Mitchell Kuhlman

March 6, 2020

Child Protector App: Protecting against child abuse

Child Protector assists Children’s Protective Services, law enforcement, attorneys and medical personnel when evaluating children who may have been physically abused. The free app was developed by Children’s Mercy and the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio) through Children’s Justice Act Funding from Texas and Missouri.
March 4, 2020

The “Hit No More” Social Media Contest

Are you a social media whiz? Check out the "Hit No More" Social Media Competition. The goal of this contest is to develop social media materials to persuade Americans that physical punishment is never okay to use—so to quit hitting children.
January 31, 2020

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection Educational Webinar Series

These webinars are excellent resources for learning from experts in the field on best-practices and current topics in child maltreatment
January 21, 2020

Textbook edited by CAST professor Dr. Michele Knox now available

This textbook provides research-based advice about common childhood and adolescent problems that are addressed at a clinician/doctor visit, such as: media use and screen time, educational issues and finding the right school, tantrums and behavior problems, sleep problems, potty training, overweight/obesity, discipline and punishment, typical and atypical sexual behaviors, bullying, and working with parents. It has a great chapter on sexual behaviors that helps professionals and parents understand why and when to be concerned about abuse, as well as chapters on physical punishment, identifying and reporting abuse and neglect (based on her CAST curriculum), and positive parenting, among many other topics.
January 14, 2020

Zero Abuse Project and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Awarded $2.4 Million in Federal Funding

Organizations will Provide Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Prosecutors to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse
December 6, 2019

New Research Concludes CAST Students Perform Significantly Better Than Current DSS Workers Already in the Field

A recently published peer reviewed study on Zero Abuse Project’s CAST initiative found that CAST students were performing as well as current DSS workers in the field and, in more complex cases, the CAST students were performing better. We are grateful for Dr. Jennifer Parker and her team at USC Upstate for their leadership in conducting and publishing this study.
December 2, 2019

Joint Statement from Zero Abuse Project and NJCASA on New Civil Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault in New Jersey

Zero Abuse Project and New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA), along with experts and advocates, released a joint statement on the new civil statute of limitations for sexual assault in New Jersey.
November 12, 2019

Thousands of Catholic priests were accused of sexual abuse, then what happened? An investigation reveals most have become the priest next door.

As thousands of abuse victims across the U.S. continue to search for justice and closure decades after being molested by some of the most trusted people in their lives, these men have become the priest next door. They live near schools and playgrounds, close to families and children unaware of their backgrounds or the crimes they’ve been accused of. In some cases, they’ve taken on leadership roles in new communities, becoming professors, counselors, friends and mentors to children. Their movements are unchecked by both the government and the Catholic Church in part because laws in many states make it nearly impossible for victims to pursue criminal charges decades after alleged abuse.
October 17, 2019

CAST students get hands-on experience

On Wednesday, Clinton-Saunders, a senior family studies major at the Mississippi University for Women, could be cast as an investigator. The role-playing Clinton-Saunders does in the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) program is one of things she likes best about the studies preparing her for her first job as a professional.
August 28, 2019

New lab trains welfare workers who probe child abuse claims

The University of Illinois CAST program features a simulation lab exemplifying the critical importance of simulation training for child protection professionals. Zero Abuse Project has been instrumental in implementing 74 CAST programs across the country, many of which have similar simulation laboratories.