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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

Daily Commercial Feature Thank you to the Daily Commercial for Sharing our Story

From the Daily Commercial:
'Never give up:' Children's Advocacy Center helps heal abuse, neglect victims
A little girl sat at kid-sized table, crayons by her side, a fish tank and a TV playing an animated movie in front of her.
“It looks like a house,” some children exclaim as they walk in the front door.
The Children’s Advocacy Center, however, is not a home. It is a house of pain, but more importantly, it's a house of healing.

Read more at the Daily Commercial.

July 2021 Newsletter "Child Chat" Newsletter July 2021

Please enjoy the July edition of our quarterly newsletter, Child Chat, which is designed to acquaint the Lake and Sumter County communities with our professional staff and their trauma-focused services to children, as well as to highlight topical children’s issues.

This edition contains the following updates and resources:
 

  • Family Advocacy: Straight from the Heart
  • From the Editor: In Search of the "Inner Child"
  • CPT Newcomer Introductions
  • KCI: A Most Valued Community Partner

Click here to download Child Chat.

Bids for Kids Bids for Kids will be Held on March 12, 2022

Each spring the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center holds its annual fundraiser called "Bids 4 Kids" to raise operating funds for the entire year. Next year's event will be held on March 12, 2022.

Our 2021 Bids 4 Kids event pivoted from our conventional in-person auction format to a safer, health-conscious virtual auction. Working hand-in-hand with Qtego, a virtual fundraising facilitator for nonprofit organizations, we fashioned a bidding platform that permitted participants to view auctioned items on their respective digital devices and bid competitively any time, any day, from anywhere during the three-day bidding window.

In the end, Bids 4 Kids 2021 was an unqualified success. Over 400 participants generated 1718 bids across 178 donated items. We at the Center thank everyone Involved most sincerely for their generosity— and our kids thank you even more!

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. Click the button below to donate now by Paypal or credit card.

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.

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