Kids First

Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District

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P.O. Box 928

Lenoir City, TN 37771

865.986.1505

It’s Treasure Time in Tennessee!

Get your Christmas shopping done early this year and support the CAC at the same time!  Join us:

Saturday, August 14th at 6 pm at
Ellis Auction Gallery and Furniture Liquidation
located at 236 South Roane St., Harriman, TN 37748.

Items up for auction include new collectible Christmas ornaments, vintage jewelry, gift baskets, sports memorabilia and much more!  Plan to attend this lively event and help us “Inspire Hope and Healing for Children”!

For more information please see the flyer below or contact Darcy at the CAC at 865-986-1505.

Treasure Time in Tennessee Flyer

 

One Voice One God Concert

The first Annual “One Voice One God” Concert is being held at the War Memorial Building in Lenoir City on August 28th. The event will host five youth Christian bands, each to have 45 minutes of play time with a 15-minute setup time in between the performances.  During each of those 15-minute intervals a representative from one of the churches will speak to the crowd as will the Executive Directors of both Habitat for Humanity and the Child Advocacy Center. The event is FREE and all are welcome. There will be a few food trucks and face painting for the kids. An information booth for Habitat for Humanity and the Child Advocacy Center will be set up outside with one for the various churches involved.  Organizations and churches not directly involved with the event are welcomed to set up tables and are encouraged to join the live entertainment.  Any love offerings or donations made during the concert will benefit local non-profits: Habitat for Humanity and the Child Advocacy Center.

OVOG Concert 2021

 

Aim for Advocacy 2021

Kids First will be having “Aim for Advocacy” on Friday, September 24th.  This event invites shooters of all skill levels to participate in a 10 station clay shoot.  Shooters can register individually or in teams of 4 for two flights-9:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Registration for both flights will take place 30 minutes prior to the start of the flight.  Both mail in registration and in person the day of the event will be accepted.  

Lunch is provided with your registration and awards will be given out after the event.  Raffle items and door prizes will also be offered!

Directions, registration and sponsorship information is available on the flyer below.  

Aim for Advocacy 2021

 

Consider Volunteering at the Child Advocacy Center

We are looking for volunteers to help with various areas in our organization. Those areas include:   helping with fundraisers/events, answering the phone, providing snacks/greeting clients who come into our center, and help with collating the quarterly newsletter for mail out.   Assistance is also needed with keeping an eye on our younger clients while they are in the waiting area and playing with them when asked by the child.   In these instances they are too young to be left alone while the non-offending care-givers are meeting with the therapists, or some of our older kids want us to play games with them while their parents are in with the therapists.

In order to volunteer a background check will need to be performed since our agency works with children between the ages of 3 and 17. You are also required to have had a recent TB test and statement of good health from your primary physician.   If you find that you would like to volunteer,  please contact Darcy at the Child Advocacy Center at (865) 986-1505 or by email at dnavratil@cac9jd.org or submit a volunteer application through our website on our “How You Can Help Page”.

Our business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Volunteer’s would be needed approximately a couple of hours a week.

Thank you for your interest!

Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District

Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District serves children that have been identified by the Department of Children’s Services as having been severely physically and/or sexually abused.

In 2016-2017, Kids First CAC provided services to 352 victims of child abuse. The over-whelming majority of the children were victims of sexual abuse with the average victim an 8 year old female. The belief is that most children are abused by strangers but statistically nothing could be farther from the truth. Most children know their offender. In 2016-2017, 133 offenders were identified as a parent, step-parent other relative or a parent’s live-in paramour, and 71 offenders were known to their child victims (for some children there could be multiple offenders).

It is for this reason we deliver a school-based intervention/prevention program, Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) to schools within the Ninth Judicial District. SCAN is a school-based program and is offered to children in kindergarten, first, third, fifth and seventh grades. The young children enjoy a puppet show while older grades enjoy a video/dvd and discussion about safety and boundaries. The program teaches children about safe and unsafe touches and who to tell if ever in a situation that makes the child uncomfortable or if someone asks the child to keep “secrets” about touches, movies, pictures, etc…

This fiscal year allowed us to serve 24 schools, 3,864students through our SCAN Program. A second piece of our Outreach Program is our Teen Mom Education Program. This fiscal year we served 8 teen moms representing Loudon and Meigs Counties. We have been providing our SCAN Program and Teen Mom Education Program to schools for 6 years. The Teen Mom Education Program is a 14 week curriculum, school-based, designed to educate teen moms on child development, age-appropriate discipline, community resources, stress management and potty training. Based on the pre and post test scores, comprehension of child development is demonstrated by these young moms. The program encourages teen moms to graduate high school and is a support group as many of these moms feel isolated. So far, we have seen most of the teen moms we serve graduate high school, not give birth to a second, unplanned child, and there have been no referrals to the Department of Children’s Services for child abuse related to the Teen Moms having completed our program. Our therapy program offered 1,181 therapy sessions with most of the children and non-offending caregivers successfully meeting their therapy goals using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Through grants obtained by Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District and compliments of the Good Neighbors Shoppe of Lenoir City, we have been able to provide an annual district-wide training to our child abuse investigators, department of children’s services (CPS) caseworkers, the District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Officers and the staff of Kids First designed to improve communication among team members, heighten awareness of physical abuse, detect discrepancies among perpetrators, and to rejuvenate the team members that investigate, protect and prosecute offenders of children.

 

Kids First CAC has also recently begun using the nationally recognized prevention program “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children” throughout the community.  Executive Director, Chris Evans-Longmire, is an authorized facilitator of the program which aims to increase awareness of child sexual abuse as well as change and encourage child protective behaviors.  The program, delivered in a 2.5 hour session includes videos and commentary by adult survivors and experts in the field as well as a discussion component.  Businesses, local organizations, schools, churches and individuals are encouraged to contact Chris at our office to schedule the presentation.  More information about the program can be found at the Darkness to Light website at www.d2l.org.  Help Kids First be proactive in their efforts to become Stewards of Children and work toward changes that will protect the children in our community from sexual abuse!


Our Mission is TO HEAL THE PAIN OF CHILD ABUSE.

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