In general, families visit Sunlight Child Advocacy Center and Sunshine Children’s Home as the result of an open DCF or law enforcement investigation. However, we can provide educational resources to our communities through presentations, print information, and other training opportunities.
Here we list some of the ways our staff and multi-disciplinary partners can address child abuse awareness, prevention, recognition, and reporting issues in our communities.
Our staff is aware of many worthwhile free or inexpensive webinars, books, websites, pamphlets, flyers, curricula, guidebooks, and other reading material. Please contact us for print references for any of the topics you see listed here. Check our Facebook page for updates and links to free training opportunities.
Those engaged in their community through groups such as Kiwanis or Lions Clubs will be interested in learning about child abuse dynamics and community supports for victims, as well as in knowing about the Child Advocacy Center model and how we operate. Engaged citizens can be key in child abuse prevention, recognition, and reporting.
Pastors and program directors need information on recognizing abusers’ common tactics and on creating personnel policies to lessen potential for abuse. Spiritual directors will be concerned about the effects of trauma and abuse and the dynamics of victimization. Staff can offer resources on churches’ response to abuse.
We can make available free or inexpensive webinars and other training to medical professionals on recognizing abuse, typical locations of injury from abuse vs. normal play, neurological trauma, and other physical and sexual abuse issues. Reporting issues are also a concern for medical professionals.