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What is the Outreach Program?

The outreach program provides training to child abuse investigators, detectives, street patrol officers, and foster care providers on “How to Talk to Children”- at the scene of an initial report.  

In addition, the CJC provides child abuse prevention tools at community forums, which is possible through a partnership with the Keeping Kids Safe Partnership of Hillsborough County. The State Attorney’s Office (Victims Assistance) provides child-friendly information, which is given to victims and witness that help prepare them to testify in Criminal Court.

What is Stewards of Children?

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children 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.

Who uses the program?

Organizations and Corporations who are:

·         Seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse

·         Wanting to make a difference in their community by educating adults about the protection of children

·         Needing to respond to insurance requirements regarding child protection

·         Wanting to enhance community training initiatives and develop potential sources of revenue

How does the Children's Advocacy Center deliver the program?

Stewards of Children is a 2.5 hour training program available through an authorized facilitator. An authorized facilitator is an individual who has been educated and equipped by Darkness to Light to deliver the program within a particular organization and the broader community. Authorized Facilitators have access to all of the Stewards of Children training tools.

The Children’s Advocacy Center now has three Authorized Facilitators available to deliver the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training.

What is the cost?

The materials for the training can be purchased through the Authorized Facilitator for $15.00 per person attending the training. The training itself comes at no cost to the organization.

Where can I find further information?

For more information about the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training or to schedule an Authorized Facilitator for your organization, please contact The Children’s Advocacy Center at Mary Lee’s House at: (813) 272–KIDS (5437) or e-mail or