“Forensic Interviewing Best Practices” – White Paper

NCAC is very excited to announce the release of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Bulletin,  “Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices” which has more widely been known over the past several years as the “Forensic Interviewing White Paper”. This collaborative project brought together trainers representing many of the leading Forensic Interview training programs [...] read more

On October 16th, 2015

ChildFirst PA Update

ChildFirst Pennsylvania is nationally recognized forensic interviewer and multi-disciplinary investigative team (MDIT) training. It designed to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of child abuse while teaching how to place the Child first ahead of all else. The national ChildFirst program began over 12 years ago as the vision of Victor Vieth of the National Child [...] read more

On October 7th, 2013

Armstrong starts ChildFirst training

Participants it the ChildFirst program in Armstrong County are, (from left to right), Michael Kapustik, Pennsylvania State Police; Kylie Simmons, Shelly Boback and Jackie Peters, CYF Caseworkers; Sheree Shafer, Children’s Community Pediatrics; Scott Andreassi, district attorney; Robin Davis, county detective/DA’s office; and Jo Ellen Bowman, HAVIN.   KITTANNING – Armstrong County is putting its children [...] read more

On March 27th, 2013

Top Stories Child First Program teaches officials how to communicate with child victims of sex abuse

It’s called the Child-First Program. It’s a class for those who deal with children, who are victims of crimes, and how to effectively communicate with them. Investigators and detectives were in a Derry Township classroom on Thursday, to learn how to best communicate with children, who are victims of heinous crimes. Adams County District Attorney, [...] read more

On March 15th, 2013

Child advocacy centers should get money from the NCAA’s fine on Penn State

A hefty share of the NCAA’s $60 million fine against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal should be to pumped into child advocacy centers to help abuse victims, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick III said Thursday. He made that proposal during a program at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Derry [...] read more

On March 14th, 2013

ChildFirst Press Conference : 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey

The Pennsylvania State Police and PA Children and Youth Solicitors Association will hold a press briefing at 11 a.m., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The presentation will highlight the ChildFirst training program which is being held at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey from March 11-15. read more

On March 13th, 2013

Interview Techniques Section Added to Our Site

Under the resources tab in the navigation menu we have added a section for Interview Techniques. There are multiple videos posted on correct and incorrect methods of interviewing juveniles. Click here to view videos. read more

On October 23rd, 2012

Pa. lawyers launch child abuse reporting ed effort

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania lawyers are teaming up to educate the public about reporting suspected child abuse. The state bar association and 36 county bar associations announced a campaign Monday that focuses on the Child Protective Services Law and how people can alert authorities to suspected abuse. They’re spreading the word about the state-run ChildLine [...] read more

On October 3rd, 2012

Public education campaign begins on how to report child abuse

The Pennsylvania Bar Association launched a public education campaign Monday, focusing on the right steps to take when it comes to reporting child abuse. The campaign is aimed at showing what’s expected under the Pennsylvania child protective services law. Under the law, adults working with children must report suspected child abuse or they could face [...] read more

On October 3rd, 2012

Pennsylvania Bar Association launches public education campaign about reporting suspected child abuse

Thirty-four children died in Pennsylvania last year from child abuse, and more than 3,400 cases of reported child abuse were substantiated. A total of 24,378 cases of suspected abuse were reported. Those statistics along with the high-profile case of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse conviction shine the light on this problem and the need to [...] read more

On October 3rd, 2012