The Fannin County Children’s Center has scheduled several free classes for this summer, plus an information session.
On Tuesday, July 25, there will be a come and go information session about volunteer opportunities at the Children’s Center from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Any adults interested in volunteering at the Children’s Center can come and get a tour of the center and talk to staff about the various roles volunteers fill at the center. CASA volunteers are needed to be advocates for children in foster care. Volunteers are also need to organize the Rainbow Room, greet families who come to the Children’s Advocacy Center, prepare school supplies for distribution and more.
Several free training classes are available this summer at the center for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and report child abuse. The classes are designed for parents, teachers, other school personnel, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers and other professionals and volunteers who work with children.
“Stewards of Children” is a 2 hour class that utilities video, workbooks and class discussion to teach adults how to prevent, recognize and report child sexual abuse. The video includes personal stories from survivors of sexual abuse and education from professionals in the child abuse field. This class will be offered on two different days in the summer: June 27 and August 29. Each class will be from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
“Recognizing & Reporting” is a 1.5 hour class that 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. Class options include July 18 or September 5. Each class will be from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
All classes will be held at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. All participants who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate. There is no charge for the classes, thanks to generous support from local donors. Seating is limited.
The Fannin County Children’s Center is a private, non-profit organization. It’s mission is promoting safety and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. Programs include CASA, Children’s Advocacy Center and child abuse prevention efforts.