**Please join us on April 22nd, 2017, from 3-6pm, at the American Legion Post 459’s annual Blind & Silent Auction. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Assessment Center. This event is full of laughs and good times. For more information, or to donate items for this event, please contact Office & Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Kowalczyk.
American Legion Post 459: 658 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
**Please join us on May 2nd, 2017, from 12-1pm, at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park for our 10th annual Luncheon Fundraiser, Stop the Hurt…Begin the Healing. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Fund Development Director, Amy Herring.
Darkness to Light Sessions
**Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children is designed for organizations and individuals that serve children and youth and for other individuals that care about the well-being of children. Sessions are $10 and include an interactive workbook and certificate of completion. Sessions typically last 2 hours. To pre-register, contact Community Advocate, Misti DeVries.
Upcoming 2017 D2L sessions:
- Monday, April 17, 6-8pm (FULL)
- Tuesday, May 9, 3:30-5:30pm
- Tuesday, June 13, 5:30-7:30pm
*All D2L sessions are held at the Children’s Assessment Center unless otherwise noted
“So grateful to have to opportunity for such a training! I think a training like D2L is essential for any parent/adult who interacts with today’s youth. The tools I gained from today’s training have empowered me to critically think about situations in which my children and/or I are placed and have given me tools to use for open and frank discussions (that are kept far too taboo). It also gave me food-for-thought regarding my accountability if ever found in a one-on-one situation with a child that is not mine.” – Cate, Nurse & Mother
“I am so grateful to the CAC for providing this Darkness To Light training to me. Our children’s safety and well-being is one of our community’s highest priorities, yet sexual abuse happens to 1 in 10 children under age 18. All of us have the ability to save a child from a potential predator, but we first have to be educated. I highly recommend this training to any adult who works with children, or to any concerned citizen, so that more of us can be equipped to recognize and react appropriately to signs of child sexual abuse.” – Anna, Teacher & Mother
“I thought the presentation was great. I came because it is information I need to be aware of in my profession. The next day I was telling so many of my co-workers what we learned and asking my boss if we can have a staff meeting to discuss all of it! It was hard information to listen to but very well presented. Thank you for all the effort you put into the program!” -Rachel, Teacher & Coach
“I loved the training. I was a bit overwhelmed by it (but I get overwhelmed easily), but I’m so grateful to have been able to attend. I had no idea such a training program existed! I learned necessary tools to help protect my children, and it gave me awareness of tools that are available to the schools. I ended up emailing my daughters future elementary school to see if they have this training. In addition, I learned some really great “verbiage” to use with my children to keep them safe from sexual abuse. We already put some of this new language to use in our home. It’s comforting to know we have these extra safe guards in place. I’m also grateful to have learned how to be “safe” around other children and how other adults should be safe around my kids. These were things that never crossed my radar.” -Amanda, Mother