April 2024 Newsletter

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have been busy planning events, campaigns, and friendly competitions.

2nd annual

Fore! The Kids

The University of Florida’s Child Advocacy Center in conjunction with the UF Child Protection Team are hosting Fore! The Kids, Chippin’ Away at Child Abuse Golf Tournament on April 27, 2024, at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club to benefit the UF-CAC. Join us in spreading awareness and supporting the children in our community!

Person playing golf

Change 4 Change

We challenge the Sherriff’s Office and Police Department in each county to drop their loose change or dollars in a jar throughout the month of April.

Coins spilling from a money jar on table with white background.

Blue Badges Campaign

Blue Badges

During the month of April, the following law enforcement agencies will be wearing blue badges to spread awareness about child abuse prevention

  • Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
  • Union County Sheriff’s Office
  • Levy County Sheriff’s Office
  • Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dixie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  • Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chiefland Police Department
  • Williston Police Department
  • Lake City Police Department
  • Live Oak Police Department

Local CAC Impact

Your local CAC is: The University of Florida Child Advocacy Center (UF-CAC)

Your local CAC served 456 NEW children in 2023:

  • 161 Levy County Children
  • 67 Gilchrist County Children
  • 70 Dixie County Children
  • 128 Bradford County Children
  • 30 Union County Children

28 children received free trauma-informed, evidence-based mental health treatment in 2023.

UF-CAC’s programs include:

Free mental health services, advocacy, case management, and a child-friendly environment for all investigative agencies to collaborate at a single location.

A Local Success Story:

“We had a child come through our CAC because of allegations of child sexual abuse against a neighbor. The child was having such severe anxiety and trauma-related symptoms she would have panic attacks that would require immediate medical attention. The child was referred to the UFCAC for case management and counseling services. After engaging in case management services, the child and caregiver were able to obtain an injunction against the alleged perpetrator. After engaging in counseling services, the child is now able to process and cope with her trauma without resulting in intense medical issues. The family reports the child is doing great and she really enjoys attending counseling appointments.”

Outstanding Needs:

  • Gas gift cards for clients
  • Clothing
  • Diapers/pull-ups/wipes
  • Blankets / comfort items
  • Monetary donations for
  • operational supplies