HomeBlogCategory Archive

Category Archive

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

Protecting Kids When Everyone Has a Camera

Drew FidlerFebruary 28, 2018
Research into Practice
by Drew Fidler, LCSW-C; and Iona Rudisill, LGSW Here’s what you should know about child sexual abuse images and how to protect children from the dangers of the internet.The internet is constantly changing and evolving. As professionals, parents, and people who care about children, the internet and all of its perils present a whole new world of challenges for child protection. This is how prevalent phones and the internet are in children’...Continue

Sometimes, we shouldn't call them victims

Judy CohenDecember 12, 2017
Co-authored with Kelly Kinnish "Don’t give up on your client.  When I first started therapy, I wouldn’t talk…every time, I wouldn’t talk for like the whole hour… some therapists would have given up…""The lady [prior therapist] tried to force things and just wrote stuff down…""Therapists should sit and listen…""What people don’t know when you’re going into therapy… you don’t know these people, you gotta gain trust...Continue

What About Post-Traumatic Growth?

Jenna QuinnDecember 29, 2017
Personal Narratives
My story didn’t begin with me having a voice. It began in the silence and secrets and shame that so many victims struggle to break free from.  And for a long time I felt more broken than healed. It was so easy to see the scars. I still see them. Not as many, not as vivid, but the lines are still there when I look, and there are days they stand out more than others. Being sexually abused throughout my tween and teen years by an adult w...Continue

Stopping Child Abuse in Real Time

Erin MerrynSeptember 14, 2017
Policies that Help Kids
A man in my home state of Illinois will spend the next 40 years behind bars as the consequence of sexually abusing his girlfriend’s daughter. The abuse started when she was just three. Sadly, this sort of tragic story is unremarkable in America. But what is remarkable is how the abuse stopped at age seven.The girl broke her silence immediately to teachers after a class presentation on personal body safety. This presentation was required under E...Continue

Extending Jenna's Law to Trafficking Victims

Jenna QuinnJuly 7, 2017
Policy + Advocacy
The first time I walked into a Children’s Advocacy Center, I was a teenager dealing with the aftermath of years of sexual abuse. The CAC helped my family and I understand what happened to me and gave us hope to get through the process of both my healing and the prosecution of my perpetrator and all that happens in between.Naturally, I thought that was where my journey with the CAC would end. But 3 years later, I found myself returning as an int...Continue

Sustaining an Evidence-Based Practice

Carole SwiecickiJune 27, 2017
Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) have come a long way in the last 30 years.  We have added services and interventions based on solid research—evidence-based practices (EBPs)—all the while maintaining a passion for ensuring that these practices put children on a better path than before they came through our doors. Because the research has come so far, there are now many EBPs to choose from that are tailored to meet specific needs of c...Continue

What Others' Trauma Leaves Behind

Kim DayJune 22, 2017
Research Into Practice
The American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network (2014) defines vicarious trauma as “the emotional residue from hearing other people’s trauma stories and becoming witness to the pain, fear, and terror the trauma survivor endured” (Network, 2014).  Being witness to another’s pain can cause us to see the world differently.  Individuals working with, and hearing the stories of people who have experienced trauma...Continue