December 2015
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"There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed."
Ray Goforth

National Missing Children's Day
May 25, 2016
OJJDP Announces 2016 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest
OJJDP invites fifth graders to participate in the 2016 National Missing Children's Day poster contest

Nominations Being Accepted for National Missing Children's Day Awards
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. 
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James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship
The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is now accepting applications for the James Marshall Public Policy Fellowship. The fellowship runs from September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017. Each fellow serves as a resident expert in the office of a congressperson or on a congressional committee. This is a great opportunity for post-doctoral scientists who study issues related to juvenile justice.

Do You Know?

In the 2015 study, Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Oriented Organizations: Tapping into Situational Crime Prevention from the Offender's Perspective, results indicated that increasing risk to potential offenders was found to be an effective area of situational prevention.


Register today and save $50.
When you register, be sure to check out the three Pre-Conference Workshops available on Monday, April 4. 
Family Reunification after Child Sexual Abuse: A Road Map - Joan Tabachnick and Peter Pollard
Introduction to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Improving the Quality of the Parent-Child Relationship: Teaching parents the skills to manage their child's behavior. - Elizabeth Brestan-Knight, PhD
Management of Children's Advocacy Centers - Safe, Competent, and Don't Forget Legal! - Nancy Chandler, ACSW and Andrew H. Agatston, J.D.
Keynote Speaker Kim Lear - Tuesday, April 5.
Visit our website for more information on this premiere event.
Are you an Exhibitor at Symposium
Exhibitor Showcase Workshop is a 90 minute workshop that allows exhibitors the opportunity to promote their products and services in an in-depth, informative, and non-sales atmosphere.  Deadline to register is January 1, 2016. Read more


Wrongful Acquittals of Child Sexual Abuse
Drawing examples from a single case, this article examines the ways in which false acquittals of sexual abuse are likely to occur. First, prosecutors may question children in ways that undermine the child's productivity and credibility. Second, prosecutors may have difficulty explaining to juries the dynamics of sexual abuse and disclosure, making children's acquiescence to abuse and their failure to disclose when abuse first occurs seem incredible.  To read this article in its entirety, enter the title in CALiO™Collections search box.
NCAC Out and About
Chris Newlin, Executive Director
Chris spent several days in Stockholm, Sweden in November. He toured the Stockholm Barnahus and then provided several training sessions on Best Practices in the Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse; Best Practices in Forensic Interviewing; Extended Forensic Interviews; Grooming-Making You See and Believe What I Want You To See and Believe; Polyvictimization; and Recent Research Affecting Child Abuse Investigationfor the 60 multidisciplinary partners co-located at the Stockholm Barnahus. 
During this visit, Chris also met with the World Childhood Foundation and presented Multidisciplinary Response to Child Abuse using the Children's Advocacy Center Model that focused on leaders from law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and mental health from throughout Stockholm and included the Police Commissioner for Stockholm.
Chris also attended the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Safer Childhoods Symposium and participated in the Boys and Girls Club of America, Child & Club Safety National Task Force Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
He also attended the Tennessee Network of Children's Advocacy Centers' Connecting for Children's Justice Conference and presented two workshops - Child Advocacy Centers and Sex Trafficking of Children: What are CACs doing? What should CACs be doing? and Ethical Challenges Facing Children's Advocacy Centers: Views from the Big Office and the Board Room in Nashville, Tennessee. Dan Powers, Senior Vice-President and Clinical Director from Collin County CAC in Texas assisted Chris with Ethical Challenges training.
Linda Cordisco Steele, Senior Trainer
In November, Linda conducted Advanced Forensic Interviewing in Arizona. She also presented on Advanced Forensic Interviewing topics at the South Carolina State Peer Review for Forensic Interviewers, and conducted a Forensic Interviewing of Children Training in New York.
Andra Chamberlin, Trainer
Andra presented Forensic Interviewing Presentations at the University of South Florida Seminar in Tampa, Florida.
Karen Hangartner, SRCAC Deputy Project Director
Karen conducted Vicarious Trauma Training and was the Keynote Speaker at the Responding to Child Abuse-Collaborating for Success Conference. in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. 
Deborah Callins, NCAC Prevention Director
Deborah presented a workshop on Six Pillars for Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention at the 2015 Tennessee Connecting for Children's Justice Conference in Nashville.
CACs in the News
Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center
Harrison, Michigan
Photo courtesy of the Record & Clarion
The Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center (NMMCAC) is bringing a multidisciplinary team to the Clare-Gladwin and surrounding rural areas in Michigan. Last month, a dinner was held at one of their local venues to bring awareness to the community about NMMCAC and the seriousness of child abuse. This dinner, attended by approximately 165 people, raised about $17,000 towards the Northern Michigan Mobile Advocacy Center. Read more about the mobile CAC. 
Has your CAC been in the news? We'd love to hear what's going on with your CAC!  Please submit your news to
Child Sexual Abuse in Youth-Oriented Organizations: Tapping into Situational Crime Prevention from the Offender's Perspective.
Self-reported data provided by 23 Canadian adult sex offenders who offended in a youth-oriented organization are examined on three dimensions: 
  1. How to identify potential offenders during recruitment interviews; 
  2. What policies or regulations to implement in youth-oriented organizations to prevent child sexual abuse; and, 
  3. What parents could do to reduce the risk of sexual victimization of their children. 
To read this article in its entirety, enter the title in CALiO™Collections search box.
The Productivity of Wh-Prompts When Children Testify
Wh- prompts (what, why, who, when, where, how) vary widely in their specificity and accuracy, but differences among them have largely been ignored in research that examines the effectiveness of these types of questions in child testimony. This study examined the testimonies of 120 6- to 12-year-olds in child sexual abuse cases to compare the productivity of various wh- prompts. 
Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Training Video
The arrest of a parent can have a significant and potentially long-term traumatic impact on children, including shock, immense fear, anxiety, and anger toward the arresting officers. 
The Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents Model Policy was designed to help law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures that mitigate this potential trauma. A training video introduces and demonstrates the core principles of the Model Policy to law enforcement organizations across the nation.
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