Child Abuse Prevention Classes

The Fannin County Children’s Center is offering free child abuse prevention classes for adults. The classes are ideal for parents, teachers, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and others who work with children and youth.

One class is called “Recognizing & Reporting.” It utilizes video, class discussion and case studies. Learning objectives include: the realities of child abuse, detailing who becomes victims, who the likely perpetrators are and the prevalence of abuse in all communities, the legal definitions, signs and symptoms of child abuse, how to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure of abuse, how to make a report and how to overcome one’s fear’s and barriers around reporting. This class will be offered two times: on March 17 and April 23. Both classes will be from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Elizabeth May Room at First United Bank in Bonham.

The other class for adults is called “Stewards of Children.” This class utilizes video, interactive workbooks and class discussion. Topics covered include how to recognize signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, how to react to a child making a disclosure of sexual abuse, as well as steps that individuals and organizations can take to prevent sexual abuse of children. This class will be offered twice: on March 26 and April 30. Both classes will be from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Elizabeth May Room at First United Bank in Bonham.

All participants who successfully complete either class will receive a certificate. Thanks to generous donors, there is no charge for the classes. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register on-line at www.fanninccc.org.

Children’s Center staff are also available to come to a school, church, business or other location to teach these classes to adults, free of charge to groups of 8 or more. To learn more and arrange this, contact Andrea Lappin at andrea@fanninccc.org or (903) 583-4339.

The Fannin County Children’s Center has been serving children since 1993. The nonprofit agency’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. In addition to child abuse prevention classes, the center’s programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center, Rainbow Rooms, School Supply Fair and Christmas Drive. For more information, go to www.fanninccc.org or call (903) 583-4339.

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