Kids First

Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District

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P.O. Box 928

Lenoir City, TN 37771


“Walk With Us”

  Annual Dinner and Auction

Our Annual Dinner and Auction was held on May 9th at The Venue in Lenoir City.  The event speakers were Mike Ragsdale and Dawn Johnson. Both Mike and Dawn spoke of “hope” and how the Child Advocacy Center offers hope to victims of child abuse and their non-offending caregivers.  Dr. Peter Stimpson donated a red and white wine to each table for pairing with our dinner entrées.  He spoke about where the wines originated and the type of grapes that were used to produce the wine.  Marty Fugate was our entertaining live Auctioneer and auctioned off two trips, a UT Tailgate package valued at $500, one 3 night and 4 day stay in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains , a special night of cooking with Chef Christian of “Century Harvest Farms”, a football autographed by Josh Dobbs, and two  autographed baseballs by UT Grads and Professional Baseball players: Todd Helton and Luke Hochevar. Our silent auction included various baskets from gracious donors and in keeping with the theme, “Walk With Us”, Janice Carrison led a group of volunteers to decorate every centerpiece which was made of shoes, flowers, plants and fun garden figurines. Meadowview Nursery provided the workspace, flowers, plants and fun garden figurines, thanks Lisa and Rodney! We would like to thank everyone who donated  items, gave of their time, gave monetary donations,  and those that attended our event.  We appreciate each and every one of you making it possible for us to  “heal the pain of child  abuse.”

Back to School Bash!

We held our annual Back-to-School Bash at the Child Advocacy Center on July 26, 2018.  Once again it was a very successful event in which we handed out approximately 40 backpacks to our therapy clients and their siblings.  For the kid’s entertainment we had a bouncy slide, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, pizza and desert.  We also were joined by the Loudon County Sheriff Department’s K-9 Unit and their handlers.  The kids, parents and staff really enjoyed meeting and petting the K-9’s.  We were very grateful to them for volunteering their  time to come to our event.  We would also like to thank The Loudon County United Way for their generous donation of school supplies.  Thanks goes to Oral Baptist Church who also generously provided school supplies and volunteers to stuff the backpacks with the school supplies.  We were also extremely grateful for the monetary donations that were received which assisted us in buying the school supplies we still needed our list.  If you didn’t have the opportunity to donate and wish to do so, feel free to mail your donation to us at the CAC, P.O. Box 928, Lenoir City, TN 37771, or even drop by to visit us at 887 W Hwy 70, Lenoir City, TN 37771.  Your donation is tax-deductible.    All donations are greatly appreciated! Throughout the year we acquire therapy kids who are in need of backpacks and school supplies, therefore we can always use the donations!  Thank you once again to all those who helped make our Back-to-School Bash a success!


How  the proceeds from fundraisers such as these help our agency, Kids First CAC of the 9th Judicial District:

In the Fiscal Year of 2018-2019:

360 children received a Forensic Interview

64% of the children we served were under 12 years of age

326 of the children we served suffered Child Sexual Abuse

43% of offenders were a Parent, Stepparent, Parent’s Paramour or another family member

10 children reported with a Disability

1,132 Therapy sessions were received by 87 child abuse victims

4,410 students enrolled in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, and seventh grades attending 21 schools across the Ninth Judicial District participated in our SCAN (School-based Body Safety Program) Program.

Kids First Provides…

  • Individual and Family Therapy

  • Serving drug-endangered children

  • Providing evidence-based, trauma-focused Therapy

  • Offering Forensic Interviews; Medical Examinations

  • 14 Week Teen Moms or Moms-to-Be School-based

  • Education/Support Program

  • Delivers safety programs to school-aged children

  • Court preparation

  • Direct Assistance to and Training for Local Law Enforcement and the Department of Children’s Services Caseworkers

  • Training to community based and youth-serving organizations using the “Stewards of Children ” program

Kids First is on eBay Giving!

Good news!  Kids First can now benefit from your purchases on eBay!  Simply click on the link to eBay that will take you to our donation page and purchase an item that has been listed for sale.  The donation made by the seller will be automatically delivered to Kids First without any other action from you.  You can also list your own items for sale and designate a portion of the profits to go directly to Kids First!  Happy shopping!


Friends of Kids First Charter Membership Program

In the fall of 2009 a new campaign was started to raise financial support to enable the CAC to continue to provide free needed services to abused children in our district and also child abuse education and prevention programs in our schools.  This campaign is called Friends of Kids First Membership Drive and has successfully continued each year.

 Charter Members:

Individual     $10.00

Family     $25.00

Business     $50.00

Protector/Advocate (Defender) of children     $100.00

Your tax deductible Friends of Kids First membership donation is very much appreciated and valued.  Our 2019-2020 campaign will start in November.


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