September 20, 2016

POLICIES THAT HELP KIDS

Over just one week in the middle of August, a multi-agency team in LA County recovered eight minor victims of sex trafficking between 15 and 17 years of age in Operation Summer Rescue. The children have since been placed in protective services and are receiving care, however we know they will face a long road to …

September 14, 2016

RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

Mental health providers at Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) work with highly vulnerable children and youth: those who have experienced and/or witnessed abuse, neglect, homicide, domestic violence, and other interpersonal traumatic events. Many children are remarkably resilient, and some require treatment for their psychological and physical injuries. CACs face significant hurdles to helping these children. There …

September 9, 2016

INSIGHTS

It’s the first standard on the list: Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)—the professionals from every field necessary to help a child victim of abuse recover and heal.  Every accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) must demonstrate not only that it has a multidisciplinary team but also that this team’s work is supported by a written interagency agreement, that …

September 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 …