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LAKE SUMTER CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

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KNOW THE SIGNS OF ABUSE

Prevent further child abuse by knowing the signs and raising awareness in your community.

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News & Updates

Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center Fall Festival Please Visit our Fall Festival!

Please join us at our Fall Festival - Closet Sale and Bake Sale!
Saturday, November 5, 2022, 8am to 2pm
*please note updated times*
7928 US Hwy 441, Leesburg, FL 34788
Cash and checks only

In loving memory of Dr. Bindoo Narain, local pediatrican; all funds support the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center and our local children and families

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Support Lake Sumter CAC during the Mount Dora Community Trust's Giving Week - 11/29/22 to 12/6/22

Mount Dora Community Trust's Giving Week 2022 will be open November 29 - December 6 (4pm cutoff!). Many wonderful non-profits will be competing for their share of a $100,000 matching donation pot.

1. Visit www.mountdoracommunitytrust.com

2. Make your pledge

3. Select the Lake Sumter Children's Advocacy Center as your chosen non-profit

4. Mount Dora Community Trust will match your donation (up to $15,000 per organization)

We thank you sincerely for your support!

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

An excerpt from our October Newsletter:
An American Tragedy
December 14, 2012 was just another day in a seemingly endless string of workdays that would soon culminate in a most welcome Christmas break. It would be a brief hiatus of but four days, but in the spirit of the season it would be the revitalizing communion of family and friends that I so desperately needed. And I was invigorated with the looming prospect of time off from work. As I drove home that early Friday evening, I hummed along to an incessant stream of Christmas carols pouring forth from the radio. I think I was even singing along to some in my tone-deaf tenor. I am sure that "Silent Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "Joy to the World" had never received such shabby treatment. Finally, tiring of my cacophonous strains, I tuned to NPR to get a bearing on the day's events. As with all workdays, I was oblivious to the affairs of the outside world. So, I was playing my usual game of "catch-up" with real life. Thus, I was totally unprepared for the lurid account of a mass school shooting that very morning in a small town in Connecticut...
Click below for the rest of the editorial, as well as a spotlight on our new Board President, John Rohan, 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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