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

Meet Terry Long

This entry is part of a new series where WVCAN is bringing recognition to everyday heroes throughout the state. Each week through the end of the year, we’ll be highlighting a different team member – CAC staff or allied professional working with a center – who is a hero to us and the kids they […]

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Meet Cheslie Beaver

This entry kicks off a new series where WVCAN is bringing recognition to everyday heroes throughout the state. Each week through the end of the year, we’ll be highlighting a different team member – CAC staff or allied professional working with a center – who is a hero to us and the kids they serve. […]

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My Good Name

The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network recently received a grant from Verizon’s HopeLine® program to enhance our work throughout West Virginia. The HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs nationwide. Child Advocacy Centers in West Virginia have long been serving children exposed to violence in their homes, and domestic violence often co-occurs with […]

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The Makings of a Child Abuse Professional Forensic Nurse

By Cynthia Leahy, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Coordinator, Winchester Medical Center According to Google there are about 66,000,000 results for the ‘definition of nurse’. nurse/nərs/ noun a person trained to care for the sick or infirmed, especially in a hospital. verb give medical and other attention to (a sick person). I […]

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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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