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.
For many years we have enjoyed the ambiance and outdoor venue of The Villages Polo Club for our annual fundraiser. Over the years we have been blessed by increased guests and sponsor participation at this event. In order to better accommodate our guests and sponsors, and to eliminate the problems of inclement weather, we have decided to move this year’s Bids 4 Kids to a new location.
We look forward to seeing you there on March 8, 2014 at the Savannah Center in The Villages. Please visit our Bids 4 Kids page for more information.
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.