A unidentified toddler found dead in Boston has many asking the same question this story does. The answer: we can. But as Massachusetts is learning, an underfunded and understaffed child welfare system has tragic consequences.
A powerful PSA out of Denmark shows why child abuse can be so hard to spot and why we have to be vigilant to protect the children in our lives.
As the military looks to address a suicide epidemic, a new study finds that that the traumatic childhood experiences of servicemembers may contribute to suicide risk even more than trauma experienced during deployment.
Massachusetts now reports the highest rates of child abuse in the nation, but it remains unclear whether the high rates owe to better reporting of cases when they happen, or a genuine uptick in abuse.
Another casualty of the migrant crisis as violence rages in Central America: kids falling victim to human traffickers posing as sponsors. However, even today our local Children's Advocacy Centers are working with detention center staff, training them to spot the signs of abuse and helping these kids in desperate need find safety and stability.
NCA's Teresa Huizar was asked by Youth Today what she's reading. Here's her list of great books on management, philanthropy, and insights for nonprofit and child-serving leaders.
A study in the journal Psychiatry Research found that victims of childhood trauma such as abuse can have worse impulse control as adults. However, even for adults there's hope: while proven trauma treatments CACs offer are more effective when offered to kids, certain treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective at mitigating the damage of child abuse and other trauma years later.
Actress Jenna Elfman eloquently makes the case that there's no such thing as a child prostitute, and that our laws must catch up with the needs of our children.
Did you know you can start protecting your child from abuse as early as infancy? Children are ready to learn key concepts to keep them safe—like self-ownership, trust, and what adults are allowed to do—as early as 12-18 months.
How do our nearly 800 Children's Advocacy Centers around the country help abused kids? This video from our friends at Philadelphia Children's Alliance explains our model.
A Texas child sex trafficking "ringleader" has been sentenced to life behind bars for what authorities are calling the largest child trafficking ring in state history.
Just released: the U.S. Administration for Children and Families' annual report, Child Maltreatment 2014. The total number of children substantiated as abused or neglected rose to 702,000 in 2014. Child abuse fatalities also rose to an estimated 1,580.
As West Virginia--like much of the East Coast--battens down the hatches for a historic blizzard, the state can stand proud of Handle with Care: a program that informs schools when children have just experienced traumatic events and helps them respond to the individual child's needs.
Outside of law enforcement, airline staff are provided with some of the most sophisticated training on how to spot the signs of child sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking. Here's what you can learn from them.
From the science of identifying and treating child abuse comes, perhaps, a better understanding of the human past. Researchers at North Carolina State University have found modern-day forensic analysis of child abuse victims can be used to shed light on how children of earlier cultures were treated.
As we fight the scourge of child abuse fatalities nationwide, special consideration should be given to the work of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services for taking steps to look more closely at repeat severe abuse cases to prevent further abuse and save kids' lives.
Recent revelations about decades of sexual abuse at an elite Rhode Island prep school show that no abuse knows no class boundaries. More importantly, this episode shows why reporting of abuse is so important, and the consequences of ignoring mandatory reporting laws.
Not only are animal abuse and child abuse statistically linked, but children exposed to animal abuse may also be traumatized in ways deeper than previously thought. A new study finds that when children witness a family pet abused or neglected, it can affect their mental health later in life in ways similar to witnessing domestic violence.
West Virginia Child Advocacy Network's maiden post on their brand new blog. The hit Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" explores the consequences of an unaccountable system, contrasting it with today's Children's Advocacy Center model that brings law enforcement to the table as a partner to ensure kids get the help they need.
Good morning! We are co-hosting a congressional briefing with our friends at Shared Hope International on why non-criminalization for child sex trafficking victims is critical to end this practice and heal its victims. Tune in at 10:30 a.m. EST to watch the briefing live and see more resources at the link.
A new study shows that when disabled kids are reported as being neglected—even when that report isn't substantiated—they suffer a greater risk of abuse of all kinds down the road. It's an important reminder to look out for signs of neglect in all children, as neglect in addition to its own dangers is a precursor to other forms of abuse, and that kids with disabilities need extra attention to ensure their special needs are met.
A recent study from researchers at Rutgers University found a connection between childhood trauma and substance abuse later in life. The study is just the latest in a growing body of research that find links between adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, and a host of mental and physical problems in adulthood.
On one side of the street, a teenager suspected of violently sexually abusing a sibling would be under arrest. On the other side of the street, that same teenager could remain in the home with his victim indefinitely. This story out of Fort Hood in Texas examines the strange, parallel juvenile justice system for kids living on military bases.
Good news out of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. An island with a profound problem with child sexual assault, local authorities and nonprofits have formed a task force to roll out a new sexual abuse prevention curriculum mandated in elementary schools but appropriate for children of all ages.