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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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