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Membership

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CACW is a membership association dedicated to promoting a statewide comprehensive and multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child physical and sexual abuse, utilizing a child focused model that adheres to the National Children’s Alliance philosophy. CACW does not provide direct services, but works to support the efforts of the individual CACs and their multidisciplinary teams at a statewide level.

Who should be a member? Child advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams, child protection teams and those interested in or involved in developing a child advocacy center

Benefits of Membership

  • Increased access to training
  • Increased access to experts in all aspects of child advocacy center movement, including but not limited to multidisciplinary teams,  child abuse medical examinations, forensic interviews, court preparation and advocacy
  • Accesss to networking with those involved in the CAC movement in Wyoming and elected officials
  • Funding opportunities
  • Help understanding and reaching NCA accreditation of standards
  • Help starting and supporting a child advocacy center in your community
 

Statistics

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WYOMING ABUSE STATISTICS

WYOMING CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER STATISTICS 

  • 657 of children served
  • 442 of forensic interviews
  • 39 medical exam/treatment
  • 260 counseling therapy
  • 140 referral to counseling therapy
  • 209 of children ages 0-6
  • 229 of children ages 7-12
  • 109 of children ages 13-18
  • 327 of sexual abuse
  • 61 of physical abuse
  • 3 of neglect

Among the alleged offenders investigated for instances of child abuse in Wyoming, some statistics include:

  • 112 were a parent of the victim
  • 34 were a steparent of the victim
  • 106 were other relatives of the victim
  • 38 were the parent's boyfriend/girlfriend
  • 107 were an unrelated person the victim knew

NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER STATISTICS

Please visit the website for updated information at http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org/cac-statistics

 

Resources

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Wyoming Resources

Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming
Coordinating prevention efforts in Wyoming to reduce incidents of child neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse

http://www.pcawy.org

 

Wyoming Citizen Review Panel
To review procedures throughout the state, offering summaries and recommendations for improvements benefiting children and families

http://www.wycrp.org

 

Wyoming Department of Family Services

http://dfsweb.state.wy.us

 

Wyoming Sex Offender Registration Page

http://wysors.dci.wyo.gov

 

Wyoming Department of Victim Services
The Division of Victim Services was created by the Wyoming state legislature in 1997 to ensure that Wyoming was doing all that it can and should do to help Wyoming crime victims and their families. The Division is proud to be the voice for crime victims in Wyoming and is dedicated to helping crime victims by developing programs to help them navigate, understand, and participate in the criminal justice system.

http://vssi.state.wy.us

 

NATIONAL  RESOURCES

National Children's Alliance (NCA)
National Children's Alliance is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to victims of severe child abuse. NCA accredited members are Children's Advocacy Centers. CACW is a chapter of NCA.

http://www.nca-online.org

 

Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (WRCAC)
WRCAC provides trainings to support Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) throughout the western U.S. with close associations with the National Children's Alliance. CACW is a member of WRCAC.

http://www.westernregionalcac.org

 

ChildHelpUSA
Childhelp USA® is one of the largest and oldest national non-profits dedicated to the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. The organization provides help and hope to millions of children and adults whose lives have been traumatized by child abuse.

http://www.ChildHelpUSA.org

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1.800.422.4453

 

 

Child Welfare League of America
The Child Welfare League is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen American families.

http://www.cwla.org

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides statistics, information of State laws, publications, resources and technical assistance to professionals serving in the field of abuse and neglect.

http://www.childwelfare.gov

 

National Children's Advocacy Center
To model and promote excellence in child abuse response and prevention.

http://www.nationalcac.org

 

Crimes against Children
FBI's Child-Pornography information site, with links to related resources.

http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/innocent.htm

 

National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)

http://www.childrenshospitals.net

 

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
NCMEC serves as a focal point in providing assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation.

http://www.MissingKids.com

Live Hotline: 1.800.THE.LOST

 

National Center for Victims of Crime
NCVC provides direct services and resources, advocates laws and public policies that create resources and protection for victims, delivers training and technical assistance to victim service providers and allied professionals, and fosters cutting-edge thinking about the impact of crime and the ways individuals can help victims regain control of their lives.

http://www.ncvc.org

 

National District Attorney’s Association
National District Attorney’s Association is the oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors in the world. Its members come from the offices of district attorneys, state's attorneys, attorneys general and county and city prosecutors with responsibility for prosecuting criminal violations in every state and territory of the United States.

http://www.ndaa.org

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Child Abuse and Neglect
Offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities.

http://www.childwelfare.gov/can/

 

Safety Tips for the Internet and Technology

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In today’s world, the Internet, cellular phones and computers allow us greater connectivity to others but they also open the door to potential dangers. The Internet is forever and so is content and photos that are placed there or sent to someone’s cellular phone.

Cyber crimes involving minors do exist in Wyoming. According to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, there were 72 investigations conducted involving cyber crimes in 2001. Of these, 52 involved sexual exploitation of children related offenses. There were 23 arrests made by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Wyoming involving the sexual exploitation of children in 2001. These arrests involved travelers, distribution and possession of child pornography

 

Safety Tips for the Internet

  • Know where your children are going on the Internet by placing the computer in a family area of the household and do not permit private usage.
  • Educate your children regarding the Internet and potential dangers of the Internet. Talk to your children about chat rooms and what are appropriate or inappropriate conversations in a chat room.
  • Know each of your child’s passwords.
  • Know what other access your child has to computers and devices like cell phones and PDAs.
  • Monitor what your child’s friends are posting on Facebook or other similar sites regarding your child’s identity.
  • Enable Internet filtering features if they are available from your Internet Service Provider.
  • Install monitoring software or keystroke capture devices on your family computer that will help monitor your child’s Internet activity.

 

RESOURCES:

Information for Teenagers: Staying Safe While Staying Connected: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed a document targeted to teens about safety tips about using technology from the Internet, texting and social media. http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/staying_safe.pdf

National Cybertip line operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) http://www.cybertipline.com/

   

Child Advocacy Centers of Wyoming is a chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, which equips child advocacy centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals with the training and support to respond effectively to allegations of child abuse or neglect.

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