July 2015
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NCJFCJ/NCMEC Brief for Judges Addresses Missing Children's Resources

This online brief provides information for juvenile and family court judges about NCMEC's missing children's resources.  

Poly-Victimization Article
 from the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reports the prevalence of weapons involved in the victimization of youth with particular emphasis on weapons with a "high lethality risk" and how such exposure fits into the broader victimization and life experiences of children and adolescents


Applications for Multi-System Integration Certificate Program Being Accepted
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy is accepting applications for its Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program to be held October 29-November 4, 2015, in Washington, DC.  Apply by August 21, 2015.

Office for Victims of Crime Awards Period 

Now Open

The 2016 National Crime Victims' Service Awards nomination period is now openView past recipients and, if you know a similarly deserving individual, group, team, or program, submit a nomination by July 30, 2015. 


Do You Know?

According to the report,

First, Do No Harm: Model Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies When Arresting Parents in the Presence of Children,

law enforcement agencies should use a trauma-informed policing philosophy that includes all but one of the following principles.


A. Safety


B. Trustworthiness and Transparency


C. Parental support


D. Collaboration and Mutuality


E. Empowerment, Voice and Choice


F. Cultural, Historical and Gender Issues




The NEW Virtual Training Center is LIVE!  
Be sure to visit our website for details and to register as a new user, to take advantage of over 60 FREE trainings.
September 28-29, 2015

Have you ever felt discouraged after interviewing a child with disabilities?
Would you like to gain insight on how to communicate more effectively with these children? Register today for this class at the NCAC Training Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


October 6-8, 2015

Have you ever had a forensic interview that did not seem to work in just one session? Were your results inconclusive? Was the child too young or perhaps too traumatized to sit through a single session interview? Come and learn an evidence-based model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. Register today for this class at the NCAC Training Center in Huntsville, Alabama. 

For a detailed list of our classes, please visit www.nationalcac.org/training. 

First, Do No Harm: Model Practices for Law Enforcement Agencies When Arresting Parents in the Presence of Children may be found in CALiO™ Collections. Enter the title in the search box.

A new, open-access journal, Sexualization, Media, & Society has been added to CALiO's Open Access Journals Collection.  Under the Beyond CALiO tab.

CAC of the Month

Zebra Child Protection Centre, Edmonton, Alberta 

This centre is one of the first CAC's founded in Canada and has been in operation for over 12 years. Two years ago they took on two new employees, Wren and Fossey who are yellow Labrador Retrievers, and also happen to be a mother-daughter duo. Throughout the past two years the duo have provided comfort, cuddles and confidence to over 500 individual families who have experienced trauma of some form. The Zebra Centre has been very fortunate to watch these two highly trained intervention dogs in action; breaking down barriers, building lasting relationships, and helping to provide courage and strength to children in need. The daily job of these dogs is to provide comfort during intake meetings, forensic interviews, court preparation programming, classroom presentations, and while accompanying children to court during testimonies.


The intervention dogs help outside the CAC. On Monday, June 8, 2015, Edmonton lost a much respected officer, Cst. Daniel Woodall, in a tragic shooting on the west end of the city. Cst. Woodall left behind two amazing children and an army of friends and family. When members of Edmonton Police Services heard the news, they were all deeply and equally impacted, and the reality of the work they do each and every day set in, as they remembered the life of their fallen member. Wren and Fossey arrived at the centre first thing Tuesday morning and instantly got to work supporting colleagues and members of the police service, instead of their normal daily routine. They spent time in many of the detective's offices that day, and in the days following. They were there to pet, to hug, or to cry on.

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Way to Make a Difference!

Share your events and activities with Sue Bartlowso we can highlight your CAC in the next In The Loop.
Quote of the Month

Job training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives. 

Sylvia Mathews Burwell


Please submit your favorite quotes to sbartlow@nationalcac.org. 
Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons Learned from the Defending Childhood Project

Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons Learned from the Defending Childhood Projectreport provides a synthesis of implementation strategies, lessons learned, and promising practices, based on the first three years of implementation (October 2011 through September 2014) at six of the eight demonstration sites.


The sites were tasked with developing and implementing strategies that could include both universal and targeted prevention programs; interventions for children who had been exposed to violence; community awareness and education; and professional training designed to increase the knowledge of children's exposure to violence, trauma-informed care, and the use of proven evidence-based or promising treatment practices. This report may be found in CALiO™ Collections. Enter the title in the search box.
Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Other Types of Trauma in the Primary Care Setting  

For many pediatricians, addressing exposure to traumatic events that could cause toxic stress in their patients is seen as difficult for a number of reasons, including lack of time, complexity of the topics, limited referral resources, and discomfort. This document provides initial suggestions for pediatricians to consider when addressing adverse childhood experiences in their practices. This report may be found in CALiO™ Collections. Enter the title in the search box.

NCAC Out and About
Chris Newlin, Executive Director

During the month of June, Chris performed a National Children's Alliance site review in Idaho. Then he attended the When Words Matter Conference in Charleston, WV and spoke about the recent research affecting child abuse investigations.


At the end of June, Chris facilitated a Board Development and Strategic Planning Session in Arkansas.


Chris and NCAC Grant Program Manager, Alicia Nunez, hosted the NCAC Training Center Exhibit at the NCA Leadership Conference 2015, in Washington D.C.


Deborah Callins, Prevention Director

Deborah attended the annual meeting of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, held in Atlanta at the headquarters of Boys and Girls Clubs of America. About 30 national organizations and leaders shared their latest works and focused on developing action plans for the Coalition's "Six Pillars for Prevention" found in CALiO™. (Enter title in the keyword search.)


Training Department

NCAC Trainers, Linda Cordisco Steele and Andra Chamberlin partnered with NDAA (National District Attorneys Association) Trainers, Sasha Rutizer and Kristina Korobov, to provide Forensic Interviews at Trial Training in Vermont.


Linda also provided an Extended Forensic Interview Training in Indianapolis, IN.


NCAC Contract Trainer, Betsy Goulet provided Victim Advocacy Training in New York.

A Special Guest from Brazil 
Meet Jean Von Hoherdorff
Jean visited the NCAC for a week in June to learn more about the CAC model.  His hope is to share his findings back home in Brazil.

He is a doctorate student at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre. He has been in the United States since February and leaves to return to Brazil in August. Jean is working on a research project (Boys as Victims of Sexual Abuse) and taking classes at
the University of Alabama during his six month visit as an exchange student.

Jean has his 
undergraduate degree in Psychology and has spent the last 6 years getting his Masters degree and now his Doctorate degree.  Jean spent time with all areas of NCAC and even sat in on a Multidisciplinary Team meeting. 
Understanding Sexual Behavior Problems

"As a Matter of Fact" is a series of fact sheets that discusses key research findings on the importance of child abuse prevention. Children with Sexual Behavior Problems is one of the five in a series published by NCAC. You may also visit CALiO™ and use the keyword search feature to locate more information on this topic.


Another resource for parents, teachers, school counselors, social workers, police or anyone that wants to understand sexual behavior problems in children is written by Toni Cavanagh Johnson Ph.D

The National Children's Advocacy Center models, promotes and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.