Newsletter

March 2021

 

Children's Advocacy Center Day at the State Capitol

The South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers will be celebrating the 10th Annual Children's Advocacy Center day on April 7th, 2021. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the press conference with the Attorney General and the awards ceremony will be broadcast via livestream on our website, facebook page, and other social media outlets. We will also have a short awards ceremony after the press conference to recognize leaders in the response to child abuse in South Carolina. The event will last about 30 minutes.

We will certainly miss seeing many of you at the press conference. We hope you can join us on livestream for the press conference, awards, and exciting updates regarding the work of Children's Advocacy centers in South Carolina.

Visit the Livestream Page
 
Save the Date: Midlands Gives Day is Tuesday, May 4th!

SCNCAC is participating in Midlands Gives through the Central Carolina Community Foundation, which will take place on May 4, 2021. 

This month, we will be setting up customizable "Champion Page" templates that can be used by our supporters to raise money and awareness of the impact of child abuse in South Carolina. Those monies will go towards our efforts in supporting Children's Advocacy Centers and the over 10,000 children helped by South Carolina Children's Advocacy Centers each year. More information about how you can help will be coming soon. 

Early giving opens up on April 1, 2021! 

Visit SCNCAC Midlands Gives
 
South Carolina Legislative Update

On 3/16/21 by a vote of 41-0, the Senate gave second reading to S.229, the SC Child Abuse Response Protocol Act. On 3/17/21, after a third reading on the Senate floor, the Senate, by unanimous consent, passed the South Carolina Child Abuse Response Protocol Act. We are thankful for all of our supporters who reached out to Senators to let them know how important this bill is for kids.

The Bill will now be sent to the House well before the session’s crossover deadline of April 8. We will work for a hearing in House Judiciary as soon as the House completes its work on the budget. We look forward to working with Legislators and supporters as the bill moves through the House process.

Federal Legislative Update
On March 17th, The House passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act by a 384 to 38 vote. The VOCA Fix Act now moves onto the Senate and we will be pushing for quick action to get it passed and signed into law. Both of our South Carolina Senators have signed on as cosponsors of the bill. Senator Lindsey Graham was one of the original cosponsors of the bill and just recently, Senator Tim Scott signed on as a cosponsor as well. We are thankful for all of you who called your House Representatives to ask then to support the bill. Your efforts truly helped to get this bill passed in the House. We are looking forward to the Senate taking up this bill as soon as possible.

Use the links below to learn more about the SC Child Abuse Response Protocol or the VOCA Fix efforts.

SC Child Abuse Response Protocol
VOCA Call to Action
 

Upcoming Initial Victim Service Provider Training

SCNCAC is providing a virtual Initial VSP training this month. This twenty-four-hour long training, which includes all requirements for South Carolina's Victim Advocacy training, is provided for CAC Family & Victim Advocates and MDT Advocates. 

The dates for the training include: March 15th-19th 8am-12pm each day. Our next Initial Victim Service Provider training will take place the week of October 18th. Topics include: Review and practice of communication skills, Trauma-informed care, Cultural Competency, Crisis intervention or de-escalation, develop strategies to overcome barriers through motivational interviewing, ethics, identify roles of different VSP/Advocates, Identify resources and referrals, discuss strengths, limitations, and possible overlap or conflicting roles of different VSPs, partner and collaborate with other agencies to meet the needs of victims with special needs/considerations, SC Victims Rights and Statues, Crime victim compensation, Criminal justice system and court procedures, introduction to vicarious trauma for victim services, our historical foundations, the Medical Exam, and CAC data systems and utilizing statistics. Learn more about the VSP training by using the link below. 

Initial VSP Training
 

SCNCAC Connect

Late last year we developed a new section of our website to assist child abuse professionals. SCNCAC Connect is a professional networking tool that is designed to connect Children's Advocacy Center and Multidisciplinary Team professionals.

SCNCAC Connect compliments our CAC/MDT eLearning system to connect CAC/MDT professionals with a community of their peers across South Carolina. MDT members can ask questions, post documents, and engage in focused online discussions. If you are a CAC staff member or a multidisciplinary team professional with one of our CACs, you can use the link below for more information on how to connect. 

SCNCAC Connect
 

Forensic Interview Peer Review

In response to COVID-19, SCNCAC began offering virtual Peer Review last year. We plan to continue virtual Peer Review through at least the first half of 2021. 

We are also planning to evaluate future opportunities for in-person Peer Review. SCNCAC completed its first quarter Forensic Interviewer Peer Review sessions last month. Over 45 Forensic Interviewers participated in our virtual Peer Review. The topic for this quarter was Virtual Forensic Interviewing and considerations for quality interviewing opportunities. Second quarter virtual Peer Review will begin in late April. Use the link below to learn more about the forensic interview peer review program.

Forensic Interview Peer Review
 

TF-CBT Training in the Carolinas

The Children's Advocacy Centers of North Carolina (CACNC) and the South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers (SCNCAC) are collaborating on a project to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training to CAC associated therapists in North Carolina and South Carolina. This training was made possible by a grant from the Duke Endowment.

All the registrants are required to complete the online web course TF-CBT Web 2.0 prior to the first virtual training session. Training Cohort 1 began on March 10th and there are a total of 7 training sessions with the last one on May 28th. This training will be a crucial part of our continued response to the the COVID pandemic. A portion of this training is devoted to providing TF-CBT services via a Telehealth format to better serve children and families during this and any future social distancing requirements.  We are thankful to the Duke Endowment for partnering with us to provide critical services to children and families in need.

Upcoming Events

Due to the ongoing COVID situation in South Carolina, we have made the

decision to continue to have all of our scheduled meetings and trainings on a virtual platform for at least the first 6 months of this year. Any trainings or events that cannot be hosted virtually will be scheduled later this year or in 2022.

You can use the events calendar link below to check on upcoming events. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to add an event to our list.

EVENTS CALENDAR

South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers
1300 Pickens Street, Suite 158, Columbia, SC 29208
803-576-7250  I  www.cac-sc.org

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, you can unsubscribe at any time using the link below. However, if you are a CAC/MDT member or Board Member, this will also unsubscribe you from all membership updates, member notices, or Board Member update emails.