10 ways to keep children safe from abuse this holiday season

  By Betsy Lewis, Social Media Contractor for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County The holidays are here, and families and friends are gathering together to celebrate. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the time of year when all types of child abuse increase. And it is those we know, these very family members

One Thing You Can Do That Matters

  By Ginny Sagal, Communication & Outreach Coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County You can’t read a newspaper or turn on a television without hearing about child sexual abuse. Do not feel helpless. There is one thing you can do that matters in addressing child sexual abuse.  You can take a child

“My family survived” because of the CAC

  This is a speech by Lori Phillips from the Children’s Advocacy Center 2017 Cherish a Child Luncheon The year was 1993. My oldest daughter, Jennifer, came to me one evening and disclosed a horrific truth. Her father had sexually molested her. She was 11 years old that year. The specific abuse had taken place

Community “Farmers” Planting Seeds of Hope

  By Tammi Pitzen, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County — from her speech at our October, 2017 Cherish a Child Luncheon   A wise man looked at the response in place in Jackson County for victims of child abuse and thought there was opportunity to improve this response. That wise

Spotlight on a Volunteer: Samantha Bohling

  When did you start volunteering at the Children’s Advocacy Center? I started volunteering at the Children’s Advocacy Center on September 20, 2017. How did you become familiar with the Center, how did you find out? I became familiar with the Center through two sources: A list of possible internship facilities through the SOU website,

Do One Thing That Matters

In the last year the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County has served 695 children and 414 non-offending caregivers — with nearly 5,000 services. You Matter is our annual campaign to raise funds for direct services to these infants, children, teens and families healing from abuse and neglect. Your donation to You Matter helps us

Help kids develop healthy body boundaries

  By Leah Howell, Training Coordinator, The Protect Our Children Project of  The Children’s Adv0cacy Center of Jackson County One aspect of effective child sexual abuse prevention is creating a relationship with your child or other children in your care that encourages openness about their body boundaries. Adults should always support a child in deciding