Hundreds come to Huntsville for International Symposium about Child Abuse

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Thousands of children are abused every year in the United States. Hundreds of people have made their way to Huntsville for the annual international symposium on child abuse, to try and help stop it.

Huntsville is where it all started for children advocacy centers across the country. "What we started in this community, what we still do in this community for children in this community, is also a model for communities all throughout the world," said Chris Newlin, Executive Director for the National Children’s Advocacy Center. This week is proof of that- with representatives from 48 states and 10 countries coming to Huntsville to learn new ways to end child abuse. "We're always working to have the most updated information on research," said Newlin. "And when they go home next week, they can make a difference in a child's life in their community."

From law enforcement, to child protective services, The Child Advocacy Center is working every day to provide the training to put themselves out of business. “Were still kind of a long ways away from that, and we're going to remain dedicated to making sure that children's advocacy centers in this community, state, country and world have the most updated practice information so they can do the very best job they can for each kid that comes through their doors," said Newlin.

The Children’s Advocacy Center does more than 50 trainings a year. The symposium will continue through the end of the week.

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