PSA from Madelaine Petsch, star of Riverdale, watch this quick 60-second video with a message for survivors and allies, then go to getthepowerback.org and learn how to reclaim the future.
After events in this week's episode of Riverdale, Madelaine Petsch has a video message for survivors of sexual assault and abuse and their allies: you can get the power back.
Visit www.getthepowerback.org and see four things you can do right now to get help, or to help a friend who needs you.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is right: childhood trauma can last forever. But we can do something about it now. CACs use evidence-based trauma treatments to heal kids not just from the effects they're going through now, but also from trauma-related issues their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.
New resources for both parents and providers to help kids through trauma from Sesame Street in Communities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.