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April 2019

#champagneanddiamonds 2019 Success

One last thank you to all those that donated, supported, or attended #champagneanddiamonds2019.  This event brought in just over $21,000 (prior to expenses) and is very meaningful in the services we provide. Our Center operates heavily off of grants and there is a 20% match requirement by our primary grant that cannot come from State or Federal funding. These funds must come from fundraising or private donations. If you played any part in this event, you helped provide services to children reported to have been abused. Thank you for being a part of what we do.


More on House Bill 739

House Bill 739 will allow school districts to contact a potential employee’s former employer and inquire about any violations that may have occurred during their employment. The former employer will be required to disclose the actual violation of the schools’ regulations as it pertains to any sexual misconduct with a student. This bill will also require criminal background checks for school volunteers for those having regular one-on-one contact with students or who have access to student records. Wins for Missouri children! Read the full article here:  https://newsroom.house.mo.gov/news/918

Milan Elk's Lodge Makes Donation

The North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center was presented with a check for $730.00 by David Oder, Exalted Ruler of the Milan Elk’s Lodge #2819. These funds were the proceeds from a dinner held for the Advocacy Center on March 31, 2019. Receiving the check is our Forensic Interviewer, Tammy Nickell.

Milan Elk's Dinner

Stewards of Children Presented to Law Enforcement

Stewards of Children (Darkness to Light) training was presented to members of the Hamilton Police Department and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office on April 3. It was presented to the Milan Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office on April 4. We commend these law enforcement officers for taking the time to learn more about protecting kids from child sexual abuse. These are extremely hard cases to investigate. Stewards of Children uses real people and real stories to show adults how to protect children, built off of a 5 Step foundation. It’s not as hard as you think and everyone can do something. If you would like this training brought to your group or community, let us know.

1) Learn the Facts

2) Minimize Opportunity

3) Talk About It

4) Recognize the Signs

5) React Responsibly