What's the role of Children's Advocacy Centers in preventing child abuse, both this April and throughout the year? Our Executive Director, Teresa Huizar, recently gave Comcast Newsmakers five minutes on the integral role of CACs in putting a stop to abuse and helping kids heal after it.
The USA Gymnasts were Corey's Olympic heroes. Just like them, he started training as a small child. And, just like many of them, he worked with the same coaches who ended up charged with child sexual abuse and child pornography. What protected Corey from predators while they hurt others? And, how can we apply these lessons to all the children in our lives?
Blue ribbons and blue pinwheels have been recognizable symbols of child abuse prevention for years. Now, activists in Kansas City, Dallas, and cities across the country are encouraging residents to wear blue to raise awareness about child abuse and to help prevent it.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our member CACs provide abuse prevention education to millions. More importantly, we put a stop to abuse, and help kids heal and thrive after. Here's how.
"Now, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, is the time to take a stand. Now is the time to say enough, the time to protect our children—both the children we love and those we hardly know or may never even meet."
What is a CAC? Where did they come from? Most importantly, why do abused kids need the services they provide? Many of us know the answer, but CityLab just posted a great primer for you to help share the story of Children's Advocacy Centers.
Research is beginning to show that childhood trauma experienced by parents can have effects on their children. Fortunately, pediatricians, including many who partner with CACs, are taking notice and treating children as part of the whole family. Read this American Academy of Pediatrics blog surveying the research.
Did you know that CACs provided science-based mental health treatments to 207,516 kids last year? That's about the same as the number of pre-K students in California, New York, Michigan, and Virginia—combined! Learn more about the CAC movement we lead, what we accomplished together in 2017, and where we're headed in 2018, all in our brand-new Annual Report.
Here's an update from Washington that's all good news. Learn about the Family First Prevention Services Act that NCA supported, and which provides funding for crucial evidence-based prevention programs.
Here’s what you should know about child sexual abuse images and how to protect children from the dangers of the internet.
After the shock, the details, and the debate it spawned, the violence in Parkland, Florida, has sparked discussions around the trauma that child survivors of the mass shooting are experiencing. But who is most likely to experience childhood trauma, and what can we do to help improve their lives?
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.