National Children's Advocacy Center

Executive Director

NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin, MS LPC 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 Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). Chris has provided training in more than fifteen countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also 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 serves on the Steering Committee of the United States-Russian Social Expertise Exchange, the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors, the Interdisciplinary Review Team for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation National Child Protection Advisory Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of America National Child Club Safety Task Force, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Research Institute Advisory Committee, the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Member), the Alabama State Child Death Review Team, and the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers Board of Directors; is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, International Association of the Chiefs of Police, 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, and the 2010 recipient of the International Impact Award from the International Services Council of Alabama. Chris previously served on the United States-Russian Bi-Lateral Presidential Commission Child Protection Workgroup and as co-chair of the United States-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program Child Protection Working Group. He 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.

Additional prior experience includes employment as a Counselor/Forensic Interviewer at Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis where he provided therapy for sexually abused children and children exposed to domestic violence, and conducting forensic interviews with children regarding allegations of sexual abuse. In addition, he developed and implemented a comprehensive treatment program for juveniles with sexual behavior problems for the St. Charles County Family Court. Chris also worked as a Therapist/Research Assistant at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children's Hospital – Family Treatment Program, a specialized treatment program for incestuous families where he provided therapy services for sexually abused children, their non-abused siblings, non-offending parents, and incest offenders. Additionally, he provided outpatient treatment for adolescents with sexual behavior problems and conducted extensive assessment of child maltreatment victims as a Research Assistant in “A Psychophysiological Study of Abused Children”, a five-year NIMH funded study which evaluated the impact of child maltreatment on children's psychophysiology.