Chris Newlin, MS LPC, is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children. The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC National Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). In these capacities, Chris oversees a staff of 49 professionals and a yearly budget of 5 million dollars. Over the past ten years, Chris has provided training in more than ten countries throughout the world, and at numerous international conferences. Additionally, he provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world. He has worked in both urban and rural Children’s Advocacy Centers; and currently is the co-chair of the United States-Russian Civil Society Partnership Program Child Protection Workgroup; and serves on the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors, the United States-Russian Bi-Lateral Presidential Commission Child Protection Workgroup, the Interdisciplinary Review Team for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, and Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers Board of Directors; is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; and was the 2010 recipient of the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal for Service to the World. Chris graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.
Prior to coming to the NCAC, Chris was the Executive/Clinical Director of Harbor House, the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center in Rome, GA, from 1999-2005. During his tenure at Harbor House, the agency increased its service area to encompass seven counties in Northwest Georgia with a population of 420,000; created a satellite office, the Paulding Child Advocacy Center, in Dallas; and was cited by the NCA for developing innovative technology for use at the CAC and in multidisciplinary team meetings. In addition to his Executive Director duties, he conducted forensic interviews with children from multiple judicial circuits, led the multidisciplinary teams in two judicial circuits was a former board member of the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and former President of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia.