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Keep up with the latest network-wide news, and check out recent child advocacy thought leadership from the WVCAN team.

A Day in the Life of a Child Abuse Prosecutor

By:  Robert J. Peters I knew very little about the life of a child abuse prosecutor before my first year of law school. In the midst of reviewing mind-numbing (to me) excerpts of contract and property law, I saw darkness. For the first time, I saw wave after wave of horrifying stories from within my […]

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The Gift of a Different Rhythm

I struggle with this time of year every single time it comes around. The several-week gap as one fiscal year ends and another begins always puts me on edge. It feels like a hard stop compared to the rush that is the previous months – child abuse awareness month, conference time, grant writing season, wrapping […]

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Listening to Lead

By Scott Miller, Executive Director, Just for Kids, Beckley Late last year, the Executive Director of WVCAN asked if I would be interested in applying to participate in the Leadership Exchange and Coaching project hosted by Northeast Regional CAC. She said it was a two year commitment that would involve three two-day trips to Philadelphia and […]

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Board President’s Farewell

By:  Mimi Wilson – President, WVCAN Board of Directors My time is almost up.  For the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as Board President (but never a “bored” president😊) of WVCAN. And as my tenure draws to a close, I feel the future is already in place. Before long, every child […]

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The Whole and the Parts

By:  Karen Hangartner, LMSW, Project Director, SRCAC “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This statement is particularly applicable to the Child Advocacy Center movement. The movement is made up of many moving parts that must collaborate and communicate with one another to effectively support the work of local CACs and multidisciplinary […]

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Of course, you’re an artist

By:  Barbie Dallmann “You can’t draw! You’re doing it all wrong!” Once again, my father grabbed the crayon from my hand, pushed me aside, and demonstrated the proper way to draw a flower. At the tender age of six, I sighed deeply and simply gave up. I can’t do this! And for nearly 50 years, […]

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Expanding our influence

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the ninth in a series of blogs reflecting year-by-year on the history, moments, and people of the CAC movement in West Virginia. To start with the first entry, click here. In 2014, WVCAN began to explore ways […]

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Community-Based Board President

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the eighth in a series of blogs reflecting year-by-year on the history, moments, and people of the CAC movement in West Virginia. To start with the first entry, click here. I know a woman who is brave, compassionate, […]

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OMS Implementation

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the seventh in a series of blogs reflecting year-by-year on the history, moments, and people of the CAC movement in West Virginia. To start with the first entry, click here. How do you hold a mirror to a […]

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