Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:59

Child Advocacy Center Offering Training to Help End Child Abuse

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Physical and sexual child abuse is the most serious health problem that youth face. It is a prevalent problem that affects hundreds of youth and their families in Oswego County. Last year alone, the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County provided services to 497 children and their families.

“Child abuse in our communities is a serious problem,” said Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Karrie Damm. “We are helping families heal and play a major role in investigating and prosecuting abuse cases but we cannot do it alone. Ending child abuse takes a cooperative, community effort. We must empower community members and invite them to join us in our efforts. Children should be loved, protected and nurtured so they may grow up healthy with their sexual boundaries intact. That’s a goal that each and everyone one of us needs to be focused on.”

With that goal in mind, the Oswego County Legislature and the Oswego County Department of Social Services has implemented resources to the CAC to aid in that success. The CAC is offering a 2 hour training course entitled Stewards of Children©. Designed for organizations that serve youth, as well as community members that are concerned about the safety of children, Stewards of Children© is a nationally recognized, evidence based training program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. This is a program of the Darkness to Light initiative.

“Stewards of Children© is an effective and impactful training that educates adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse. “I recently facilitated our first training and feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive,” said CAC Outreach and Prevention Advocate Connie Dumas. “The training focuses on empowerment. The skills encompassed in this training provide responsible adults a better understanding of what child abuse is and how it happens. It educates them on recognizing signs of child abuse, how to report it, and the importance of supporting others efforts to prevent sexual abuse.”

Upcoming Stewards of Children© trainings are scheduled for:

- October 19 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Fulton City Library

- November 2 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the CAC office in Fulton

- November 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon at the CAC office in Fulton

- November 28 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CAC office in Fulton

- December 15 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the CAC office in Fulton

- December 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CAC office in Fulton

For more information on the CAC, or to sign up for the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children© training, contact the CAC at 315-59CHILD (315-592-4453) or visit or and search for a training near you.

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