In the Loop
March 2014
In This Issue
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation
Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training
Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare
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Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma


In commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the release of the next four videos in the Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma series.
This series now includes eight videos, accompanying resource guides, and public awareness posters-the most recent videos highlight intervention in schools, innovations in juvenile justice, addressing violence in the home, and a call to action on how you can help a child in need. 

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June 9-13
July 28-August 1
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September 9-11, 
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Do You Know?

Which of the following is not one of the values identified as essential to being culturally adept and maintaining cultural integrity in conducting evaluations in Tribal child welfare programs in

 A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities?


A. Indigenous Ways of Knowing


B. Respect for Tribal Sovereignty


C. Strength Focus


D. Respect for Linguistic Differences


E. Community Engagement 


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 

Here are a few of the things NCAC is doing in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Superheroes 5K/1M & Fun Run and Family Block Party Community Event.
  • "Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations" webinar on April 23, 2014. The webinar is now full, be sure to visit the NCAC website to access the archived version after April 23rd.
  • Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, conducted a press conference at the National Children's Advocacy Center recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
  • NCAC Prevention Director, Deborah Callins, delivered a Keynote address, "Get Ready to Roll Up Your Sleeves: What You Can Do to Prevent Child Abuse," at the 22nd Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Conference in Hamilton, Alabama on April 11, 2014. 
Let us know what your CAC is doing to honor

Child Abuse Prevention Month 

Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation
Child welfare decision-makers at all levels (local, State, Federal, and Tribal) are accountable to a variety of stakeholders for the distribution of scarce resources to improve outcomes for children and families. In this context, it is important to know which reform efforts and interventions have the greatest likelihood of achieving desired outcomes, for which participants, in the most cost-effective manner.
This guide, developed by a group of experts assembled by the Children's Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides support for child welfare service providers and evaluators interested in conducting cost analyses, especially as part of broader evaluations of child welfare services. This guide is located in CALiO™ in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Child Welfare.

In March,  NCAC  Executive Director, Chris Newlin, delivered the plenary presentation at the 5th Annual Champions for Children Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  Chris also presented two workshops: one titled, "Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe," and the other "Poly-victimization: Another Step Away from the Silos." 


Also in March, Chris Newlin presented, "Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations and Prosecutions," at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama.  At the 3rd Annual Northwest Arizona Infant & Toddler Mental Health Symposium, in Laughlin, Nevada, Chris presented, "Children's Advocacy Centers: An Evidence-Based Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Response," and "Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma in Young Children." 


In March, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to Maryland to conduct an Extended Forensic Interview Training.  Linda also presented two workshops at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama titled, "Telling the Story of What Happened: Increasing Children's Narrative Description in the Forensic Interview," and "Working Toward Consensus in Child Forensic Interviewing."  NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin, also presented, "More Than We Know: Poly-victimization and the Need for Comprehensive Interviews," and co-presented with Linda, "Working Toward Consensus in Child Forensic Interviewing," at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse. 

Trends in Unwanted
Online Experiences and Sexting
This bulletin summarizes findings from the Third Youth Internet Safety Survey (YISS-3).  
The YISS-3 asked about three types of unwanted online experiences that have been at the forefront of concerns regarding youth Internet use - unwanted sexual solicitations, harassment, and unwanted exposure to sexual material.  
  • Sexual solicitations: Requests to engage in sexual activities or sexual talk, or give personal sexual information that were unwanted or, whether wanted or not, made by an adult. 
  • Harassment: Threats or other offensive behavior (not sexual solicitation), sent online to the youth or posted online about the youth for others to see. 
  • Unwanted exposure to sexual material: Without seeking or expecting sexual material, being exposed to pictures of naked people or people having sex when doing online searches, surfing the web, opening email or links in email. 
The full review is located in CALiO™ under Practitioner's Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Internet Victimization

2014 Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training,

Challenging Interviews: 

Complicated Children and Complicated Cases 


The NCAC Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training is Not protocol specific, it is designed for any experienced Forensic Interviewer using a nationally or state recognized protocol.


Topics Include:

  • Interviewing vulnerable children living in dangerous environments
  • Interviewing children and teens who have been exploited
  • Introduction and use of evidence in the forensic interview - when and how
  • Narrative conversations with non-narrative children
  • Balancing the need for evidence-based interviewing practice with the needs of reluctant children
  • The role of the forensic interviewer in case planning and investigation


Attendees are encouraged to bring recordings of challenging interviews or complicated case histories to share throughout the training. 


Training Location:                             Training Dates:  

            Providence, RI                                  June 17-19, 2014 


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For more information about Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training contact 

Amy Boyd at 
CAC of the Month
Hope's Place Children's Advocacy Center
Ashland, Kentucky

Hope's Place Children's Advocacy Center in Ashland, Kentucky held their 16th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza. Participants purchased "tastes" of delicious chocolate creations prepared by local businesses, groups, and agencies who volunteered to be chocolate "vendors" for the event. Vendor creations were judged and awards were given by local radio personalities and volunteers. The community also made and donated around 250 specialty Easter baskets which were sold during the event. Baskets included themes such as UK Basketball, exercise, family fun, movie night, and many more! This event continues to be a success and has been a unique source of support for Hope's Place for the last 16 years. 



Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.


Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare
This issue brief provides a succinct overview of protective factors approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, advocates, and other interested individuals understand the concepts of risk and protective factors in families and communities and learn ways in which building protective factors can help to lessen risks for child abuse and neglect. This full commentary is located in CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Child Welfare.
Quote of the Month

"Children are safer when adults take responsibility for 
preventing child abuse.
Deborah Callins, Prevention Director, NCAC
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 What's New in CALiO™?
(Child Abuse Library Online)



New to CALiO™ this month is the "Toolkit for Court Performance Measures in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases."  The toolkit provides detailed guidance about court performance measures for child abuse and neglect cases and offers a general approach that can help dependency courts successfully implement a performance measurement process.  The toolkit is located in CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Courts and Law.


Also new to CALiO™ this month is, "A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities."  The Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroups developed this tool that can be used to create a shared vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and provide a common language for Tribal communities and evaluators as they improve evaluation practice.  This publication is located in CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Child Welfare..


Have ideas or questions about CALiO™ resources? Submit your suggestions for new resources or questions about current resources.