Category Archive

April 29, 2019
Photo showing legs and feet of children sitting on a bench

Every year, Child Abuse Prevention Month pushes us to focus on the ways in which we can engage our communities to better protect children—in the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) world, we say that the shared goal of our efforts is to work ourselves “out of a job.” We combine forces to unify our messages and speak with a louder voice so that everyone will listen. Together, we want to see stronger children, more protective adults, and eng...

February 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 th...

December 12, 2017

Insights

"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 thes...

October 21, 2019
Family time: a woman and girl are smiling as they use a tablet computer together. Photo by Michael Morse from Pexels.

For Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), family engagement refers to the process of family members accepting a referral for mental health treatment, then attending and participating in that treatment to successful completion. CAC staff know the importance of mental health treatment to help children and families who have experienced trauma heal from that trauma.  We also know that there are barriers that interfere with families participatin...

October 8, 2019
A family of four, with a little boy and little girl, walk hand in hand.

The original mission of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) was to improve a community’s response to the investigation of child abuse. The advances in our knowledge of trauma and the availability of mental health treatments effective in reducing the negative impact of trauma expanded the focus of CACs to include helping children and families heal. In support of this expanded focus, National Children’s Alliance (NCA) included access to a...

January 23, 2019
A young girl holding a computer demonstrates how a child could use a computer to interact with a doctor.

RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

The use of tele-health services—providing therapy over a computer—is changing the landscape of mental health and providing more opportunities to disseminate evidence-based treatments to underserved communities. CAC professionals in South Carolina or any state with a large number of rural counties know the many barriers faced by children and families trying to access mental health services. What’s more, families in urban areas also encount...

October 18, 2016

INSIGHTS

What does it mean for law enforcement serving at Children’s Advocacy Centers to go “all in”?  This question comes up often when I’m meeting with or presenting to law enforcement officers (LEOs) or multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). We all have our roles in the MDT response to child abuse allegations, but what about going beyond our traditional roles?  What does it truly mean to conduct a collaborative, team investigation? It’s impor...

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