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LAKE SUMTER CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

We can't change what happened, but we can change what happens next. We need your support!

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HELP PREVENT FURTHER CHILD ABUSE

KNOW THE SIGNS OF ABUSE

Prevent further child abuse by knowing the signs and raising awareness in your community.

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News & Updates

Quilting Sisters Guild The Quilting Sisters: Making a Difference

As we all are painfully aware in this troubling time of COVID-19, the medical supplies that promote health and safety are scarce commodities, if they are available at all. It is particularly so for nonprofits as our Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center, though our need is great. Therefore, it is with the utmost appreciation that we acknowledge the Quilting Sisters Guild of Leesburg for their generous and unsolicited donation of sixty-two (62) protective masks. We have always benefitted from the kindnesses of our community partners, and the Quilting Sisters exemplify the spirit of giving that sustains us. Thanks to the Quilting Sisters for not only thinking of us, but for acting in our best interest!

COVID-19 COVID-19: Promoting Safety, Preserving Health & Facilitating Emotional Well-Being

Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center has operated in the vanguard of services to child survivors of physical abuse, sexual abuse and severe neglect in the Lake and Sumter County communities for over two decades. The central mission in our services since our inception has been, and shall continue to be, to promote safety, preserve health and facilitate emotional well-being for all children entrusted to our supervision and service. That mission has not changed in these challenging days of the coronavirus. In fact, COVID-19 has only served to deepen our resolve and re-double our commitment to the most precious resource in our society: our children. Click to learn more about our related policies and procedures.

Bids 4 Kids at Savannah Center Bids 4 Kids Scheduled for March 13, 2021

Each spring, we hold our annual fundraiser called "Bids 4 Kids" to raise operating funds for the entire year. The event is an invitation BBQ with a silent and live auction, where we recognize corporate and private sponsors. Next year's fundraiser auction has been scheduled for March 13, 2021. The generous contributions from our sponsors allow us to continue to provide necessary services to local children at no charge to these children and their non-offending family members. Our doors have not closed during this tumultuous time and children continue to need our help daily. The Center depends upon contributions from businesses and residents of Lake and Sumter Counties. Thank you for your continued support!

Know the Signs

Prevent child abuse by knowing the signs and raising awareness.

Report Child Abuse

Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at www.myflfamilies.com.

Common Myths

Many common beliefs about child abuse are completely false. Learn the truth.

"This Place Believes Kids"

Read a case study about an 11-year-old child who came to our CAC.

ABOUT US

We can't change what happened, but we can change what happens next.

WHO WE ARE

The mission of the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center is to provide a child-friendly, community-based facility where a child victim can be safely interviewed, provided with crisis counseling, receive medical exams and long-term specialized therapy, when needed. We work together with agency representatives to provide child abuse victims with all necessary services in a single location.

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Our Services

All services are provided at no charge.

Counseling and Therapy
COUNSELING & THERAPY

We offer crisis counseling, long-term, group and family therapy. Anyone can refer a child to our counseling program.

Child Protection Team
CHILD PROTECTION TEAM

We provide forensic and specialized interviews, medical exams and psycho-social assessments in coordination with DCF and Law Enforcement.

Victim Advocate Program
VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM

We are forming a group of trained volunteers who provide comprehensive, coordinated victim support and advocacy services.

Annual Statistics

Our CAC has been averaging over 1000 children per year. From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, we provided child victims with the following services:

1000
TOTAL CLIENTS
595
MEDICAL EXAMS
742
COUNSELING CLIENTS
769
FORENSIC INTERVIEWS

Get Involved with our CAC

Despite our best efforts, child abuse continues to occur. We greatly appreciate any support you can offer in this very important effort for the children of Lake and Sumter Counties.

This is a place that believes kids - quote from 11 year old child

HOW TO HELP

If you'd like to help in any way, you can call us at (352) 323-8303 or email us at info@cac4kids.org. Financial contributions and donations of items to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible. Our Center is a 501 (c)(3) private non-profit agency.
VOLUNTEER

We rely on the support of volunteers during the Christmas season and for our reception desk. We are also seeking volunteers for our Victim Advocate Program.

"STOP CHILD ABUSE" LICENSE PLATE

When you purchase a "Stop Child Abuse" license plate, you help publicize the need to stop child abuse while supporting every CAC in the state of Florida.

DONATE ITEMS

We greatly appreciate donations of items used for child therapy sessions and the daily operations of the CAC, as well as items for our Bids 4 Kids Annual Fundraiser silent and live auctions.

SPONSOR A CHILD

The CAC offers the opportunity to sponsor a child's therapy and this support helps us provide our services at no charge to the child victim and non-offending family members.

BIDS 4 KIDS: ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

We hold an annual fundraiser called "Bids 4 Kids" to raise operating funds for the entire year. We are always seeking sponsors and auction items for this event.