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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

Bids for Kids Our Next Bids for Kids Annual Fundraiser will be March 7-9, 2024

Bids for Kids is coming soon! The online portion of our auction will open on Thursday, March 7, 2024. The in-person event will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024.

QUICK LINKS:
Register to Bid at the Auction
Become a Sponsor
Donate Auction Items
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Without your support, we would not be able to continue offering our services free of charge to the community. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and commitment to the children of Lake and Sumter counties.

Financial contributions made to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible. All donations are used to provide direct services to child victims of abuse in Lake and Sumter Counties.

Mount Dora Community Trust Thank You to MDCT!

Thank you to the Mount Dora Community Trust for including us in their annual giving week. We are truly honored by your support of local charities and grateful for the chance to participate.

Visit mountdoracommunitytrust.com to learn more about this wonderful organization.

Children's Christmas Party Children's Christmas Party

Thank you so much to all who supported our annual Children's Christmas Party! It was truly wonderful to see the joy that you brought to the children and their families at the event.

We received many needed donations from our wish lists and each child was able to open a gift with Santa Claus. The children were also able to visit with Mrs. Claus, hide from the Grinch and enjoy wonderful treats and face painting. Thank you to everyone who donated of their time to help wrap gifts and put together this wonderful evening.

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, 2021 to June 30, 2022, we provided child victims with the following services:

1003
TOTAL CLIENTS
539
MEDICAL EXAMS
464
COUNSELING CLIENTS
430
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 gifts for our annual Children's Christmas Party. We have wishlists on Target and Amazon.

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. Next event: 3/7 to 3/9/24