In the Loop
November 2013
In This Issue
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
NCAC 2014 Training Schedule
Safe to Compete
NCAC Customized Trainings
Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization
What's New in CALiO
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Position Paper on the Introduction of Evidence in Forensic Interviews with Children

The field of forensic interviewing of children has evolved dramatically over the past 25 years as the knowledge and practice base have expanded to more sensitively integrate developmental, trauma, and cultural considerations into the investigation and intervention of child maltreatment. There are multiple evidence-supported forensic interview models which are utilized throughout the United States, and all of these require the interviewer to adapt the model to the needs of each individual child based upon unique situational variables. Further, significantly more children who were interviewed at Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) describe themselves as being "not at all" or "not very" scared in the forensic interview than children from a comparison community which does not have a CAC (Jones, 2007).  Full statement.


OJJDP Announces 2014 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest


Fifth grade students are invited  to participate in the National Missing Children's Day poster contest. The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with children, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety. 


OJJDP will invite the national winner to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Missing Children's Day commemoration in May 2014, at which he or she will receive an award for the winning artwork.
Submissions are due by February 28, 2014.



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Do You Know?
In a recent study examining possible moderators of the effects of childhood exposure to violence, which of these were found to moderate adverse effects?
A. Peer communication
B. Peer trust
C. Parental acceptance of the child
D. All of the above

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Make plans to join us for the
30th National Symposium on Child Abuse
March 24-27, 2014
in Huntsville, Alabama!

Saying Goodbye to a Symposium Landmark


 The Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville will be closing.  The hotel has served as the base hotel for the National Symposium on Child Abuse (Symposium)  for the past 30 years. Over the years Symposium participants spent many enjoyable hours in Joe's Hospitality Room 

and at the "It's All About You" Band Party. 


While this presents challenges, it also allows for new opportunities. We are working diligently to ensure Symposium participants will still have the opportunity to enjoy these memorable networking events:

  • The "It's All About You Band Party," on Wednesday, March 26, will return to its old home at the historic Railroad Depot Roundhouse.
  • Several exciting, new venues are being considered for Joe's Hospitality Room. The exact location will be announced soon.

Transportation to these new Symposium venues will be provided from all Symposium hotels.  In addition a brand new Homewood Suites will be opening and will be added to the Lodging list as soon as the contact information becomes available.


If you have a story or memory of a Holiday Inn (Hilton) experience you would like to share, please send to



For more information about Symposium, please contact Marilyn Grundy at


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Huntsville, AL
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April 7-11
June 9-13
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September 29-October 3
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June 17-19, Providence, RI
October 7-9, Kansas City, MO
April 22-24, Charlotte, NC 
September 9-11, Salt Lake City, UT

Huntsville, AL 

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November 4-6
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Safe to Compete
An Introduction to Sound Practices for Keeping Children Safer in Youth-serving Organizations
Youth-serving organizations offer a variety of vital services for children and their families, from scholastic improvement to sports programs. Although each organization may have a different mission, they all share a common goal: providing safe and healthy environments in which youth may learn, play and grow. The key to achieving this goal is the consistent implementation of comprehensive policies and procedures. Nowhere is this more critical than when working to protect youth from sexual abuse and exploitation.  However, combining these resources into a cohesive and effective child sexual abuse prevention program can be overwhelming for affiliate organizations and their administrators. 
To that end, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children offers this document as a framework which youth-serving organizations can use to guide the development of their sexual abuse prevention program.  This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Resources and Tools for Child Serving Professionals section under the heading of For Sports, Arts, Faith-based and other Community Organizations.
In October, NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin traveled to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the 16th International Symposium for Child Maltreatment Prevention.  Chris presented an invited workshop titled, "The Roles of Children's Advocacy Centers, Forensic Interviewers and Medical Doctors at the CAC, " and participated in Panel Discussions with Dr. Amy Goldberg on "The Multidisciplinary Team Approach with Child Protection Teams in Cases of Physical Abuse and Neglect" and "The Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Cases of Sexual Abuse."  The Symposium was attended by more than 250 Japanese professionals from medical, law enforcement, child protective services, and mental health disciplines.  There is significant interest in developing Children's Advocacy Centers in Japan.  
Also in October, Chris Newlin participated in the Boys and Girls Club of America Child & Club Safety National Task Force Meeting and he participated in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation National Child Protection Advisory Committee Meeting in Baltimore, MD.
NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele conducted two Advanced Forensic Interviewing Trianings in New York, and a Forensic Interviewing of Children Training in Louisiana.  NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin taught Forensic Interviewing of Children Training in Pennsylvania.
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The National Children's Advocacy Center can bring training to you. Choose from one of our standard trainings or design your own.  Our experienced training professionals can provide excellent training on many topics.  

Benefits of Customized Training Include:

  • Expert trainers come to you
  • Standard or custom agendas
  • Single or multi-day trainings
  • Train your entire MDT at once
  • Collaborate and share costs with neighboring communities

Choose any of our Standard Trainings or, design your own training from a list of Possible Topics.


NCAC's calendar fills up fast!  

Schedule your 2014 Customized Training today! 


For more information about customized trainings and associated fees,
please contact Joy Davis at


CAC of the Month
Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center
Cookeville, TN 

  Making full use of the season, Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center in Cookeville, TN held a Halloween-themed fundraiser playfully named The Monster Ball.   Guests were given the option of attending in costume or semi-formal attire.   The child advocacy center was once again overwhelmed by the amount of support in the community. Monster Ball participants sported everything from spooky costumes to formal attire, snagged lots of great silent auction items at a great price, and danced the night away with some of the ghastliest ghouls in town. 
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
    Children's Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization


The association between delinquency and victimization is a common focus in juvenile justice research. Some observers have found that victimization and delinquency largely overlap, with most victims engaging in delinquency and most delinquents being victimized at some point in their lives (Lauritsen, Laub, and Sampson, 1992; Lauritsen, Sampson, and Laub, 1991; Singer, 1986). The literature in the bullying and peer victimization field paints a different picture. It points to three distinct groups of children: in addition to the children who are both victims and offenders (often referred to as bully-victims or, as in this bulletin, delinquent-victims), a second group are primarily victims and a third group are primarily offenders (Dodge et al., 1990; Olweus, 1978, 2000).  When researchers look beyond the association between delinquency and victimization they are likely to find groups of children who are primarily victims or primarily offenders.  This full article is located in CALiO under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Exposure to Violence.
Quote of the Month

"How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality.  Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people." - Sir John Templeton
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What's New in CALiO™ ?

(Child Abuse Library Online)


New to CALiO this month is the fact sheet, "As a Matter of Fact: The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Academic Achievement."  This fact sheet provides evidence-based research supporting the array of negative educational and academic outcomes, as well as long term economic and psychological consequences that may occur among youth exposed to child maltreatment.  The fact sheet is located in CALiO in the Evidence Based Practice in the Prevention Fact Sheets and Public Awareness Tools section.  All of NCAC's fact sheets are designed to be used as a public awareness tool by any organization, community, or individual.  They may be downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed.
Also new to CALiO this month is "Moderating the Effects of Childhood Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: The Roles of Parenting Characteristics and Adolescent Peer Support."  Researchers investigated parenting characteristics and adolescent peer support as potential moderators of the effects of childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) on adolescent outcomes.  Suggestions for intervention are offered based upon study results. This publication is found in CALiO under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full Text Open Access Publications section under the heading of Co-occurrence and Family Violence.
Have ideas or questions about CALiO resources? Submit your suggestions for new resources or questions about current resources.