In the early 90s, this former CDC researcher participated on the team that identified the lifelong effects of childhood trauma like abuse. Today, she works in Atlanta as a professor researching how to address public health by healing children. Read her take on ACEs.
CACs don't just help kids recover from trauma. They help kids help investigators solve crimes. Great story on our member Baltimore Child Abuse Center!
What if you could glimpse the future of your community's children? What if you could do something about it now? Watch and learn from our colleagues at the Baltimore Child Abuse Center about the danger of ACEs, and what CACs are doing to stop the lifelong suffering of abuse now.
Announcing this year's amazing winners for the 2017 Recognition Awards! We'll honor them all in person at next month's Leadership Conference. Do you know any of the winners?
Law enforcement agencies around the globe are seeing a rising tide of "online sex tourism" where children are exploited live over the internet. But as CACs know well, child pornography victims suffer daily right here in the U.S., in every state. With support from Congress and DOJ, we are working to expand and specialize the services CACs offer to victims of child pornography and their unique needs.
Ever wanted to know what a Children's Advocacy Center does? How these centers serve child victims of abuse, partner with the FBI to get justice for kids, and heal communities? See our brand-new 2016 Annual Report, out now.
In an unspeakable tragedy that made national news, a father never found his daughter alive. But in his search for her, he found a new calling: rescuing the child victims of commercial sexual exploitation hiding in plain sight in virtually all of our communities.
35 million children in the U.S. have experienced trauma, and young children are at especially high risk. Learn how policymakers and early childhood professionals can meet their unique needs in this report from Child Trends and National Center for Children in Poverty.
“What the researchers found was that those who gained the weight back were victims of childhood trauma."
In a new photo essay, Urban Institute tells powerful stories of the connections between the services families need and outcomes for children. Children's Advocacy Centers often strive to connect families with agencies and nonprofits that provide supportive housing and other "wraparound" services, leading to better lifelong outcomes.
Across the nation this April, advocates for children are taking their message to the public and to legislators: This Child Abuse Prevention Month, take meaningful steps to stop child abuse and heal the children traumatized by it.
Have you seen blue pinwheels this month? Many of our member Children's Advocacy Centers around the country use them to raise awareness of and funds to combat child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Share a photo of your community's pinwheels in the comments!
Even in the heartland, near where the first CAC was built, the devastating consequences of child pornography and exploitation are making deadlines. As NCA works on new resources to help child victims of exploitation, read what communities in Alabama and Georgia are already doing to serve them.
This National Child Abuse Prevention Month, give some thought to adults still reeling from the trauma of child abuse suffered years ago. We can still do so much through Children's Advocacy Centers to build the happy, whole adults of tomorrow.
Fabio serves abused children and victimized families every day at our member CAC Safe Horizon in the Bronx. What drives him to serve? It's his own haunting memories of abuse at the hands of another child, as he shares in this heartbreaking speech from last week.
Once leaders learn how a Children's Advocacy Center helps children after abuse, the question invariably becomes: how do we build this crucial service into a movement? Ten years on, West Virginia Child Advocacy Network provides an answer.
"When adults in any community work together to ensure that all children grow up in safe, nurturing environments, we build strong foundations that give them the confidence needed to work toward successful futures that will also benefit our entire state."
April is honored across the land as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read up on what you can do as a CAC leader or an ordinary supporter to prevent, stop, and heal the trauma of child abuse.
Childhood trauma can affect children long into adulthood. Researchers found that women who suffered multiple childhood traumas like abuse suffer a higher risk of depression decades later, even into the years leading up to menopause. Fortunately, Children's Advocacy Centers provide trauma healing to children, which can erase some of the damage of abuse.
Tune in now to watch the Senate hearing on "Protecting Young Athletes From Sexual Abuse," new legislation supported by NCA. Olympic champions including gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu—and other supporters—will take the stand to discuss this powerful step Congress can take to protect child athletes at all levels from sexual abusers.
Crime in New York City is down. But not domestic violence. The data led the city to try to stop domestic violence when it starts—in the teen years. Read about the city's efforts to address dating abuse, a pernicious form of abuse that affects one-in-three adolescents and may be hard for parents to track when it stays in the digital domain.
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Children's Advocacy Centers treat children who witness domestic violence the same as children who have suffered abuse—victims of severe, potentially life-altering trauma who can receive treatment to reduce its effects. This Canadian report explores the connections between childhood witness-to-violence and social problems, including homelessness, substance abuse, and even echoing the violence they experienced in their own relationships.
The evidence that childhood trauma like abuse causes lifelong problems for its victims continues to mount—this time, as a key risk factor driving America's opioid crisis. The good news? Evidence-based treatments for child trauma like those offered by Children's Advocacy Centers can heal and mitigate the damage of abuse on children as they grow into the adults of our future.