Thank you for attending our 12th Annual CACGA “One Team” Conference in awesome Athens, Georgia! We appreciate you being there, and most importantly for doing all you do for children and families in our communities. We look forward to seeing you at our 13th Annual CACGA “One Team” Conference in 2019!
The 12th Annual CACGA “One Team” Conference: The Multidisciplinary Team Response to Child Abuse and Neglect
Keynote Speaker: Amy Cunningham
Dates: October 15 – 16, 2018
Place: The Classic Center – Athens, GA
We just want to thank all of our sponsors, vendors, national expert speakers and especially the incredible 280 One Team ’17 conference attendees that helped make this year’s conference a huge success. And we give a special shout-out to all who serve Georgia’s children and families every single day. See you all next year. It was a blast!#OneTeam2018
Kevin McNeil is a Special Victims Detective, author, educator, and motivational speaker. Throughout his 18-year career as a law enforcement officer and detective, Kevin has testified in court as an expert witness and is responsible for putting together numerous cases for prosecution against sex offenders. Kevin has investigated and solved several high profile media cases; including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases.
His years of experience as a police officer and detective allow him to consult with local law enforcement agencies as well as Child Advocacy Centers, hospitals, school systems and state family protective service agencies. He helps agencies measure the effects of abuse, and educates the general public on how to recognize and report abuse to the proper authorities. Kevin’s passion is to educate the world on the effects of abuse and how it can be eradicated from our culture.
Detective Kevin McNeil presents a motivating and compelling presentation on why helping abuse victims is more than just a job; it is a calling. This presentation will highlight why your job is more than just something you get paid to do but is a unique call to service. Part of Kevin’s presentation highlights the importance of providing a space for victims to talk about their abuse in a friendly supportive environment such as the child advocacy center. He demonstrates how neuroscience confirms that talking about abuse in a supportive environment increases the chances of victims recovering from their abuse; enabling them to live healthy lives. You will see how forensic interviews are changing lives and giving parents reassurance they are not alone. [Read more…]
“Child Abuse Records Protection Act” signed into law
Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 725, the “Child Abuse Records Protection Act” on April 27th. This critical legislation will prevent the unauthorized disclosure of child abuse records. CACGA championed the legislation that was introduced by Rep. Wes Cantrell and joined the Governor for the signing of this bill.
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“THANK YOU!! Thank you for all who participated in our 10th Annual “One Team” Conference on November 3-4, 2016. The speakers, sponsors, vendors and more than 260 participants made it a wonderful success.
See you next year for our two day One Team Conference on October 26-27, 2017 in Savannah.
The 9th Annual CACGA “One Team” Conference: The MDT Response to Child Abuse & Neglect
Keynote Speaker Announced!
CACGA is excited to announce its keynote speaker for its 9th Annual “One Team” Conference: The MDT Response to Child Abuse & Neglect, in Macon, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
Kevin Mulcahy is a survivor of child sexual abuse. He works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, Michigan and serves as Chief of the General Crimes Unit. As Chief, he oversees the Project Safe Childhood program, as well as supervising gun, drug, and other federal prosecutions. For his own caseload, Kevin focuses on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant PSC prosecutions.
Kevin has been a prosecutor for 13 1/2 years, all on the federal level, with the first 3 1/2 years as an AUSA in San Diego, and the rest in Detroit. Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law. He has 3 kids, 2 cats, 1 dog, and a very nice wife.
The Keynote presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands of his soccer coach, Randy. But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past. Instead, the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases. Knowing what he knows now, Kevin believes there are lessons to be learned from his story for the investigator (Kevin’s was great), the prosecutor (Kevin’s was terrible), and the forensic interviewer (Kevin did not have one). Beyond these (hopefully) useful lessons, the presentation will provide plenty of time for questions from attendees. Given the nature of our work, we don’t often get to ask questions (beyond factual questions) of our child victims.
CACGA: We Are One Team
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia had its origins in 1989, when five children’s advocacy centers were established. Initially called the Georgia Network for Children, CACGA was incorporated in March 1994.
Today, more than 25 years after the first CAC opened its doors in Georgia, CACGA is a statewide network of 44 children’s advocacy centers, serving more than 90 percent of the great state of Georgia. Our Children’s Advocacy Centers are big, small, rural, and urban. We have the heart and dedication to see the great potential of all children. We honor the courage of the smallest among us, who have been harmed by sexual abuse, physical abuse and exploitation, and who gain strength through the services, expertise and support that all of our Children’s Advocacy Centers provide. CACGA is proud and honored to be One Team with them.
That is our approach at CACGA: We Are One Team with our 44 member centers all across Georgia. We are committed to and support our One Team of CACs in the critically important work they do for the children and families of communities all across Georgia. We believe in:
- Our multidisciplinary partnerships
- Children and their futures
Please join us. Join our One Team, and support the Children’s Advocacy Center in your community. Check out our Georgia map of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Ask them what you can do for them and the children and families in your community. Thank you so much for your support.
The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, Inc. is Georgia’s statewide membership association of 46 local children’s advocacy centers. CACGA was formed in 1992, incorporated in 1994, and as an accredited chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, is one of the leading state children’s advocacy networks in the United States.
Our mission is to provide direct services to local CACs and Georgia communities in order to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of children’s advocacy centers in the state of Georgia. Our primary role is providing a variety of critical direct services to its CACs in Georgia in the form of training, mentoring, consulting, compiling information for statistical and research purposes, and helping prepare local CAC professionals to be able to function appropriately, professionally and successfully in the legal criminal and civil justice systems.
For more than 20 years, CACGA has been providing training, technical assistance and support to CACs in Georgia as well as outreach and assistance to communities working to establish a Children’s Advocacy Center in their area. CACGA continues to respond to the needs of existing CACs and seeks strategies to develop new Centers.
The payoff is extraordinary: In local communities throughout Georgia, dedicated professionals are effectively responding to child abuse issues as teams, while being supported by committed and visionary boards of directors, volunteers, funders, and private and governmental partners.