In the Loop
August 2013
In This Issue
Victims of Child Abuse Act Petition
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
Extended Forensic Interview Training St. Louis, MO
Health Care Costs Associated With Child Maltreatment
Resilience Among Victims of Child Maltreatment
The Evaluation of Children in the Primary Care Setting When Sexual Abuse is Suspected
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Upcoming 2013 Training Dates and Locations

Huntsville, AL
September 23-27
December 9-13
Advanced Victim Advocacy Training
Huntsville, AL
October 9-10
Santa Fe, NM
November 5-7
Available Upon Request


The National Children's Advocacy Center was asked by the Office for Victims of Crime to help get the word out about the 
2014 National Crime Victims' Service Awards 
  Each April, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week by promoting victims' rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. 


Please consider nominating an individual or program deserving of a National Crime Victims' Service Award. Nominations are due September 4, 2013.


Ask your colleagues to consider posting a Web ad about the National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period on their Website. Direct visitors to the Web Ad Gallery. Ads are available in English and Spanish. Posting and associated instructions are provided.


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13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 
Dublin, Ireland 
September 15-18, 2013


The conference theme is "Protecting Children in a Changing World" and includes the following 



Prevention of child abuse and neglect through early and sustained involvement. 


Interventions and programs for children and families experiencing adversity. 


Addressing children's rights and participation. 


Reforms in child protection and welfare policy.


Children in and out of home care.


Building the evidence base. 


Contemporary issues.  


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Do You Know?


Which of these is an approach to incorporating the assessment of poly-victimization into practice using the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire (JVQ)?


A. Incorporate into intake assessments


B. Incorporate into enhanced needs assessments


C. Use as a component of program evaluation


D. Use to advance existing basic research on maltreatment and other forms of victimization


E. All of the above


CALiO IQ Answer

Everyone's hard work is making a difference!


Both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees have included $19 million for the Victims of Child Abuse Act in their FY14 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) bills.  The next step in getting funding restored in the final budget will take place when the bill is sent to the floor for consideration, which will take place when the August recess ends.  In order to reinforce how important this funding is, NCAC intends to submit the entire list of signatures for the petition Restore Funding to the Victims of Child Abuse Act to Congress members when they return from the August recess.
The more signatures we have, the greater impact the petition will have.  Periodic e-mail updates have already been sent, but the entire list of signatures will be impressive.
If you have not signed, please do so.  If you have signed, please forward, post, and tweet to others who are concerned about the children in our country.
Joined together, our voices will be too loud to be ignored. 
Together we are making a difference!

Make plans to join us for the
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
in Huntsville, Alabama!
The National Symposium on Child Abuse is the oldest and longest running child abuse conference in the country.   Symposium is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment, including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention, and prevention. 
In conjunction with the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
three dynamic pre-conference sessions will be offered on 
Monday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
New in 2014

Focus on Prevention

The 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse will offer a special Pre-Conference session, as well as additional workshops, specifically designed to address child abuse and exploitation prevention.


Registration Information


For more information about this conference, 

please contact Marilyn Grundy at

Extended Forensic Interview Training  
 September 17-19, 2013 
St. Louis, MO


The NCAC Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) Training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors.  An EFI is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview.    


Training Location               Training Dates
            St. Louis, MO                 September 17-19, 2013


Early Registration Discount Ends August 19! 

Register Now


 For more information about 

Extended Forensic Interview Training 

please contact Sherelle Palmer at


In August, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin,  conducted two board training sessions in Fort Smith and Bentonville,  Arkansas;  and  met with US Air Force JAG training staff at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL  to discuss child abuse response in a multidisciplinary format.  
Chris Newlin also spent two weeks in Australia.  While in Australia, Chris gave several presentations, recorded video segments, and met with officials from many different fields in the state of New South Wales explaining the benefits and roles of multidisciplinary teams, designated forensic interviewers, and child advocacy centers.
NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin along with co-presenter Judge Doug Johnson from Omaha, NE, presented a workshop at the 76th Annual Conference of National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Seattle, Washington, titled, "Engaging Children in Court."  NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele,  delivered a presentation titled, "Compliant Adolescent Victims," at the National District Attorneys Association's training Unsafe Havens II: Advanced Trail Advocacy for Prosecution of Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children in San Antonio, Texas.  
Health Care Costs Associated With Child Maltreatment:
Impact on Medicaid
Child maltreatment is a serious and prevalent public health problem in the United States. Responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality, maltreatment affects children's physical and mental health. Although many health impacts of child maltreatment have been documented, no claims-based study has quantified the impact of maltreatment on health service utilization and costs. This study presents systematic claims-based estimates of maltreatment impacts on utilization and costs for the Medicaid population.  This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Medical.
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Resilience Among Victims of Child Maltreatment
A Bibliography 
Numerous publications have reported on the long-term negative consequences of child maltreatment. However, researchers have also observed that there are children who appear resilient and do not display problem behaviors despite facing considerable adversity or trauma in childhood.  Resilience Among Victims of Child Maltreatment covers a wide variety of issues related to resilience in victims of child maltreatment across the lifespan. The literature covered comes from a variety of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, and education. The publications listed are books, book chapters, and journal articles published in English, 1982-2013. Links to unrestricted publications are provided. This bibliography is located in CALiO under the Evidence Based Practice in the Professional Bibliographies section under the number 27.

CAC of the Month

Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center
Panama City, Florida
On July 20, 2013 the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) hosted a Boating & Outdoor Expo fundraiser.  With boats, live music, dozens of local merchants, and two upscale gentlemen from the hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty taking pictures and signing autographs, a great time was had by all while helping raise money and awareness for the local CAC.  The event was a perfect match for the underwater and beach themed CAC.  Visit the Gallery page of the Gulf Coast CAC website for photos of the aquatically decorated CAC.
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.


The Evaluation of Children in the Primary Care Setting When Sexual Abuse is Suspected 



This clinical report updates a 2005 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics on the evaluation of sexual abuse in children. The medical assessment of suspected child sexual abuse should include obtaining a history, performing a physical examination, and obtaining appropriate laboratory tests. The role of the physician includes determining the need to report suspected sexual abuse; assessing the physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences of sexual abuse; providing information to parents about how to support their child; and coordinating with other professionals to provide comprehensive treatment and follow-up of children exposed to child sexual abuse.  This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publication section under the heading of Medical.
Quote of the Month
"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
- Victor Hugo, 19th Century Author
Submit your favorite quotes to
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New to CALiO this month is the poly-victimization, White Paper No. 2 - "How to Assess Poly-victimization in Your Work: Approaches and Tools."  This White Paper describes how assessing poly-victimization can improve your work and be integrated into practice.  The White Paper may be found in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Poly-victimization section under the heading of White Papers.
Also new to CALiO this month is the article, "Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs."  This article describes the research behind and development of a toolkit that the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program staff can use to evaluate how their program affects the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their community.  A toolkit is included in the article. The article is located in CALiO in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full Text Open Access Publications section under the heading of Medical.