News & Events

May 21, 2019

DCFS simulation gives inside look at challenges investigators face

One of the jobs that the Department of Children and Family Services is tasked with is making sure children are safe. In order to do this job, DCFS investigators have to enter the homes of people accused of horrible crimes.
May 19, 2019

September 23 – 27, 2019 – Coral Springs, Florida – ChildFirst® National Course

ChildFirst® is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent, investigative interview of a child abuse victim using the ChildFirst® Protocol.
May 14, 2019

Governor signs bill easing limit on sex abuse lawsuits

The legislation allows child victims to sue up until they turn 55 or within seven years of their first realization that the abuse caused them harm. The current statute of limitations is age 20 or two years after first realizing the abuse caused harm.
April 24, 2019

Nearly 8,000 Boy Scout Leaders Have Been Accused of Sexual Abuse Since 1944, Researcher Found

The Boy Scouts have kept files going back decades showing that nearly 8,000 volunteers have been excluded from the organization because they had been accused of sexually abusing children, according to a review by an expert on child sexual abuse.
April 1, 2019

When Maryland gave abuse victims more time to sue, it may have also protected institutions, including the Catholic Church

Two years ago, Maryland lawmakers made it easier for adults sexually abused as children to sue institutions that harbored predators. They may have also irreversibly granted some immunity to the Catholic Church. A provision tucked into a 2017 law now stands in the way of Maryland joining a nationwide effort to bring justice to victims who come to terms with childhood abuse when they reach middle age and, for decades, have had no recourse in civil courts.
March 18, 2019

4th Annual Running HOME for Jacob

HOME stands for Hope for Our Missing and Exploited, and encompasses the belief that every day we do our work, we get a little bit closer to building a world that is worthy of its children.
March 12, 2019

R. Kelly, Michael Jackson and the Lingering Questions About Child Sex Abuse Cases

The explosive documentaries “Leaving Neverland” and “Surviving R. Kelly” have reignited a national conversation about child sex abuse.
February 22, 2019

Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules

Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by wealthy New York hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
February 20, 2019

Governor Cuomo Signs The Child Victims Act

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed the Child Victims Act into law. This historic legislation allows survivors a pathway to justice to help ensure that those who sexually abuse children are held accountable.
February 2, 2019

March 21st, 2019 – From Trauma To Resilience: Comprehensive Trauma-Informed Care Training

Studies have shown that adverse childhood experiences and traumatic events can have a lasting, negative impact on a person’s health and well-being. This established training is designed to help you develop the unique skillset needed to support individuals who have experienced adverse childhood experiences and traumatic events.