(Towanda, PA) – The Children’s House Child Advocacy Center (CHCAC) is now a Community Education Partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose
mission is to find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.
NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.
The Children’s House is the first and only organization in Pennsylvania to become a Community Education Partner with NCMEC and was selected to expand the reach of critical prevention education to youth, partners,
and professionals who serve them.
As a community education partner, The Children’s House has been trained to provide cyber safety presentations on inappropriate content, online privacy, cyberbullying, sexting, and online enticement, as well as
preventing abduction and empowering kids to practice safer behaviors. Age-appropriate presentations are available at no cost for school-aged children in grades K-12. Presentations are also available for parents,
guardians, community members, and child-serving organizations.
“While the center provides services to child abuse victims, we strive to reduce the need for services.
“Offering various prevention programs such as NetSmartz® and KidSmartz® through NCMEC will help to drastically decrease the number of victimized children in our community,” stated Brittney Eiklor, Executive Director of The Children’s House. “As children spend more and more time on the internet, online safety is more important than
ever. We know that ongoing conversations with kids about online safety is the best way to protect them from online exploitation. NCMEC has a collection of data-informed prevention resources for parents and guardians as well as children of all ages, where they can learn more about how to stay safe online and in-person. These presentations are a great tool to help get these important conversations started.”
The Children’s House Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce trauma to children who have experienced abuse and their families by providing a safe and supportive
environment through a collaboration of community agencies.
The Children’s House utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach to keeping kids safe in Bradford and Sullivan Counties, by partnering with law enforcement, Children and Youth Services, prosecution, medical providers, mental health professionals, advocates and
interviewers. The center offers case coordination/tracking, forensic interviews, medical examinations, family/victim advocacy, trauma-focused therapy, and prevention education at no cost to the community.
To learn more about The Children’s House and to schedule a training visit www.chcac.org/prevention-education-and-outreach.