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April 4, 2014

NCAC honors Haynes for outstanding service

CROSSVILLE — The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) presented the Outstanding Service Award in Law Enforcement to John Haynes, a member of the Cumberland County Child Protective Investigation Team, which is associated with the Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center. 

The honor came at the 30th National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, AL.  
More than 1,000 professionals from 33 U.S. states, as well as from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Finland, Jamaica, Japan, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Sweden are participating in educational sessions on law enforcement, legal, medical, mental health, victim advocacy, forensic interviewing, prevention, child protective services, and administrative best practices.  Internationally renowned experts are presenting 160 state-of-the-art workshops featuring the latest in best practices in child abuse response and prevention. 

Haynes received the prestigious award at the Symposium's annual awards luncheon. The criteria for the Outstanding Service Awards is based on the pioneering work that began with the formation of the National Children’s Advocacy Center in 1985 and revolutionized the way the world responds to child sexual abuse. The honors are intended to recognize professionals who have made a significant positive contribution to services that address child abuse and exploitation in their communities. In recognizing the honorees, NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin noted that in addition to his role on the Cumberland County Child Protective Investigation Team, Haynes is also a member of the Cumberland County Sexual Assault Response Team, and "The Tennessee Children’s Justice Task Force,” in which he has played a key role in developing and strengthening the relationship with the various agencies involved in the Task Force (i.e. Department of Children Services, Child Advocacy Center, District Attorney's office, County Youth Services judicial division, and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program).

In addition to Haynes’ award in Law Enforcement, the NCAC also selected Outstanding Service Award winners from multiple nominations in the categories of Multidisciplinary Team Response, Mental Health, Victim Advocacy, Medical, Child Protective Services, Prevention and Prosecution.

The National Children’s Advocacy Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama. The non-profit organization provides extended services in prevention, intervention, and treatment for abused children, and is one of the leading providers of quality training for professionals working with abused children and their families. The NCAC model serves more than 850 established and developing Children's Advocacy Centers in the U.S. and gives hope to more than 270,000 child abuse and neglect victims every year.  For more information, visit www.nationalcac.org. 

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