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The Business of Child Advocacy

Measuring Success in Addressing Child Abuse

Kristie McKenneyFebruary 24, 2017
How-Tos for Leaders
I’ll never forget the way people used to look at me when I would tell them that we had a successful year at our Children’s Advocacy Center because there was a 25-percent increase in the child sexual abuse cases we saw.  All wide-eyed and somewhat exasperated, their response would sound something like, “More children being abused is considered success?”  Well, not exactly. We were successful because we reached more children. The...Continue

Growing Mental Health Access Through Systems Change

Char RivetteOctober 21, 2016
Case Study
Six years ago, I sat in a room in Chicago with some of my staff, a funder, and a group of mental health providers, contemplating the dilemma we were facing and decided enough was enough. Since the opening of our Children’s Advocacy Center in 2001, we saw a persistent problem: there simply wasn’t enough mental health provider capacity to meet the needs of the children coming through ChicagoCAC for sexual abuse investigations.We had always had...Continue

Strengthening the Heartbeat of CACs

Cathy CrabtreeSeptember 7, 2016
Insights
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) movement is, in some ways, feeling those awful pangs of aging not unlike what we as humans inevitably experience over time. (Admittedly, this might be a factor of my own advancing age!) As young kids our parents make sure we stay healthy—eat our vegetables, drink our milk, get plenty of sleep, etc. But then we reach our teens and 20s and even into our 30s, and what’s happening “on the inside” often t...Continue