In the Loop
May 2014
In This Issue
31st National Symposium on Child Abuse
Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training
The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect
Talking with Parents about Children's Sexual Behaviors
Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training
Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Brief for Researchers
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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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Do You Know?
True or False?

According to NatSCEV findings, children with physical disabilities are more likely to suffer from poly-victimization than children with internalizing disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or PTSD. 


Make plans to join us for the 
in Huntsville, AL!
March 23-26, 2015 
This multidisciplinary conference offers numerous networking opportunities and more than 130 workshops presented by outstanding professionals from all facets of the child maltreatment field. 
Deadline to submit applications to present a workshop at the 
31st National Symposium on Child Abuse
June 13, 2014.
Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to enhance your courtroom skills with

Forensic Interviews at Trial: 
Preparation and Presentation Training 
brought to you by the National Children's Advocacy Center and 
National District Attorneys Association.
Only $99 per person
Child forensic interviewers and prosecutors face critical issues when defending a forensic interview in court. Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training focuses on helping interviewers and prosecutors work together as a team to strategically present and defend the forensic interview.  The forensic interviewing faculty includes nationally-recognized experts who are also practicing forensic interviewers and the prosecutor faculty includes senior attorneys from the National District Attorneys Association.
This two-day training is designed specifically for teams of forensic interviewers and prosecutors. Both will be required to register. Once one team member has registered, the registration will be placed on hold until the teammate has also registered.  Up to two forensic interviewers per one prosecutor is allowed.
                  Training Location                      Training Dates
                Huntsville, AL                           July 8-9, 2014
For more information about 
Forensic Interviews at Trial: Preparation and Presentation Training
 please contact Ann Leith at

The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect

Implications for Policy and Practice
Researchers have long recognized that maltreatment has adverse effects on children's mental health and academic achievement. These studies identify potential mechanisms by which maltreatment increases risk for poor mental and physical health and poor school performance by affecting systems that subserve memory, attention, the response to stress, and inflammation.  The findings highlight the importance of broadening the scope of child welfare beyond child protection to include child well-being.  
In working with the family, such efforts could potentially reduce the risk of re-victimization which commonly jeopardizes long-term gains in child well-being. This full report 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.

In April,  NCAC  Executive Director, Chris Newlin, delivered the plenary presentation at the 2014 West Virginia Child Abuse Network Conference, in Morgantown, WV, titled, "Value and Impact of the Children's Advocacy Center Model."  Chris also presented the workshops, "Best Practices When Investigating Multi-victim Child Abuse Cases," and "Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe," at the 6th Annual Bivona Summit on Child Abuse in Rochester, NY.  
Chris also traveled to St. Charles, MO to present the workshops, "What They Can Tell Us and What We Need: The Intersection of Children's Abilities to Disclose and the MDT's Need for Information," and, "Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe," at the 10th Annual Interventions Conference.


Also in April, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange held a press conference at the NCAC for Crime Victims' Rights Week and spoke about the positive impact of child advocacy centers and multi-disciplinary teams.
In April, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to Charlotte, NC to conduct Extended Forensic Interview Training.  Linda also conducted Forensic Interviewing of Children Training in New York, NY.  NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin, presented a workshop at the One Loud Voice conference in Jackson, MS titled, "Poly-victimization and the Need for a Comprehensive Interview."  Andra also presented four workshops at the MINCA 4th Annual MDT Professional Development Conference in Traverse City, MI.


Talking with Parents about Children's Sexual Behaviors
Bringing up concerns about a child's sexual behavior to his or her parents may feel awkward and even scary, but when you become aware of a child engaged in unhealthy sexual activity, it's time for action steps. Parents who can work together and communicate concerns they have about children are setting the stage for a safer and healthier environment for all children involved. 
This tool assists parents with tips for beginning and ending the conversations, as well as helpful tips on what should and should not be said.  This publication is located in CALiO™ under Practitioner's Reference and Resource Center in the Resources and Tools for Child Serving Professionals section under the heading of For Child Welfare Professionals.


The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are collaborating to discuss the important elements of the NICHD Forensic Interview Protocol and adaptations of the NICHD Protocol made within the NCAC's Child Forensic Interview Structure for reluctant, young, and/or cognitively or linguistically challenged children. 


Learn how these adaptations may be useful for interviewers using the NICHD or NCAC protocol or another narrative interview approach.  



                 Training Location                     Training Dates

                                      Huntsville, AL                            August 5-6, 2014


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CAC of the Month
Child Advocacy Center
Gainesville, Florida


On April 13, Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville, FL held the 3rd annual Gainesville Duck Derby and Family Fun Day. In addition to the Fun Run, food, games, and activities there was a rubber duck race featuring as many as 5,000 rubber ducks. Racers purchased a duck and routed for it to be the first to cross the finish line for the grand prize of $1,000. The event continues to be a huge success and a fun and unique way for the Child Advocacy Center to raise money and increase awareness. 



Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth:
A Brief for Researchers
A growing body of evidence suggests that protective factors "buffer" the effects of risk exposure and, importantly, may help individuals and families negotiate difficult circumstances and fare better in school, work, and life. Focusing on protective factors offers a way to track child and adolescent development by increasing resilience in the short term and contributing to the development of skills, personal characteristics, knowledge, relationships, and opportunities that offset risk exposure and contribute to improved well-being and positive outcomes in the long term. 
This brief reviews the importance of protective factors in working with the in-risk populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). It was prepared by Development Services Group, Inc., for ACYF and is located in CALiO™ in the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Full-Text Open-Access Publications section under the heading of Research.
Quote of the Month

"The most sophisticated people I know, inside they're all children.  We never really lose a certain sense 
we had when we were kids." 
Jim Henson
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 What's New in CALiO™?
(Child Abuse Library Online)



New to CALiO™ this month is the project "Integrating Crime Victims' Issues into College and University Curricula."  The project is designed to broaden students' awareness of crime victims' issues and knowledge of appropriate responses. The approach is based on the premise that by adding a victim issues component to existing courses and programs victim issues will obtain a new level of prominence in university and college curricula. The project website may be accessed through CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Resources from Other Agencies.


Also new to CALiO™ this month is the White Paper, "Poly-victimization among Children with Disabilities."  This White Paper describes how poly-victimization is associated with different types of childhood disabilities. Implications for assessment and intervention are discussed. This White Paper is located in CALiO™ under the Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the  Poly-victimization section under the heading of White Papers & Summaries.


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