Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola Hosts Recognition Event




KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 2, 2015) – It’s a staggering statistic: Every 47 seconds, another child in the U.S. suffers from abuse or neglect1. In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April, Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Osceola and community leaders gathered to kick off the month with a strong message: Hope.


“While April is nationally recognized as a time to raise awareness around the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect, our commitment to shielding vulnerable children from experiencing these tragedies is year-round,” said Glen Casel, president and CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida, the region’s lead nonprofit organization overseeing foster care, adoption and other child welfare services. “Every day, we strive to prevent child abuse before it starts. As a community, we can all agree that when one child is hurting, that’s one too many.”


Speakers included Bill D’Aiuto, regional managing director at Department of Children and Families (DCF); Zackary Gibson, chief child advocate at the Governor’s Office; a former youth in foster care, and Joy Chuba, executive director of Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola.
“Too often, we hear about the bad news related to being a victim of child abuse and neglect,” said Chuba. “During April, we have an opportunity to highlight the good news – that child abuse and neglect is preventable.  Osceola County is proud to have the support of so many providers and community leaders who join together with action to support to the health and wellness of Osceola County’s children.”


The event was open to the public and attendees had the opportunity to connect with more than 20 direct service providers, participate in children’s activities, register for free child safety identification cards, and enjoy live entertainment.
During the month of April, pinwheel gardens will be displayed across Osceola County to highlight the need for child abuse prevention. If you ever suspect abuse, CAC and Community Based Care urge you to call 1-800-96-ABUSE.

About Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola County

Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola County (CAC) is part of the CBC Family of Companies – the leading nonprofit organization serving foster children and families at risk in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Since 2002, CAC has worked to reduce trauma and promote healing for child abuse victims and their families by providing community education and facilitating a coordinated, multi-agency response to abuse allegations. With more than 770 organizations nationwide, the CAC approach has been endorsed by the American Bar Association as a best practice in responding to abuse allegations, and the Osceola facility holds the nation’s highest level of accreditation. To learn more, visit www.osceolakids.com.

About Community Based Care of Central Florida
Community Based Care of Central Florida serves more than 3,000 children and their families as the leading nonprofit organization overseeing foster care, adoption and other child welfare services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. For more information, visit wwwProtectAndInspire.org, “like” Community Based Care of Central Florida on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CBCCFL or follow it on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBCCF.


1 http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/moments-in-america.html