The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.
The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals
informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight
best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals
from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology,
public health and prevention in the U.S.
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2004 Number 2
Multidisciplinary teams began to emerge as a best practice for investigating child sexual abuse in the mid- 1980s (CAG, 2000; CDSS, 2003; Pence & Wilson, 1994; OVC, 1997). As time passed, the lessons and successes of team investigation led many communities to extend the team model to all forms of serious child abuse.
Last summer, President Bush signed the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act, which included reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). With the juggling of funds for various forms of the bills, we saw about $7 million in cuts in discretionary grants as well as increases of about $2 million.
The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.
The APSAC Forensic Interview Clinic is one of the very first 40-hour child interview training programs established in the United States, starting in April 1997 at the University of Michigan. There were seven clinics held from that date until 2000. In 2002, the Clinics were updated and revised, in response to requests from Kentucky and Florida, under the leadership of Jon Conte, Patti Toth, and Melissa McDermott-Steinmetz-Lane. Leaders in the field of child abuse investigation, including Thomas D. Lyon, Karen Saywitz, Anne Graffam Walker, Lisa Fontes, Donna Pence, and Deborah Davies, wrote the current curriculum, which is constantly reassessed and revised. There are four Clinics scheduled for 2004.