2nd Annual Voices for Children BowlThe 2nd Annual Voices for Children Bowl Flag Football Tournament was held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the newly opened Chappapeela Sports Park in Hammond. It was a wonderful day of fun, laughter, and intense flag footbal action. Eleven law enforcement and firefighter teams from Southeast Louisiana participated in this event to bring awareness and education about Child Advocacy Services and its Children's Advocacy Center program. Teams represented were from Hammond Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, St. John Parish Sheriff's Office, West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, Zachary Police Department, St. Tammany Fire District #2, Goodbee Fire Department, Florida Parishes Detention Center, and Slidell Police Department. The day started with the National Anthem sung by Courtney Stevens of Loranger. Hammond Police Department Detective Corey Stewart welcomed the participants and St. John Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre expressed his deepest enthusiam that all law enforcement could come together to support such a worthy service through the Children's Advocacy Center. All were asked to participate in a moment of silence to honor the two St. John Parish deputies who fell in the line of duty. Child Advocacy Services facility companion Hayward was on hand to take photos and play ball with everyone.
After a long day of extreme gridiron playing, Florida Parishes Detention Center took home the Winner's Cup. Members of their team were Brian Kahrs, Zachary Williams, Javon Spears, Kenneth Dorsey, Simeon Benit, Frank Rehm, Tyler Hinshaw, Jarvik Tuckson, and Beau Blaubal. Congratulations to all!
CAS Staff Attend Building Resiliency TrainingChild Advocacy Services staff Joelle Henderson and Rob Carlisle visit Washington, D.C. to participate in a new pilot training for building resiliency in child abuse professionals. "You cannot hear and see the cases we do in our CASA and Children's Advocacy Center programs and not expect to be traumatized! We feel responsible to bring innovative strategies for everyone in Louisiana to build stronger volunteers and professionals to be powerful voices for children," Carlisle said. CAS is very fortunate to be the only Louisiana organization to participate in this new training to result in stronger staff and volunteers. Six teams were selected to begin implementing this new training including Baltimore Child Abuse Center, U. S. District Attorney's Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, National Children's Alliance, National CASA Assocation, and the FBI. The Building Resiliency training is being hosted by the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs and Office for Victims of Crime. "We plan to implement this new training for our CASA volunteers and staff," Carlisle indicated. "Then we hope to involve our partners locally and statewide by offering these new protective skills for dealing with such difficult work. We are excited over the new approach and no longer have to subscribe to 'the longer you are in the field, the tougher you are theory'! If you walk in water you get wet, and the quicker staff realize this in dealing with serving others, the more resilient we will be!" Learn more about Child Advocacy Services and our services at www.childadv.net.
CAC Responds to Penn State Child Abuse ScandalChild Advocacy Services CAC was recently contacted by WWL TV Channel 4 in New Orleans and WAFB Channel 9 in Baton Rouge to respond to the child abuse scandal at Penn State. Director of Clinical Services Joelle Henderson and Clinical Services Coordinator Jessica Oddo were interviewed and explained the process for reporting child sexual abuse. Click on the links below to see the video shown on the news or to read the articles.
Local child advocates hope Penn State case is wake up call
Louisiana law on reporting child abuse