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Winning Takes Courage, Persistence, and Perseverance. So Does Protecting Children.

Corey BrodskyApril 9, 2018
Personal Narratives
I was just five years old when I watched the young women of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team file stoically into a shiny arena in Barcelona. They looked brave, strong, and proud. Most of them started training when they were three or four years old, and this was about to be the culmination of more than a decade of sweat, blood, broken bones, and intense sacrifice. I knew right then and there I would do whatever it took to be just like them.I grew...Continue

Reforming and Improving the Child Welfare System to Meet Needs of Children

Denise EdwardsMarch 6, 2018
Policies That Help Kids
On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law the historic and bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act as a part of the bipartisan budget agreement. This landmark piece of legislation aims to help keep children safely with their families when they come to the attention of the child welfare system, and when placement in foster care is needed, it provides an assurance of quality care for children in the most family-like setting appro...Continue

What It Means to Be Rich

Tracey TabetDecember 20, 2017
Personal Narratives
I may live in a city, but I'm a small town girl.  My childhood home was on a dirt road in one of the most impoverished counties in the country. When my daughter was five, we visited and she looked at the old barns and irrigation canals where we used to play and asked, “were you poor?” I told her we had everything we needed—not just because we did, but because I grew up with a complete sense of security. Back then, I couldn't imagine ho...Continue

What bits do what? An international lens on the complexities of the CAC model

Dr. James HerbertDecember 7, 2017
International Views
In Australia, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) have been raised as a way to improve responses to child abuse based on the demonstrated benefits of this approach in the United States. However, there are some important differences between jurisdictions in the U.S. and Australia that need to be considered in adapting the approach. For one, many Australian states and territories already have certain elements of the CAC model in place as part of t...Continue

Reaching Children Through Their Parents

Abi GewirtzJune 14, 2017
Research Into Practice
It’s no great surprise that much of our work in advocating for the well-being of children focuses on, well, the children—how to interact with them, how to help them manage stress and trauma, how to recognize symptoms and identify treatments.However, a large body of evidence shows that intervening with parents to strengthen parenting can have enormously positive effects for the entire family, and that those beneficial effects only grow over ti...Continue