In response to the Orlando Nightclub hate crime and act of terrorism, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed resources to help families and communities respond:
The Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
Talking to Children about the Shooting
Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Sibling Death and Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Families
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
LGBTQ Issues and Child Trauma
LGBTQ Youth: Voices of Trauma, Lives of Promise (video)
Safe Spaces: Safe Places for Traumatized LGBTQ Youth (video)
Last year's annual fundraiser at the Savannah Center was a great success and we were blessed by increased guests and sponsor participation at this event.
We look forward to seeing you there on March 5, 2016 at the Savannah Center in The Villages. Please visit our Bids 4 Kids page for more information.
In response to community need, our CAC is forming a Victim Advocate Program which will kick off in 2014. We are currently seeking volunteers who wish to serve as Victim Advocates. Volunteers who wish to be Victim Advocates will be asked to participate in extensive training in order to prepare them for this task.
The Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center is the proud recipient of the 2012 Guardian Ad Litem Advocate of the Year Award. Diane Pisczek, Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the CAC.
On April 1, 2010 the Florida Department of Health awarded the CAC the Child Protection Team (CPT) contract for Lake and Sumter Counties. The CPT offers Forensic Interviews, medical exams and other risk assessments to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members on a 24/7 basis for Lake and Sumter Counties.
This past year we celebrated our 3rd anniversary of providing these services to the communities we serve. During that time period we have experienced significant growth. Since the start of the program, the CPT has performed more than 700 medical exams and over 2300 interviews. We have also provided training sessions for Law Enforcement, the Department of Children and Families, LRMC Emergency Room staff, First Responders, local pediatricians and guidance counselors. Learn more.