Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment – including some from Arizona – are meeting this week in Huntsville, Alabama. At the National Symposium on Child Abuse, they are getting the latest research on topics such as trauma-focused therapy, sex trafficking and online exploitation.
Many youngsters are now seen at Children's Advocacy Centers, where they are interviewed by specially trained investigators and receive medical treatment and counseling. Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center, Chris Newlin, says it is less stressful for kids and families to receive these services in a single place.
Newlin says they are seeing a troubling trend – an increase in child neglect across the country. 15 Children's Advocacy Centers in Arizona coordinated about 55-hundred cases last year, most of them involving sexual abuse.