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Beginning Monday, March 22, the National Children’s Advocacy Center will host its first ever virtual conference. In 2020, the NCAC was forced to cancel the in-person International Symposium on Child Abuse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAC Training Center staff has spent months building an innovative, informative, and most importantly, safe conference. Record attendance is expected…

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When first-time foster mom Julie picked up Benjie, 7, from her DHR social worker, she was pleasantly surprised at what a well-mannered, self-sufficient, and quiet little boy that Benjie seemed to be. Over the next couple of weeks, as she learned more of Benjie’s story, Julie came to understand that Benjie’s behaviors were self-protection –…

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Huntsville, Alabama – The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) saw a 10.3% decline in the number of children interviewed following allegations of abuse in 2020 compared to 2019. This decline is mainly attributed to the initial shutdown in March and April of 2020 when most businesses and schools were closed due to the initial COVID-19…

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Food Assistance Resources Current as of March 18, 2020 This list is for assistance in Madison County (including the cities of Huntsville and Madison). It is current as of March 18, 2020. Availability may change. Please call the food assistance provider before going to the location. Call 211 for food assistance information outside of Madison…

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Author: Melissa Brunner* If you’ve ever considered attending the International Symposium on Child Abuse or “Sympo,” as it’s affectionately called by many, I’d like to share with you my perspective on the conference as a five-time (and soon to be six-time) attendee in the hopes that YOU will decide to make the trip to Huntsville…

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Joleen Heckman barely had time to turn her computer on before the calls began on this Thursday morning. A client needed support navigating the court system. This woman’s boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence, but set for release. Joleen and her team at Crisis Services of North Alabama made sure their client had the facts,…

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On any given Friday, in a large conference room on the National Children’s Advocacy Center campus, you will find more than two-dozen people from various backgrounds and professions with a common goal: hope, healing, and justice for survivors of child abuse. This group includes NCAC employees and representatives from the Huntsville Police Department, the Madison…

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Healthy Families is one of the child abuse prevention programs of the NCAC. Parent support and education are provided in home visits to out target population of first-time parents who are Medicaid-eligible and live in Madison county. Services begin when the baby is born and families may continue until their child begins pre-school or Kindergarten.…

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Huntsville, AL – The National Children’s Advocacy Center is offering a sexual abuse prevention training course for adults at the end of April. The Stewards of Children® training class will take place Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm at the National Children’s Advocacy Center campus on Pratt Avenue. This training is appropriate for any…

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We Want to Hear from You! Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (SRCAC), a program of the NCAC, is developing a video series on the potentially negative impacts of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and vicarious trauma (VT) on individuals and supervisors who work in the field of child abuse. The series will feature interviews with experts…

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