Caring & Sharing November 13, 2009 – 8:30-10am 2900 S. College Ave., Fort Collins In attendance: Brownie McGraw, Pam Rud, Mark Dorr, Beth Chilson, Daniel Schmidt, Laura Hunt, Carol Aguero, Lauren Powers, Lisa Ratajczak, Elise Tobler, Anne Marie Pyle, Lisa Sandoval, Yesenia Perez, Andrea Bloomquist, Jerri Howe, Fawn Leaf, Lizzy Slatt, Ana Sluss, Kit Harden, Katie Reiff, Kim Sharpe NOTES Presentation about the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center Laura Hunt, Kit Harden and Ana Sluss presented about the work of the Larimer County Child Advocacy Center. The center has been in existence for 13 years. It primarily provides forensic interviews for sexually abused kids so they only have to tell their story once. The center doesn’t conduct investigations, so those who are are present at the interviews (in another room watch via video camera). They interview about 400 kids (under 18 years) every year. The average age of disclosure is 9 years old. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually molested by the time the turn 18. Ninety percent (90%) of offenders are an acquaintance of their victims. The center is now working on prevention through increased awareness. They provide “Stewards of Children” training for adults. For every person who takes the training, 10 kids are better protected. They center also does a training called “Talking About Touching” in about five Poudre School District elementary schools for grades K-3rd (they want to increase this to 10-12 schools). The Thompson School District provides a “CAP” training that’s similar for grades 2 and 4. There are a total of five lessons in the Talking About Touching curriculum and a letter about each lesson goes home to parents so they can be aware of what their child is learning. Additionally, the center partners with the Fort Collins Police Department to provide an Internet safety course each month. It’s held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6- 8pm at the FCPD. It’s FREE. The next training will be held on Dec. 1. Email Ana Sluss if you’re interested in attending. (email@example.com). There also was mention of a book written by Jon Holsten, a local police officer, called The Swimsuit Lesson. (www.theswimsuitlesson.com). Plus, the CAC has a list of normal sexual behaviors on its website. Round Robin Discussion Pam Rud, Boys & Girls Club of Fort Collins – announced the opportunity for families to participate in the 2010 Family Leadership Training. Contact Jacque Miller at 970-498- 6014 or via email - firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or go to: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs042/1102036689712/archive/1102622309755.html and click on the Nov. 15 issue or NEWS from HCC for more information. Katie Reiff, Macdonald Family Charity – thank everyone for submitting applications for this round of dreams they charity wants to grant to eligible kids. Andrea Bloomquist, United Way of Larimer County – announced there will be a Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the new Council Tree Library in Fort Collins. Lizzy Slatt, Sexual Assault Victims Advocates (SAVA) – SAVA will be holding an advocate training in February. Applications are due Dec. 1. Dan Schmidt, Crossroads Church – announced that Crossroads is looking to help tackle one of the “giants” in Larimer County and would like help identifying what those giants are. Also announced that the church holds a luncheon for single moms on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 12:45pm. Childcare is provided. Lisa Ratajczak, City of Fort Collins, announced that the city will be hosting two open houses for qualifying families to register for reduced-fee programs. For more information, call 970-221-6360.
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