In the Loop 
December 2014
Table of Contents
31st International Symposium on Child Abuse
Forensic Interviewing of Children Training
Child Welfare Outcomes 2009-2012 Report to Congress
Victim Advocacy Training
Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization 2008-2012
Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence: Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive
What's New in CALiO
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Forensic Interviewing of Children Training

Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training

Extended Forensic Interview Training

Victim Advocacy Training

On-Location Trainings
Available Upon Request

Poster Contest

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) coordinates a national poster contest for fifth grade students to increase awareness about national efforts to bring missing children home, and to remember children who are still missing. The theme for the poster contest is "Bring Our Missing Children Home." 

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Accepting Nominations

Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice, through OJJDP, recognizes individuals, organizations, and agencies that have made a difference in recovering abducted children and protecting children from exploitation. Each May, the Department recognizes awardees at the annual National Missing Children's Day ceremony in 
Washington, DC.

The deadline for nominations is 
January 19, 2015.

Do You Know?

According to the 2014 study, Youth 
sport administrators' perceptions and knowledge of organizational policies on child maltreatment,
what percentage of participants agreed that their organization has policies in place that address how to deal with issues related to child abuse?

A.  32%
B.  47%
C.  54%


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Make plans to join us for the
Huntsville, AL
March 23-26, 2015

Five Reasons You Should Attend the 31st International Symposium on Child Abuse

1. Over 100 Internationally Renowned Speakers Providing Workshops on Emerging Issues

2. Kevin M. Mulcahy, U.S. Attorney's Office - Keynote Speaker - Opening Plenary Session

3. Joye Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime - Keynote Speaker - Luncheon Plenary Session

4. Networking Opportunities at Symposium-Sponsored Evening Activities

5. Three Dynamic In-depth Pre-Conference Sessions

The goal of forensic interviewing is to elicit a complete and accurate account of the child's experience while minimizing the introduction of specific information or influence from the interviewer. In order to achieve this goal the forensic interviewer must have specialized training.

Why NCAC's
Forensic Interviewing of Children Training
is the best choice for you.
  • The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure is internationally recognized.
  • NCAC's Forensic Interviewing of Children Training has the only interview practicum day that utilizes actual children for a more realistic training experience.
  • NCAC Trainers are also practicing interviewers.
  • Post-training resources and support are provided to all participants.
  • Continuing education credits are available to all trainees.
  • NCAC was the first Children's Advocacy Center in the world and has trained over 70,000 professionals from 33 countries.
2015 Classes are already filling up!

For more information about Forensic Interviewing of Children Training,
contact Ann Leith at

Child Welfare Outcomes
Report to Congress 
The Child Welfare Outcomes Report provides information on national performance, as well as the performance of individual states in seven outcome categories.  The outcomes reflect a consensus of these groups regarding important performance objectives for child welfare practice.

In addition to reporting on state performance in these outcome categories, the Child Welfare Outcomes Report also includes data on contextual factors and findings of analyses conducted across states. Data for most of the measures in this report come from the two national child welfare-related data systems-the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).  This full report is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
NCAC Out and About 

NCAC Executive Director, Chris Newlin, delivered the Plenary Address at the Connecting for Children Conference in Nashville, TN titled, "Value and Impact of Child Advocacy Centers."  While at the conference Chris also conducted the workshop, "Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigations." 

Chris then headed to New Orleans to participate in the Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center's (SRCAC) Chapter Summit.  

Also in November, NCAC Senior Trainer, Linda Cordisco Steele, traveled to New York to conduct an Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training.  NCAC Trainer, Andra Chamberlin conducted a Forensic Interviewing of Children Training, in Washington, DC. and joined Chris Newlin at the SRCAC Chapter Summit in New Orleans where she presented, "Child Forensic Interviewing: Emerging Consensus Regarding Best Practice."  

Victim Advocacy Training
Who Should Attend: This training is designed for Victim Advocates working in a children's advocacy center. The training will concentrate on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. 

Victim Advocacy Training will include foundational sessions on the dynamics of child abuse, the development and resolution of a crisis, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, and the importance of considering the child's family culture. Skill-based sessions will include crisis intervention, court preparation, and facilitation of caregiver education/support groups.


  Training Location:                                           Training Dates:  

               Huntsville, AL                                                April 14-16, 2015 



For more information about Victim Advocacy Training please contact 
Amy Boyd at
Household Poverty and Nonfatal Violent Victimization

This report presents findings from 2008 to 2012 on the relationship between households that were above or below the federal poverty level and nonfatal violent victimization, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. This report examines the violent victimization experiences of persons living in households at various levels of poverty, focusing on type of violence, victim's race or Hispanic origin, and location of residence. It also examines the percentage of violent victimizations reported to the police by poverty level. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. During 2012, about 92,390 households and 162,940 persons were interviewed for the NCVS. This full report is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
CAC of the Month
Child Protection Network
Bloomington, Illinois
Each year, the Child Protection Network partners with local businesses to create awareness about their efforts to serve children and to collect items for basic needs throughout the year. They do this through their "Blue Kid Tree" program. Beginning in mid-November and continuing throughout December, "Blue Kid Trees" are Christmas trees decorated with blue ornaments that highlight the most common needs of the children they serve. The trees are then distributed to their community business partners. Executive Director, Judy Brucker, explains that the items donated are used throughout the year to make the children they serve a little "less blue". 
Way to Make a Difference!
Contact Kara Watkins to nominate your CAC for the CAC of the Month.
Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence:
Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive
Day in and day out, despite the tremendous efforts of tribal governments and community members, many of them hindered by insufficient funding, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children suffer exposure to violence at rates higher than any other race in the United States. The immediate and long term effects of this exposure to violence includes increased rates of altered neurological development, poor physical and mental health, poor school performance, substance abuse, and over representation in the juvenile justice system. This chronic exposure to violence often leads to toxic stress reactions and severe trauma; which is compounded by historical trauma. Sadly, AI/AN children experience post traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and triple the rate of the general population. With the convergence of exceptionally high crime rates, jurisdictional limitations, vastly under-resourced programs, and poverty, service providers and policy makers should assume that all AI/AN children have been exposed to violence.

Through hearings and Listening Sessions over the course of 2013-14, the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence examined the current epidemic of violence and evaluated suggestions for preventing violence and alleviating its impact on AI/AN children. This report presents the Advisory Committee's policy recommendations that are intended to serve as a blueprint for preventing AI/AN children's exposure to violence and for mitigating the negative effects experienced by AI/AN children exposed to violence across the United States and throughout Indian country. This full report is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.
Quote of the Month

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not."
Dr. Seuss
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What's New in CALiO™? 
(Child Abuse Library Online)

New to CALiO™ this month is the article, "Adolescent violence perpetration: Associations with multiple types of adverse childhood experiences." The researchers concluded from their findings that service providers and advocates should be aware of the interrelatedness and cumulative impact of adverse-event types. Study findings support broadening the current discourse on types of adverse events when considering pathways from child maltreatment to adolescent perpetration of delinquent and violent outcomes.  This article is located in CALiO™ under Practitioners Reference and Resource Center in the Poly-victimization section under the heading of Research and in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box. 


Also new to CALiO™ this month is the study, "Youth sport administrators' perceptions and knowledge of organizational policies on child maltreatment."  Study participants agreed that  youth sport administrators have an obligation to report suspicions of child abuse. There were mixed results regarding how sport organizations train their employees to deal with child abuse, though many respondents agreed their organizations have policies toward child abuse. This study is located in CALiO™ Collections.  Simply enter the title in the search box.


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