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KNOW THE SIGNS OF ABUSE

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News & Updates

Congressman Webster Thank you Congressman Webster!

Thank you to Daniel Webster, U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th Congressional District; Pam Jones, Community Relations Representative for Congressman Daniel Webster; and Jaryn Emhof, Chief of Staff for Congressman Daniel Webster, for visiting Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center and learning about the many services we offer to child victims of crime.

Mount Dora Community Trust Thank you to the Mount Dora Community Trust

Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center is pleased to recognize Mount Dora Community Trust for its recent generous grant award in the interest of our Expressive Therapies Program. The funds shall be utilized to facilitate innovative virtual therapeutic techniques, such as virtual sand tray, that have become both popular and necessary with the advent of COVID-19 in the past two years. For children who face challenges with verbal therapy, virtual sand tray simply offers a tactile medium for expressing feelings related to prior traumatic experiences. And for those children who possess greater facility with verbal therapy, virtual sand tray simply provides a novel complementary vehicle for their self-expression. We are so blessed to have a caring and compassionate community partner as Mount Dora Community Trust who, through its support, aids us in expediting the recovery of our child survivors of abuse. MDCT, thank you for thinking of our Center and, most importantly, thank you for thinking of our kids!

Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center Child Chat Newsletter Child Chat Quarterly Newsletter

An excerpt from our July Newsletter:
Peace, Lillie
Long careers working with children almost inevitably spawn a treasure trove of stories. Some stories are humorous - like the day my middle school clients conspired to commemorate my 40th birthday by decorating my counseling office with 100 black balloons and a makeshift plywood coffin displaying the foreboding message, "R.I.P." Imagine my surprise (and my virtual heart attack) when a small child, cleverly concealed, suddenly popped out of the casket! We all had a good laugh over that! Some stories are painful - like the day a recalcitrant 6th grade boy stealthily crept behind me with malevolent intent and cracked a thick hardbound Webster's Dictionary over the back of my head...
Click below for the rest of the editorial, as well as a spotlight on our new medical practitioner, and more!
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Know the Signs

Prevent child abuse by knowing the signs and raising awareness.

Report Child Abuse

Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or report online at www.myflfamilies.com.

Common Myths

Many common beliefs about child abuse are completely false. Learn the truth.

"This Place Believes Kids"

Read a case study about an 11-year-old child who came to our CAC.

ABOUT US

We can't change what happened, but we can change what happens next.

WHO WE ARE

The mission of the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center is to provide a child-friendly, community-based facility where a child victim can be safely interviewed, provided with crisis counseling, receive medical exams and long-term specialized therapy, when needed. We work together with agency representatives to provide child abuse victims with all necessary services in a single location.

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Our Services

All services are provided at no charge.

Counseling and Therapy
COUNSELING & THERAPY

We offer crisis counseling, long-term, group and family therapy. Anyone can refer a child to our counseling program.

Child Protection Team
CHILD PROTECTION TEAM

We provide forensic and specialized interviews, medical exams and psycho-social assessments in coordination with DCF and Law Enforcement.

Victim Advocate Program
VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM

We are forming a group of trained volunteers who provide comprehensive, coordinated victim support and advocacy services.

Annual Statistics

Our CAC has been averaging over 1000 children per year. From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, we provided child victims with the following services:

1000
TOTAL CLIENTS
595
MEDICAL EXAMS
742
COUNSELING CLIENTS
769
FORENSIC INTERVIEWS

Get Involved with our CAC

Despite our best efforts, child abuse continues to occur. We greatly appreciate any support you can offer in this very important effort for the children of Lake and Sumter Counties.

This is a place that believes kids - quote from 11 year old child

HOW TO HELP

If you'd like to help in any way, you can call us at (352) 323-8303 or email us at info@cac4kids.org. Financial contributions and donations of items to the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center are tax deductible. Our Center is a 501 (c)(3) private non-profit agency.
VOLUNTEER

We rely on the support of volunteers during the Christmas season and for our reception desk. We are also seeking volunteers for our Victim Advocate Program.

"STOP CHILD ABUSE" LICENSE PLATE

When you purchase a "Stop Child Abuse" license plate, you help publicize the need to stop child abuse while supporting every CAC in the state of Florida.

DONATE ITEMS

We greatly appreciate donations of items used for child therapy sessions and the daily operations of the CAC, as well as items for our Bids 4 Kids Annual Fundraiser silent and live auctions.

SPONSOR A CHILD

The CAC offers the opportunity to sponsor a child's therapy and this support helps us provide our services at no charge to the child victim and non-offending family members. Click the button below to donate now by Paypal or credit card.

BIDS 4 KIDS: ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

We hold an annual fundraiser called "Bids 4 Kids" to raise operating funds for the entire year. We are always seeking sponsors and auction items for this event.

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