It's back! The very cool Color Vibe fun run/walk, Saturday, March 25 at Lee Civic Center. We receive a portion of all registration fees, so please consider attending.
The day is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels—families, group of friends, even a work team. If you haven't experienced one of these, you've got to check it out, it's quite the scene! Go to thecolorvibe.com to sign up and know that you’re helping CAC by attending. Hey, even our volunteers last year had fun!



 


                                                  

Random Acts of Kindness

On The Road With CAC

Color Vibe Is Back!

Bling & Bags Bingo Is Coming!

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Accredited by the National Children's Alliance and the Council on Accreditation. CAC is proud to be a United Way partner agency.

Thank you to Paula Noice, Grandezza resident, for spearheading a donation drive for diapers and baby clothes for our clients. Her friends really came through for CAC!
Also pictured here is Paula’s father, 91 year-old Paul Edwards who winters at Grandezza. He is selling the over 1,000 golf balls he has found and collected from various bushes and palmettos on the golf course over the past year. The proceeds will be used to purchase clothes and books for CAC. Thank you Paul!

 


Good food, good wine, good girlfriends--what more does one need for a fun evening out? How about the chance to win designer bags and fine jewelry? It's our first Bling & Bags Bingo event, don't miss it! 


April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month, which is why we chose April 12 to hold our inaugural Bling & Bags Bingo event at the Landings in Ft. Myers. Ticket price of only $45 gets you heavy hors d'oeuvres (enough to make it your dinner!), door prize ticket and 12 bingo game cards for a chance to win high-end bags and bling. Opportunities to purchase additional game cards and raffle tickets for lavish baskets increase your odds of winning something fabulous!


Larry Hart, Lee County Tax Collector, will be our celebrity Bingo Caller. For those of you who know Mr. Hart...need we say more? For those who don't, let's just say his dry wit and humor is sure to make the evening entertaining!


Sponsorships are key to the success of any fundraiser. Sponsor opportunities range from $250 to $2000 and include recognition at event, in press releases and the event program. CLICK HERE FOR SPONSOR DETAILS.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE

The Children’s Advocacy Center has an amazing group of women working on its Children’s Protection Team (CPT). Our three
full-time Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners are Diana Smith, Jean Rafacz and Jean Blascoe. While the majority of their time is spent at the agency conducting medical exams, they also travel to other locations to provide services. 

One day a week, families can be scheduled at the Hendry or Charlotte County Health Departments, allowing them to receive services closer to home. The children are referred for CPT services after the Child Abuse Hotline has received a call and Department of Children and Families (DCF) has started its investigation. The families are offered appointments in LaBelle or Port Charlotte if they live in those communities.

                                                                              On Thursdays, one of our nurse practitioners along with one of our CPT 
case coordinators drives to 

                                                                              LaBelle to see families in designated space at the Hendry County Health Department building. A   

                                                                              family assessment is completed by the case coordinator; it includes a family and social history, as

                                                                              well as interviews with the child and parent/guardian.

                                                                              The nurse practitioner meets with the family and child to obtain further family, social,

                                                                              developmental and medical history. She meets privately with the child to discuss the abuse

                                                                              allegations and any physical, sexual, or medical neglect concerns. A physical exam is then

                                                                              performed to address the allegations.


                                                                              The physical includes a head-to- toe exam, just like at a doctor’s office, to inspect the child’s body for injuries and/or risk factors. The child’s height and weight are taken to assess for proper growth and the BMI is calculated to determine whether the child is at a healthy weight. The nurse practitioner also provides health education to the child and family, in particular the topics of wellness and safety.         

The nurse practitioner makes a determination if the child has injuries and/or a history consistent with child physical/sexual abuse or medical neglect. Both the nurse practitioner and case coordinator work together to identify recommendations for the family.

Wednesday is our scheduled day at the Charlotte County Health Department in Port Charlotte. The procedure and services provided are the same as in Ft. Myers and Labelle, with the addition of several services offered by Charlotte County Health Department including WIC, vaccines and dental care for children. Our nurse practitioner can refer and assist the families for these services.

Providing CPT services in outlying communities allows families to stay within their community to access services closer to home. The families are seen for a single appointment based on the allegations reported to the Child Abuse Hotline.


In addition to our CPT staff who travels to provide services, we have two Family Alliance therapists who meet with clients off-site. In Hendry County, the United Way House in Labelle donates an office for us to work out of one day a week. Our therapist sees clients there from both Hendry and Glades counties. Our therapist who travels to Charlotte County also meets with clients one day per week, at the Family Service Center in Port Charlotte. At both locations we provide individual and family therapy, and serve adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well.