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.
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:
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!
Prevent child abuse by knowing the signs and raising awareness.
Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at www.myflfamilies.com.
Many common beliefs about child abuse are completely false. Learn the truth.
Read a case study about an 11-year-old child who came to our CAC.
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.Learn More
We offer crisis counseling, long-term, group and family therapy. Anyone can refer a child to our counseling program.
We provide forensic and specialized interviews, medical exams and psycho-social assessments in coordination with DCF and Law Enforcement.
We are forming a group of trained volunteers who provide comprehensive, coordinated victim support and advocacy services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.