Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers

The SOS Child Advocacy Center was fortunate to have Cerina Marlar from the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers come to visit last week!  Cerina is the Program Manager of Mental Health and Victim Advocacy and made a special trip to Kansas to tour numerous Child Advocacy Centers in Kansas as well as attend our state Child Advocacy Centers meeting.  She spent time at our
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Safe Teen Dating

With 1 in 3 teens being in an abusive relationship it is important for parents and teens to know how to stay safe in a dating relationship.  When first meeting someone that you are considering going on a date with it is important to think of all the options that you may have.  One of the easiest options might be to go on a
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P.S. It’s My Body!

Happy Bear mascot with two young children in a classroom setting

When most people think of coming into contact with a six foot tall bear the most common feeling is fear! However, not when our friendly 6 foot tall Happy Bear comes to visit. Happy Bear is a friendly character in a personal safety curriculum called P.S. It’s My Body!, which is used by SOS advocates in local schools. He is a loving bear that teaches safety to children beginning at preschool age and used most often until 1st grade.
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CASA Volunteers Sworn In

Casa volunteers with Judge Larson in courtroom

New CASA volunteers Susan Marsh and Nicole Shepard are sworn in by Judge Jeffry Larson to begin service in the Fifth Judicial District! After a screening process, new CASA volunteers participate in comprehensive volunteer training over the course of five weeks.  This training, the format of which is half online and half in a classroom setting, prepares CASA volunteers for important advocacy work as
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Pasture Golf Fundraiser to Benefit the SOS Child Advocacy Center

SOS is so excited to share this fun family focused fundraising opportunity! PrairieLand Partners, Inc. is hosting Pasture Golf to raise funds for the SOS Child Advocacy Center. This video explains the history behind Pasture Golf and what kind of fun you will encounter while participating this year! Pasture Golf – Partner with us… Hosted by: PrairieLand Partners, Inc. (John Deere) Beneficiaries: S.O.S. Child
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Back To School Resources

Where has our summer gone?  It is time to start thinking about heading back to school! Book bags, pencils, school clothes, and shoes.  All of those back to school items add up fast!  Luckily our community has some great back to school events to help families get ready without breaking the bank! Back To School Giveaway! August 3rd, 2013 from 8-11 @ Grace United
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Top 10 Reasons To Use A Child Visitation and Exchange Center

  Child Visitation and Exchange Centers is a positive and neutral environment for families. The home like atmosphere of Child Visitation and Exchange Centers is comforting and calming for children. Staggered arrival and departure times for parents ensures no contact between parties, reducing stress for the entire family. Child Visitation and Exchange Centers are staffed with highly trained visitation supervisors. Families can refer themselves
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Support Funding for the Victims of Child Abuse Act

Last year, 124 abused children walked through the door of the SOS Child Advocacy Center.  And, while it is shocking to think of those numbers in our great community, I am so glad that we were there to help them find safety and healing while holding their abuser accountable. It hasn’t always been like that in Emporia.  Prior to the development of the SOS
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