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CASA: Evidence of Effectiveness

By Mickey Edwards, SOS CASA of the Flint Hills Director Since its creation by a family court judge in Seattle, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has become one of the most effective programs of its kind. Today there are 951 CASA programs around the country. The SOS CASA of the Flint Hills program serves Lyon and Chase County children caught in the court system due to
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Children provided a safe environment at CVEC

By Deb Schneider, SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center Director The SOS Child Visitation & Exchange Center (CVEC) has been open in Emporia for the last 16 years. Even though I’ve lived in Emporia more than 30 years, I was unaware of the CVECs existence. For the past six years, I have been the director of the center and have realized the importance of
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SOS – simply a call for help!

Susan Faler, Community Relations Director “SOS” is the international call sent out by ship or plane indicating that help or rescue is needed. SOS isn’t an acronym – it stands for nothing at all – except help! Just like the local non-profit organization SOS, Inc., there is not special significance in the letters themselves, just simply – a call for help. SOS, Inc. is
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From little seeds grow mighty trees

By Susan Faler, Community Relations Director Have you wondered how SOS makes a difference for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect? SOS has grown the last 39 years, just like the seeds we plant with our clients and community. It’s often hard to see change in our work and progress can be slow, but we continue to sow and cultivate the
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Password Protect our Future

The following rules apply to your password. Use one capital letter, one number and one symbol. The symbol cannot be a * ( ) $ or !. No spaces, no running ………… Ahhhhh! We live in a society literally locked with all of the rules about passwords and the growing instances of identity theft.

But there is one item we have failed to “password protect,” OUR CHILDREN!
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We all have a role to play in ending child abuse

By the time you finish reading this, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000 and four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser.All in a single day. When we take stock of these sobering statistics during April – National Child Abuse Prevention
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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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The Truth About Sexting

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs via mobile phones. Recent data shows that 30% of teenagers engage in sexting. A teenager choosing to take a sexually explicit photograph of themselves and then send it to someone very likely doesn’t understand the seriousness of that choice. Sending a sexually explicit picture of a minor (even themselves) is the distribution of
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