​For several years, the children in our Pine Manor after school program have created holiday cards at the request of Edison National Bank. The bank chooses one winning design to use as its holiday card for all their clients.

CAC took the winning cards from the last three years and had them printed up and packaged to sell to you! For just $20 we will mail you a package of 12 cards (blank inside) w/envelopes, 4 of each design you see here. If you can pick up your cards at the agency, the cost is only $15!


Mail your check to: Children’s Advocacy Center, 3830 Evans Ave., Ft. Myers FL 33901

To pay by credit card simply go to our DONATE NOW page--please be sure to indicate in the memo field that you are purchasing cards. 

 

 

 

 
 



 


                                                  

To understand what a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) is, you must understand what
children face without one. Without a CAC, the child may end up having to tell the worst
story of his or her life over and over again, to doctors, cops, lawyers, therapists, investigators,
judges, and others. They may have to talk about that traumatic experience in a police station
where they think they might be in trouble, or may be asked the wrong questions by a
well-meaning teacher or other adult that could hurt the case against the abuser.

When police or child protective services believe a child is being abused, the child is brought
to the CAC—a safe, child-focused environment—by a caregiver or other “safe” adult. At the
CAC, the child tells their story once to a trained interviewer who knows the right questions to
ask in a way that does not not retraumatize the child. Then, a team that includes medical
professionals, law enforcement, mental health, prosecution, child protective services, victim
advocacy, and other professionals make decisions together about how to help the child
based on the interview. CACs offer therapy and medical exams, plus courtroom preparation,
victim advocacy, case management, and other services. This is called the multidisciplinary
team (MDT) response and is a core part of the work of CACs.

Reprinted with permission from the National Children’s Alliance.

 


Thank you to the Lee Tax Collector’s N. Ft. Myers office and its customers for their continuing support of the agency. They collected diapers, hygiene items and $640 worth of Publix and Walmart gift cards for our clients—wow!








Thank you to the new Buffalo Wings & Rings in Ft. Myers for choosing us as the beneficiary of its VIP night prior to the grand opening. Staff were able to attend, they had a blast, and $775 was raised for us!








Thank you to Cartridge World Fort Myers & Naples for donating a portion of its proceeds from every sale throughout the month of October. "We believe in the good work the Children’s Advocacy Center is doing for the children in our community and want to help," said Alexander Irigoyen, Cartridge World Franchisee Owner.


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Ho, Ho, Ho...Christmas is Coming!

Holiday Cards by Our Kids for Sale

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it. Which means it’s time to play Santa for those clients of ours who are most in need of help around the holidays. Please consider participating in our Adopt A Family or Angel Tree programs...both are guaranteed to bring out the joy of the season within you!

Every year our staff identifies those families most in need of help during the holidays. Once again we are asking for gifts (unwrapped) for these children, or a cash donation which we will use to purchase gifts. In many instances, we can provide you with a wish list from the family (which might include something for the parents, too) to use as a guide. In general, any new gift for a boy or girl will be appreciated. For teens, gift cards work great!

If you are a business and would like to do an Angel Tree instead, we will provide you with red and green paper angels to hang on your tree, with the gender and age of the child to buy for. No need to wrap the gift, super easy. We’ll even come pick up the items when you’re ready!

This is a wonderful way to  spread the joy of the season. If you are interested in helping, please contact Lisa Rizzio, CAC Development Director, at 239-939-2808 or lrizzio@cac-swfl.org. Thank you!

 


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