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2012 NCA Report is IN!

Date: September 6, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

The National Children’s Alliance annual report for 2012 was recently released! Not only has NCA expanded CAC development in underserved areas, but there has also been an increase in community awareness and advocacy! The National Children’s Alliance is an organization that advocates and helps communities in providing a multi-disciplinary approach and comprehensive response to victims…

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Advance the Dream for Children!

Date: August 28, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

Today, 50 years after the March on Washington, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made as a society. Since 1963, we have made strides towards what is in the best interest of our children in the following ways: · (1973) Marian Wright Edelman founds the Children’s Defense Fund, a…

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New Law: Who is a mandated reporter for child abuse?

Date: August 22, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

A mandated reporter is anyone who frequently works with children. These professionals can include coaches, clergy, educational professionals, as well as social workers. The new law, which came into effect August 1st, states that these individuals are mandated reporters even when they are not serving in their profession. Although occupation is an indicator of whether…

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Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrom

Date: August 12, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

Last Thursday, Dr. Neha Mehta gave a presentation on Abusive Head Trauma to members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team. Dr. Mehta, who is the medical director of the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, presented to members of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gretna Police Department, Department of Children and Family Services and the District…

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$5,000 Awarded to the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center

Date: August 5, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

Jefferson Parish Council Awards $5,000 to the Jefferson Children’s Advocacy Center From left to right (Wayne Zimmerman, JCAC Board President; Omalee Gordon, JCAC Board Secretary; Yvonne James, JCAC Office Manager; Brittney Bergeron, JCAC Forensic Interviewer; Erika Dupepe, JCAC Executive Director; Ashley Sturz, JCAC AmeriCorps VISTA; Mark Spears, Councilman and JCAC Advisory Board Member; Gail Pesses,…

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Six Louisianian Children Rescued from Prostitution

Date: July 30, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

Six Children Recovered from Prostitution The FBI partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Operation Cross Country–an initiative to rescue children forced into prostitution as well as arrest those who prostitute these children. In total,105 children were rescued and 150 pimps were arrested in a three day probe throughout 76…

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What is child sexual abuse?

Date: July 22, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

“It could never happen to my family…” “Child sex abuse doesn’t exist in my neighborhood…” There are a lot of misconceptions about child sexual abuse. Although we would like to believe that the children closest to us would never be subject to sex abuse, research shows that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6…

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LGBTQ Youth Disproportionately Victimized

Date: July 16, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

Between five and 10 percent of the population identify as LGBTQ, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Research shows that there are disproportionate numbers of LGBTQ youth facing family rejection, victimization and abuse and neglect at home. When LGBTQ youth are victims of violence and family rejection, the likelihood that they will participate in…

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Recent Study Focuses on Effects of Sibling Aggression

Date: July 9, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

I was recently watching an episode of a cartoon in which a sister sends her younger brother forward in time “forever” so that she could continue her life in peace and quiet. This show reminded me of the occasional combativeness I expressed with my younger brother. Who hasn’t wanted to send a sibling forward in…

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Keeping Kids Safe on July 4th

Date: July 2, 2013 Author: jcacvista Categories: Blog

With Independence Day quickly approaching, we would like to provide you with some tips on child safety! While July 4th is an opportunity for the whole community to come together and celebrate everything American with parades and fireworks, it is important to observe safety precautions which can help you and your families avoid dangerous situations….

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