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Child Advocacy Center offers Darkness to Light training

Staff Reports • Feb 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM

The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center has partnered with St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church and the Lebanon Special School District to present Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children.

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. A class was held at St. Francis Cabrini in English earlier this month, and this past week, in conjunction with Beth Petty with the Lebanon Special School District Family Resource Center, provided a class in Spanish. The Spanish class was facilitated by Rosie DiBella with the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville.

The 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center serves Wilson, Macon, Smith, Jackson and Trousdale counties, working with children up to the age of 17 years who have been seriously physically, emotionally and sexually abused and the non-offending parents or guardians.

The CAC provides a child friendly environment where the children meet with a certified forensic interviewer allowing the healing process to begin with the interview and continue when the child receives professional mental health counseling and other necessary restorative services.

The next Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children training will be held on Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 1007 Castle Heights Ave N, Lebanon. To register, contact Beth Petty or Neika Adsmond at 615-453-2693.

For more information concerning Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children trainings, contact Nancy Willis or Amanda Dardy at the CAC at 615-449-7975.

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