February 27, 2019
Nick Bratvold with Senator Thune and NCA's Denise Edwards in the senator's office, standing in front of flags.

HOW-TOS FOR LEADERS

In some ways, legislative advocacy is like toilet paper: You don’t really think about it until it’s absolutely necessary. You usually forget to include it in your budget, it feels a little funny to talk about in public, and, frankly, you can never have enough of it. This wasn’t how I always felt. When I …

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 …

January 16, 2019
A photo of three old VHS tapes.

When I sat down to write this post, I had just returned home from visiting a child advocacy center after training their team on a new cloud-based video management solution. The CAC I visited conducts more than 2,000 child forensic interviews per year, and my mind was full with all the ways CACs can benefit …

January 10, 2019
Pecos the facility dog lies on the carpet. A little red-headed girl sits with her arm on him, her hand on his head.

POLICIES THAT HELP KIDS

Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.―George Eliot Throughout history, humans have relied on canines to assist in many tasks. Herding, guarding, scent work, and companionship are all duties that dogs have accepted and excelled at. I believe passionately in the human-animal bond, having witnessed firsthand the comfort that animals …