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What bits do what? An international lens on the complexities of the CAC model

Dr. James HerbertDecember 7, 2017
International Views
In Australia, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) have been raised as a way to improve responses to child abuse based on the demonstrated benefits of this approach in the United States. However, there are some important differences between jurisdictions in the U.S. and Australia that need to be considered in adapting the approach. For one, many Australian states and territories already have certain elements of the CAC model in place as part of t...Continue

Reaching Children Through Their Parents

Abi GewirtzJune 14, 2017
Research Into Practice
It’s no great surprise that much of our work in advocating for the well-being of children focuses on, well, the children—how to interact with them, how to help them manage stress and trauma, how to recognize symptoms and identify treatments.However, a large body of evidence shows that intervening with parents to strengthen parenting can have enormously positive effects for the entire family, and that those beneficial effects only grow over ti...Continue

Finding Our Voice

Emily Chittenden-LairdFebruary 9, 2017
Insights
I’m a millennial. It’s a characterization I balk against for all its negative connotations, but thanks to Mom, Dad, and 1983, I am one. And for all the challenging characteristics of millennials, there’s one I find particularly true of us on the older end of the spectrum—an ingrained belief that the bright-eyed, emerging from college versions of ourselves espoused: we were supposed to do our part in healing the world.I was lucky enough to...Continue

Why I Give

Henry ShiembobDecember 13, 2016
Insights
Some might say I don’t fit the profile. I don’t work at a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), or even in child welfare. I’m not a researcher connecting the dots between child abuse and a host of lifelong problems. I’m not a police officer or a prosecutor. I’m not a survivor of abuse. I’m not a therapist who helps survivors get their lives back.In other words, some might ask why I support the CAC movement when I’m not directly affect...Continue

Supporting "Grandfamilies"

Jim Ed ClaytonOctober 27, 2016
Insights
When grandparents raise their grandchildren, there is a new word for it.  It's called a "grandfamily." And the number of grandfamilies is on the rise—up over 30% in recent years. According to the latest census, 8% of children in Blount County, Ala., (where we operate our Children’s Advocacy Center, the Blount County Children’s Center) are being raised by their grandparents.  In some counties, the rate is as high as 19%. ...Continue