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As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, Mission Kids provides two evidence-based prevention programs addressing child sexual abuse throughout Montgomery County. These programs help reduce the number of children victimized in our community. While Mission Kids has outstanding services to child sexual abuse victims, it is our desire to reduce and eliminate the needs for services. Research has clearly demonstrated the lifelong, devastating effects of child sex abuse. It is our goal to reduce the number of child sexual abuse victims.

“ROAR” is a child-based education program that teaches children ages 4-8 body safety and empowers them to raise their voices to speak out against abuse. The interactive and easy to implement lesson is designed to be taught in a classroom or group setting. A lion named Rex and his animal friends take children on journey to find his ROAR, a simple and memorable acronym that teaches children that their bodies are their own and empowers children to stand up against abuse.

ROAR empowers children to understand personal body safety, speak out against abuse, and identify three safe adults to go to when they feel unsafe.

Watch Comcast Newsmakers featuring Mission Kids’ ROAR Program

Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It’s the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

We know that when adults are trained, they take the steps to protect children from sexual abuse. Participants will learn from survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. Participants will also learn from experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis and will find concrete steps that they can take to protect the children in their lives.

For more information, or to schedule your FREE “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children” Training, please contact Michelle McDyre or call 484-687-2990, ext. 1016.

Child Abuse & Trauma-informed Classrooms: A Collaborate Workshop

Mission Kids has partnered with Creative Health Services to provide educators and school personnel with a Collaborative Workshop that explores the effects of child abuse and trauma on children and the impact on their behavior in the classroom and their overall academic performance.

Learn from Creative Health’s Kala Fell, LMFT, who is the on-site Trauma Therapist and Clinical Liaison to Mission Kids, along with Michelle McDyre, Prevention Education & Outreach Manager at Mission Kids. This workshop is perfect for in-service days or professional development days for school employees. This workshop is dynamic and can be tailored to the needs, interests, and time constraints of the audience.

Workshop Learning Objectives include:

  • Participants will learn about the dynamics of child abuse and the signs, symptoms, and short-term and long-term effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences, which will help them address the needs of individual students who have experienced child abuse or other trauma.
  • Participants will learn how trauma affects classroom performance and academic achievement
  • Participants will learn how to foster a “wellness culture” for students who may have experienced trauma and feel more empowered to use a trauma-informed approach.
  • By understanding the dynamics and effects of child abuse and trauma, participants will be better able to integrate this knowledge more deeply into the day-to-day life students in order to improve learning and raise academic achievement.

Childhood Trauma Affects at least 1 in 4 students in EVERY classroom ... EVERY day.

For more information, or to bring this Collaborative Workshop to your school, please contact Michelle McDyre or call 484-687-2990, ext. 1016.

As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, Mission Kids facilitates trainings, speaking engagements, and presentations, and attends fairs and community outreach events. While the specific focus of our education programming is directed to elementary-aged students, educators, child-serving professionals, community leaders, businesses, and foster care families, presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of any groups or organizations. 

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