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The program provides up-to-date training on "How to Talk to Children" for law enforcement's first responders at the scene of the investigation and promotes child abuse awareness and prevention in community forums including

Goal: Educate the community of child abuse issues and enlist support to help prevent child abuse

Preventing child abuse is one of our top priorities at the Children’s Justice Center. Research strongly suggests that primary prevention, made before problems develop, is by far the least expensive and most effective means of solving a wide range of social problems including child abuse and neglect.

  • To break the cycle of abuse by working together with families in our community to help improve lives.
  • To help educate the community on how to prevent or identify and respond to child abuse.
  • To coordinate and integrate prevention services throughout Hillsborough County.
  • To listen when you tell us what your family needs. Remember you don’t have to go it alone; we are a phone call away.
  • To bring you up-to-date information on new ideas and events that will help educate all of us on strengthening families.
  • To respect the family unit and your abilities as a parent.

The Children's Advocacy Center also offers Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children. This is a revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program that educates ADULTS to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and recognizes that adults are responsible for the safety of children.