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National Symposium on Child Abuse: New Research, More Teamwork

PHOTO: Chris Newlin is executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. About 850 CACs around the U.S. handled 267,000 child abuse cases in 2012. Courtesy of National CAC.
PHOTO: Chris Newlin is executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. About 850 CACs around the U.S. handled 267,000 child abuse cases in 2012. Courtesy of National CAC.
March 18, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. - Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment are meeting this week in Huntsville, Ala., including some from North Dakota. At the National Symposium on Child Abuse, they will get the latest research on topics such as trauma-focused therapy, sex trafficking and online exploitation.

Many youngsters are now seen at Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs), where they are interviewed by specially trained investigators and receive medical treatment and counseling. Chris Newlin, executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center, the conference sponsor, said it is less stressful for kids and families to receive these services if they are provided in a single place.

"Child abuse - especially child sexual abuse - is not just a criminal justice issue, not just a Child Protective Services issue," he said. "It's that plus a mental health issue - a medical issue - and only by having these professionals work together will we be able to be effective in our response."

Newlin said professionals are seeing a troubling trend: an increase in child neglect across the country. In North Dakota, Children's Advocacy Centers served more than 1,100 kids last year. A majority of the cases involved sexual abuse, with the alleged perpetrator either related to or known to the child.

There are 850 CACs nationwide. They also provide child abuse prevention training to more than 500,000 people a year.

Newlin said the child-friendly setting and team strategy has paid off for county and state budgets, as well as for individual families.

"Using the CAC approach, we have better outcomes, and we save more than $1,000 per case," he noted. "Just by using this model that's more effective, we saved our nation a combined $270 million."

The National Symposium on Child Abuse runs today through Thursday, attracting people from every state and other countries who are interested in adopting a CAC system.

CAC statistics by state are available at www.nationalchildrensalliance.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND