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Advocates for Children to Offer Darkness to Light Training April 26

Darkness to Light’s award-winning child sexual abuse prevention training, Stewards of Children, will be offered in Bartow County by facilitators with Advocates for Children. On April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Allatoona Resource Center, Advocates will hold a community training that is free to adults. The training teaches adults how to recognize the signs of sexual abuse, how to respond to suspicions of abuse, and gives simple ways to minimize opportunities for abuse in organizations and our community. This training is ideal for any adult in our community who has interactions with children. Local businesses and organizations, large or small, are ...

Ducks are Taking to the Water Again to Prevent Child Abuse

Duck season has begun with people already clamoring to adopt the little yellow entries into the 2017 Advocates for Children Duck Derby on May 6. With a grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by Kennesaw Transportation Inc., for the first duck plucked from the water at Terminus Wake Park, there is lots of interest in the fundraising event. All duck adoptions are an entry into the race, and every duck has a chance to win the grand prize and many other outstanding prizes. On the day of the event, about 20,000 ducks are released into the water and the first duck selected will win the grand prize of $10,000, sponsored by Kennesaw Transportation Inc. Ducks can ...

13th ANNUAL ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN DUCK DASH 5K & FUN RUN

On Friday, May 5, runners will lace up their running shoes for the 13th Annual Advocates for Children Duck Dash. Registration for the twilight run has already started for the event that will benefit Advocates for Children. Presented by Northside Bank, along with additional race sponsors Gary Fox, CPA and Mockingbird Dental, the race will kick off the weekend of the Duck Derby. The 5K chip timed race will take off at 7 p.m. from the track at Cartersville Middle School at 825 Douthit Ferry Road, with the Fun Run for children starting at about 7:45 p.m. On-site registration will begin at 6 p.m. the evening of the race. Participants in the 5K and ...

Advocates for Children Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Series of Events

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Advocates for Children is hosting a series of events to promote the idea that when children have great childhoods, our community will continue to prosper. Research shows that when children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing families and communities they are more likely to do well in school and grow up to become contributing citizens who give back to their community “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Advocates for Children President and CEO Karen White. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build on ...

Advocates for Children Spring Benefit Raises Funds for Local Children and Families

Spring brings with it images of warmer days, flowers blooming, and a rebirth of vibrancy after the chill and muted tones of winter. For the ninth year it also welcomed the Spring Benefit for Advocates for Children, an event that raises funds for the organization’s mission to prevent and treat child abuse in all its forms. The event co-chairs Regina Shaw and Barbara Terry, along with their steering committee of Kim Bowen, Tamara Brock, Abbey Culverhouse, Hannah Hart, Amy Morgan, Charissa Pritchett, Deena Stewart and Justine Tidwell organized the event from logistics and décor to sponsorships and auction items. This year’s event raised approxi...

Advocates for Children Marks National Safe Place Week with Focus on Accessibility, Education and Community Support

People pass the yellow and black Safe Place signs all the time, some never knowing significance that the denotation might mean. The signs indicate that the employees at that business or staff at that facility are trained and ready to help a young person in crisis. March 19-25 marks week of awareness for Safe Place, a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As one of five Safe Place affiliated organizations in Georgia, Advocates for Children oversees the efforts more than 90 Safe Place locations in Northwest Georgia. Coordinating that program is Adairsville resident Tracy Arp, who among ...

Children’s Advocacy Center in Bartow County Receives National Accreditation

Advocates for Children and its Children’s Advocacy Center has been awarded accreditation by National Children’s Alliance following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision. The local CAC provides ...

Advocates for Children Celebrates a New Year and Looks Back at 2016 Accomplishments

CARTERSVILLE, Ga.- Jan. 18, 2017: Advocates for Children started the new year of 2017 by thanking donors, volunteers, corporate partners, and other supporters of the organization at the annual appreciation dinner Tuesday. Community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 2016, look forward to 2017 and recognize some of those who dedicated themselves to Advocates’ mission of preventing and treating child abuse in all its forms. It is the contribution of those volunteers, donors, and partners that makes the organization’s reach even larger Advocates for Children President and CEO Karen White explained during her welcome to the ...

Advocates for Children Places Focus of New Role on the Future of Shelter Residents

Transitioning from childhood and the teenage years into adulthood is a hard task for anyone. This is especially true for residents of Advocates for Children’s Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter, a residential facility for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Recognizing this tough transition, the shelter has added a position dedicated to making sure residents learn all they need to know to be productive and happy adults. The position is funded largely through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant administered by Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Jacqueline Knight, who resides in Rome with her husband and children, has ...

Brightening the Lives of Children This Christmas

Opportunities still exist to brighten smiles this Christmas at Advocates for Children. Many local individuals, companies, church groups, and other organizations have already purchased items for the residents of the Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter and families participating in the Hope in Your Home program. However, some of the items on the children’s wish lists are currently unfilled. Children at the shelter noted their five most wanted items, which are included on the list along with shelter requests for gift cards for group meals, activities, clothing items, and other necessities. Lists of the still needed items are available at advochi...