Advocates for children should be cheered by proposed changes at the Southern Baptist Convention—and at religious and academic institutions generally—to address abusers within the ranks. But it's not time to celebrate. See Teresa Huizar's letter to the editor on what's really behind rampant institutional abuse.
How can you help trafficked and exploited children—especially when they're hidden in plain sight? See these new campaign and learning materials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and learn how to look beneath the surface. #EndTrafficking
Trauma can be generational, but so can healing. The mental health services CACs offer to hundreds of thousands of kids each year matter not only to those children, but also to future generations.
Last night, ESPN honored more than 140 'Sister Survivors' of sexual abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics doctor, with its Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Decades of abuse went unpunished, report after report ignored or silenced. Yet, these brave women and girls stood firm in the truth, ultimately sparing countless child athletes the trauma of abuse and the agony of denial.
Thirteen years ago today, America lost a five-year-old girl on a military base in Hawaii. Her name was Talia. Today, her memory lives through a law bearing her name that protects military children like her. Our own Cpt. Laura Hatcher remembers Talia and shines a light on the powerful legacy of her brief life.
Amazon Prime Day is Monday, July 16. Want to support kids while getting deals? Sign up for AmazonSmile and designate National Children's Alliance as your charity of choice, and a portion of your sale will go to NCA. Here's how to sign up.
Many of our member CACs, like Weiss Child Advocacy Center in Flint, MI, use therapy dogs or facility dogs to provide a calming presence and meet the needs of children that come through the doors. Daphne, the black lab serving kids at Weiss, just turned two. Happy birthday, Daphne!
Following the science helps us provide more kids with more effective trauma treatments, helping them not just to survive, but thrive! We're excited to work with our partners at the Utah Attorney General's Office Children's Justice Center program, Cambia Health Solutions Foundation, the Yale Child Study Center, and our state Chapters and local CACs in western states to train clinicians in new tools that help kids.
In case you weren't able to join us for the 2018 Leadership Conference, here are the great people and organizations we recognized with our 2018 Recognition Awards. Congrats to all our winners and the CACs they served and supported!
Here's coverage of Vice President Joe Biden's speech accepting our Champion for Children Award last week on behalf of his late son, Delaware AG Beau Biden. Both Bidens have undertaken significant work to protect children from abuse at the state and federal levels.
On the final day of our 2018 Leadership Conference, we thank the 650+ leaders who showed up here to support thriving kids and build shining communities. Here’s the story of three: clinicians on the front lines working—with NCA’s support—to provide kids with the healing mental health services kids need to thrive.
Here on Day 3 of our annual Leadership Conference, Vice President Joe Biden and his family joined us to accept our Champion for Children Award on behalf of his late son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. Beau's legacy of support for CACs and protecting children in Delaware echoed his father's powerful advocacy for women and children in Washington, where the elder Biden authored or sponsored both the Victims of Child Abuse Act and the Violence Against Women Act.
“Even when I wrote this legislation [the Victims of Child Abuse Act], I couldn’t have imagined it would be so big," Biden told the crowd of hundreds of CAC leaders. "I’m so proud to be associated with you.”
We are proud to be associated with vice president and his family, and we are grateful for the ongoing work of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, carrying on Beau's passion for the work of CACs and the prevention of child abuse.
Today is the first full day of our annual Leadership Conference, bringing together more than 650 heroes for children from around the nation. While Team NCA is ready to assemble day or night to defeat evil—CACs, you’re the real superheroes.
Watch our new video from the annual meeting.
We'll be joined at our 2018 Leadership Conference next week by a very special guest who will accept our Champion for Children Award on behalf of the late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who dedicated his career to protecting children, supporting CACs, and educating adults on how to stop abuse.
We know that childhood trauma can have lifelong effects. Teachers often have unusual insight into how tragically common these experiences are. Washington, D.C.'s 2016 Teacher of the Year shares how his students opened up about their own trauma in a literature class.
Contact your Senators and Representatives to support CACs nationwide! Thanks to Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Chris Coons, Congressman Ted Poe, and Congressman Jim Costa for their support of NCA and of all child victims of abuse.
If institutions refuse to do what it takes to protect children from abusers because it's the right thing to do, then perhaps they will do so because failure is catastrophically expensive. Michigan State officials reached a staggering half-billion-dollar sex abuse settlement with victims of Larry Nassar.
Erin's Law, which mandates sexual abuse prevention and personal body safety education in schools, just passed in Georgia—the 35th state with such laws on the books. Watch this new video from CNN and Erin Merryn, a friend of NCA and an advocate for children.
One reason CACs are the preferred response to allegations of child abuse and assault: the forensic interview we provide can prevent situations where child victims may be retraumatized by bullying, irrelevant questions in deposition. Read NCA's take in this story out of Tennessee.
More from Pew Charitable Trusts on how a new federal law affects children, families, and the nation's troubled foster care system.
Most of us will experience trauma at various points throughout our lives, and may develop short-term Acute Stress Disorder as a result. But a history of childhood trauma, like abuse, can be a risk factor for traumatic events or memories to trigger full-fledged PTSD. Here are some tips from experts on how to deal with traumatic experiences and the thoughts they leave behind.
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.