The WVCAN Blog.

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

Birthing an organization and a child

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the fourth 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. After our funding victory in 2008, WVCAN […]

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Making the Impossible Possible

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the third 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. They told us it would take three […]

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Defining CACs

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 4th at the Culture Center in Charleston. This week marks the second in a series of blogs reflecting year-by-year on the history, moments, and people of the CAC movement in West Virginia. To read the first entry, click here. We were a movement. We were a team. […]

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In the Beginning

All movements start somewhere: a place. And that place becomes important to the narrative of the movement. The first child advocacy center in West Virginia was in Hinton, West Virginia, at REACHH. Peggy Rossi had been a leader in her community, and she worked hard to meet the needs she saw. But there was one […]

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Judger Pit

We’ve all been there – frustrated, angry even, at a colleague or partner. You wonder what on Earth is their problem, why they’re acting a certain way (again?!), and really just want to throw up your hands and call it quits on something. All of us in the nonprofit world are human, and we all […]

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

In this season of reflection and planning, we at WVCAN are grateful for 2016 and looking forward to some amazing things in the coming year. Some Highlights of 2016: We were honored to receive the WV Nonprofit Association’s Nonprofit Excellence Award this Fall. We had two centers nationally-accredited in October, bringing us to 100% of […]

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Give from Your Heart

I love this quote by Anne Frank. Earlier this year when flooding ravaged West Virginia communities, so many people gave their time, money, and resources. We banded together as a community should in time of need and knew that we could help our friends and neighbors. We gave a little and gave a lot, and […]

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What I’m Thankful For

When I came into the child advocacy center (CAC) world, I didn’t know much. But I found myself in a supporting, helpful network of individuals and programs around the state that wanted to help me succeed. And when I started my job at the WVCAN (and didn’t know much), I found that supportive, helpful network […]

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Dear Auditor

Do you ever feel your emotions so strongly that you have to write a letter to a person you’ve never met just to get something out of your head and on paper? Like my friend who wrote to the producers of “Duck Tales” after they quit running the show (how could they?!?!)? Or everyone on […]

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Giving hope to domestic violence victims.

By:  Steve Van Dinter, Public Relations Manager – Great Lakes Market, Verizon Wireless One in three women, one in seven men, and more than 3 million children in the U.S. are affected by domestic violence. Recently, I had the pleasure of awarding the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) a grant on behalf of Verizon’s […]

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