The WVCAN Blog.

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

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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Helping Kids Heal

by Susan E. Vlajk, ACSW, LCSW, Therapist at Child & Youth Advocacy Center “Time always goes so fast in here.  It’s so cozy.  It’s really kind of magical”. This is one of the greatest compliments that I often hear from the children that come for their weekly therapy sessions at my office at the Child and Youth Advocacy […]

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Failure

Have you ever looked sideways at one of those quotes about failure emboldened in a hyper-sensitive font pasted on a beachscape background? The paradox is laughable, even if the font is kind of cool. True failure often matters. It’s not just an ‘opportunity to change,’ ‘the place where greatness is born,’ or ‘proof that you […]

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I Grew Up Dreamin’ of Bein’ A Cowboy

By Cpt. Jim Sizemore, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office From the time that I was a young child, all that I ever wanted to do was be a police officer. While other kids idolized movie stars, rock musicians and star athletes, my childhood heroes were Frank Hamer and Lone Wolf Gonzales of the Texas Rangers, Jim […]

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Leadership is a Journey

If I had been asked a year ago about what makes a good leader, I could easily rattle off a few ideas. Reflecting on the leaders I look up to, I would have said a leader is outgoing and people-focused. A leader is someone who delights in carrying an organization’s mission to the forefront of […]

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