Deep trauma and overwhelming stress early in life—the kind abused kids experience—impacts children and adults throughout their lives. These Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) lead to social and emotional impairment, disease, and even early death.
Watch this video and learn more about the ACE Study, an ongoing research project between the CDC and Kaiser Permanente that aims to understand and curb the lifelong impact of childhood trauma.
Today is the World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Learn how governments, nonprofits and individuals around the world are working to prevent child abuse as CACs help victims heal.
While reports of child abuse among military families remain well below the general population, a forthcoming study find that young children of servicemembers recently returned from deployment face an elevated risk of abuse, especially in the six months after returning home.
For the next week and a half, residents of West Virginia's capital and the surrounding area can take an online study on adverse experiences in their childhoods. This is a great opportunity to participate in science that will help researchers better understand the long-term affects of childhood trauma.
Adults don't have to touch a child to scar them. Researchers found in a study published in October in the journal JAMA Psychiatry that the consequences of emotional abuse on kids—including elevated rates of depression, withdrawal, anxiety, and neuroticism—were similar to the effects of other forms of maltreatment, including physical and sexual abuse.
Today we got to visit SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County, our friends helping kids in Fairfax County, Virginia. They're a small center doing great work serving a large, diverse population.
This Veterans' Day, as we honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's vets, let's also consider the challenges America's military children face as their parents transition into civilian life.
NCA's Teresa Huizar recently appeared on "Eye on Washington," a public policy-focused show that airs throughout Nevada. It was a rare opportunity to speak at length about the complex issue of child abuse and the solutions CACs offer. It's a long one, but it's an excellent primer on what our movement is all about.
It was also a great chance to talk about the immense need for CACs in Nevada—where there are fewer centers per capita than any other state—and to highlight the great work of the few existing Nevada CACs.
Congress and DOJ are working on ways to lessen the impact of cuts to Victims of Crime Act funding abused kids need. Tell your representatives in Washington what VOCA dollars mean to kids in your community and follow the #DontCutVOCA action on Twitter: http://twitter.com/hashtag/DontCutVOCA
Learn more and take action at www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/act-now
Even in states with a powerful CAC presence, and a deep commitment from law enforcement, child abuse can be a surprisingly large problem. In Utah, where we just held our 2015 Chapter Summit, the prevalence of maltreatment cases involving sexual abuse is the highest in the nation, with the eight-highest overall rate of abuse in the country.
Thanks to the efforts of the Utah Children's Justice Center Program and the leadership of Sean Reyes, Utah's Attorney General, who spoke at our Summit, Utah has prioritized child sexual abuse and offers a statewide response for prevention and treatment.
Perhaps child abuse really has risen in Utah, or perhaps it is only reporting that that risen. In either case, Utah is taking the lead to defend and heal its most vulnerable residents.
Thanks to Janet Fine for her years of service on the NCA Board of Directors, and congratulations and happy retirement to Anne Lynn, Project Director of the Northeast Regional CAC. We were pleased to present both Janet and Anne with plaques recognizing their service last week at our Chapter Summit in Salt Lake City!
We are proud to share that NCA recently earned GuideStar USA, Inc. Gold Participant status for our commitment to organizational transparency. We encourage all of our nonprofit members and partners to fill out your GuideStar profiles in order to earn the same mark of commitment to transparency.
We're live in SLC at our 2015 Chapter Summit, where we join with the tireless advocates for kids at our 49 State Chapters. Utah State Attorney General Sean Reyes, a powerful voice for kids in the Beehive State, welcomed our Chapter leaders this morning.
Modeling prevention programs like Safe Touches - a personal safety training for children in grades K-3 - is just one of many ways we can build a comprehensive community approach to preventing child sexual abuse. Read more about Safe Touches in the latest issue of the APSAC Advisor from The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
CAC Executive Directors: Save the Date for the 2016 Urban Forum in New York City! Take this chance to gather with your peers in the heart of the nation's largest urban center. CAC leaders serving metro areas of 285,000 people or more are welcome to share what's working in your community and learn the tools and lessons that are helping in the communities of others.
We encourage all CACs, MDTs and forensic interviewers to read this bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and share widely with your colleagues and team members.
Thanks to our fans, NCA is one of the first winners of a 2015 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read our great reviews and add your story at http://bit.ly/1LLKmkC.
A new policy brief from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network shares important clinical and policy approaches to improving care for child victims of sex trafficking. Read the findings at http://bit.ly/1LLDDHn.
NCA staff collected some wonderful baby shower gifts for the expectant mothers of Bright Beginnings, Inc., a D.C.-based development center for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers. At NCA, we're proud to give back to help some of the most vulnerable children and families here in the Washington, D.C. area.
Federal employees and military personnel: You can support children in the nation you serve and defend. Visit our Combined Federal Campaign page to learn more about the work of Children's Advocacy Centers and pledge now with CFC #16219.
In the last five years, 110 Massachusetts children have died of abuse and neglect. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting spent two years fighting for the state records needed to report on this story and shine a light on the commonwealth's failures to learn from these tragedies and prevent new ones.
CAC leaders: less than a month left to submit your conference session ideas! Let us know what you'd like to share or see at the 2016 Leadership Conference Here in Washington.
NCA staff spent this quarter's volunteer day chopping veggies and helping out in the kitchen at DC Central Kitchen! Better than your average Monday. Healthy, happy kids and nutritious food go hand in hand!