Category Archive

On Staying the Course (of Treatment)

Michelle MillerSeptember 27, 2016
Research into Practice
Before I joined the NCA staff, I served as director of a Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as the Director of Behavioral Health for the umbrella agency which was a primary care clinic. As part of my duties to manage the treatment of children suffering from traumatic stress symptoms, I frequently conducted chart audits, and one of the measures looked at the number of therapy sessions clients were receiving—an important measure to consider wh...Continue

Why Does the ‘Evidence’ in Evidence-Based Practice Matter?

Abi GewirtzSeptember 14, 2016
Research Into Practice
Mental health providers at Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) work with highly vulnerable children and youth: those who have experienced and/or witnessed abuse, neglect, homicide, domestic violence, and other interpersonal traumatic events. Many children are remarkably resilient, and some require treatment for their psychological and physical injuries. CACs face significant hurdles to helping these children. There aren’t enough mental health...Continue

A Child’s Best Defense Is Her Voice. Here’s How We Amplify It

Erin MerrynSeptember 23, 2016
Policies That Help Kids
“A guy called Officer Friendly comes to school and teaches us not to answer the door when your parents are not home and don’t talk to strangers. They don’t teach us about people like my cousin Brian. I thought people like Brian jumped out of bushes and attacked you at night.”Those are the words out of my diary when I was 12 years old. For six years of my life I was sexually abused and raped by two different men. I didn’t break my silenc...Continue

The Way Out of Trafficking Starts at the Entrance

Faiza Mathon-MathieuSeptember 20, 2016
Policies that Help Kids
Over just one week in the middle of August, a multi-agency team in LA County recovered eight minor victims of sex trafficking between 15 and 17 years of age in Operation Summer Rescue. The children have since been placed in protective services and are receiving care, however we know they will face a long road to recovery. The terrible toll this crime takes on children is not surprising. One survivor described how she suffered physical and psychol...Continue

Who's on your CSEC Team?

Susan GoldfarbSeptember 9, 2016
Insights
It’s the first standard on the list: Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)—the professionals from every field necessary to help a child victim of abuse recover and heal.  Every accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) must demonstrate not only that it has a multidisciplinary team but also that this team’s work is supported by a written interagency agreement, that written guidelines outline each discipline’s roles and responsibilities, th...Continue

Strengthening the Heartbeat of CACs

Cathy CrabtreeSeptember 7, 2016
Insights
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement is, in some ways, feeling those awful pangs of aging not unlike what we as humans inevitably experience over time. (Admittedly, this might be a factor of my own advancing age!) As young kids our parents make sure we stay healthy—eat our vegetables, drink our milk, get plenty of sleep, etc. But then we reach our teens and 20s and even into our 30s, and what’s happening “on the inside” often t...Continue

Raising Our Voices, Elevating Our Movement

Teresa HuizarAugust 31, 2016
Insights
This movement we’ve built serves more than 300,000 children every year—kids who need healing, justice, and the chance to trust again after abuse. Their families need help to move forward. The members of their community need help knowing how to keep it from happening again. It takes a constellation of thousands of professionals working at NCA member Children’s Advocacy Centers and on the multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) at their core to serve...Continue