Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month

It is the responsibility of adults to provide the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments that help children thrive. We encourage everyone to support families and keep children safe. There are several things you can do to raise awareness and impact positive change during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County is asking everyone to wear BLUE every Friday in April to help us raise awareness about child abuse prevention.  So wear blue, take a selfie and post it to our Facebook page @CACofSedgwickCounty and/or Instagram @cac_SedgwickCounty with the hashtag #WearBlue2022! and/or #GoBlueICT.    Help us reach as many people as possible with child abuse prevention information by following us on social media and sharing our posts! 

ACEs & Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Virtual Zoom

Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. This one-hour documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope” examines into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.

Internet Safety & Cyberbullying

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County 1211 S. Emporia, Wichita, KS

Parents, caregivers and educators remain the first line of defense in protecting children against the potential dangers lurking online. This presentation is designed to educate, equip and empower adults with the knowledge and resources needed to help protect children from online dangers including predators, cyber bullies and threats related to gaming, social networking and mobile devices.

CACSC Tuesday Tour

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County 1211 S. Emporia, Wichita, KS

Join us for a guided tour of the CACSC. You will see our child-friendly environment and learn about all of the professionals that work together to provide a health, hope, healing, and justice to victims of child abuse in our community.

CRIBS Symposium

Mark Arts 1307 N. Rock Road, Wichita, KS

Center for Research for Infant Birth and Survival 2022 Symposium

Special Event: Human Trafficking in Kansas – An Overview

Virtual Zoom

This training will provide a general overview of human trafficking in Kansas. The speaker from the Office of the Attorney General will provide information on Kansas specific data regarding trafficking, victim and offender profiles, understanding the driving forces behind this issue, and a review of state and federal laws addressing trafficking. Additionally, we will discuss the role of the public to support intervention efforts and outline resources for those impacted by human trafficking.

(Español) Darkness to Light – Que es Stewards of Children

Virtual Zoom

Con el sueño de un mundo donde los niños puedan crecer felices, sanos y a salvo, Darkness to Light se compromete a facultar a las personas para prevenir el abuso sexual de menores. Creemos que la protección de los niños es responsabilidad de los adultos y que gracias a la educación y la capacitación, estarán facultados para actuar.

Protective Parenting

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County 1211 S. Emporia, Wichita, KS

Protective Parenting is an in-depth discussion about child sexual abuse issues that is appropriate for parents, caregivers, and community members and includes topics such as grooming, physical and behavioral signs, and how to support a child if they disclose that they have experienced sexual abuse. Participants will also learn about resources and suggestions for talking to children about body safety and consent. This program is court approved.

Special Event: Bruises, Burns and Breaks

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County 1211 S. Emporia, Wichita, KS

You will not want to miss this opportunity!  Dr. Katherine Melhorn will explain the multidisciplinary approach to child physical abuse, the seven deadly sins of childhood, characteristics of injuries caused by abuse, provide case discussion and so much more. This training is for law enforcement, social workers, and medical professionals.

Preventing Infant Abuse with the Period of PURPLE Crying

Virtual Zoom

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby's life when they cry more than any other time. Infants who cry a lot or are awake and fussy at night are a source of concern for many parents. Because of the normal increase in crying that occurs in the first months of a baby's life, parents and caregivers usually have questions. Crying is the most frequently reported trigger for why a parent or caregiver would shake a baby. Early prevention education is the key to decreasing the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome primary prevention program, created by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Come learn about the Kansas strategy, how PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state, how the program was selected, and the research behind it. This training is geared toward those professionals who are working with families with new babies, whether through child care, home visitation programs, health departments, clinics, etc. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.

Protecting Children: Recognizing & Responding (Mandated Reporter)

Virtual Zoom

Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and more, are mandated reporters. This means that they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Participants of this training will be able to define the various types of abuse and neglect, identify signs and symptoms of each type, and address areas of risk and protective factors. In addition, participants will learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure, and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws. This training is approved by KDHE for  2.0 child care licensing hours.

Darkness to Light Stewards of Children

Virtual Zoom

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-based prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We know that when adults are informed, they take steps to protect children from sexual abuse. During the award-winning Steward of Children prevention training, you will hear from survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You will hear from experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis. Lastly, you will find concrete steps that you can take to protect the children in your life.