Principle 2: Emotional Support and Alleviation of Fear and Anxiety

October 8, 2018 Uncategorized

This principle is something that is widely practiced at the South Central Child Advocacy Center, especially by our Child Life Specialists (CLS). CLS work with children and families to help them cope with all sorts of challenges. They provide information, support, and guidance to the children, parents, siblings, and other family members . Child Life Specialist, Victoria Isaacson prioritizes providing emotional support and making sure that the child is coping successfully throughout the appointment.

“The child is our main focus from start to finish” -Victoria Isaacson, MA, CCLS, NCC

Principle 1: Continuity and Transition

October 3, 2018 Uncategorized

Continuity and Transition is one of the 8 principles of patient centered care. Victims often worry about their ability to cope after their traumatic experiences. Yale Child Abuse Clinic Forensic Interviewer Leah Smith works closely with these children and their families to make sure that they feel safe and well cared for throughout the entire process. One of Leah’s jobs is to make follow up phone calls with the children and their families to make sure that they are connected and comfortable with mental health services even after they leave the clinic.

“The ultimate goal is to make the child feels heard, feels safe and ensure that child has been connected to appropriate medical and mental health services.” -Leah Smith, LCSW


It’s Patient-Centered Awareness Month!

October 1, 2018 Uncategorized

October is Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month! The SCCAC strives to put the needs of the children and families we serve first.  This helps to ensure that they receive the best care possible! For the entire month of October, we will explore  how different team members utilize this approach.  To learn more check out click here.

Stay tuned!


It Takes Courage To Report

September 4, 2018 Uncategorized


To make a child abuse or neglect report, please call the DCF care line at 1-800-842-2288

Summer Safety

May 22, 2018 Uncategorized

Summer is quickly approaching, check out these tips published by the CDC to help keep kids safe while enjoying all that summer has to offer!

Collaboratives That Can Ease Childhood Trauma

April 13, 2018 Uncategorized

What is a child advocacy center? Where did they come from? What purpose do they serve? Why do children need the services they provide? If you have ever wondered, check out this link to CityLab’s article to help share the story of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Click HERE

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

April 11, 2018 Uncategorized

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

“Exposure to trauma during childhood can dramatically increase people’s risk for 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the U.S.—including high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer—and it’s crucial to address this public health crisis, according to Harvard Chan alumna Nadine Burke Harris, MPH ’02.”

Watch her TED talk HERE


Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section

April 9, 2018 Uncategorized

Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section After Congress Passes Bill On Sex Trafficking

US Congress just passed HR 1865, “FOSTA,” seeking to subject websites to criminal and civil liability when third parties (users) misuse online personals unlawfully. The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, is meant to crack down on the sex trafficking of children.

Click HERE to read more

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is here!

April 6, 2018 Uncategorized

Are you looking for a way to get involved and prevent child abuse in your community? Our 5th Annual Pinwheel Event: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention is on the horizon. Mark your calendars for April 18, 2018 and spread the word.


The Power of a Pinwheel

April 5, 2018 Uncategorized

Pinwheels themselves can represent many diverse topics. Many see them as an instruments to turn obstacles into opportunities. They are also the national symbol for child abuse prevention. During the month of April, community members use pinwheels as a visible show of support for keeping children in our community safe. Have you ever noticed blue and silver pinwheel’s in your community?


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