Children & Youth

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Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Creates Powerful Mural of Resilience

Every April, the Child Advocacy Center recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month by strengthening connections with the Suffolk County community. Acknowledging the uniqueness of the last year, the CAC sought to create a tangible community-wide project that reflects today’s challenges. This year’s project — a collection of feathers adorned with messages of resilience — empowers youth to persevere in times of crisis.

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Celebrate National Mentoring Month with Chance to Advance

EAC Network’s Chance to Advance mentors — the selfless individuals who build relationships that encourage personal growth — help shape the lives of youth in foster care. The support they provide has been responsible for improving the quality of life of countless young people. This January, in recognition of National Mentoring Month, we salute those mentors of Chance to Advance who give so much to help others.

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Child Sex Trafficking: The Realities, Risk Factors and Red Flags

Human trafficking in Suffolk County is far more prevalent than most realize, and many youths who are at-risk of this often fall under the radar.  Approximately 300,000 to 500,000 children are bought for sex in the United States annually.  Every January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is recognized to raise awareness that could potentially help raise awareness and prevent more children from becoming victims of human trafficking. Educate yourself about this important cause, which EAC Network’s Safe Harbour program is dedicated to advancing.

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Considering Local Volunteer Opportunities? New York Times Recommends CASA

In the season of giving, one of the best gifts you can give is your time. Not only will it help those in need, but your altruism will also make your own holidays brighter. If you are interested in local volunteer opportunities, consider EAC Network’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). The New York Times’ opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof recently recommended volunteering with CASA in his annual “Holiday Gift Guide.”

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The Long Island Parenting Institute Strengthens Family Bonds

Parenting is difficult in the best of circumstances and for those parents who have been cited by the court for child neglect and maltreatment, they are certainly in the worst of circumstances. According to the National Children’s Alliance, 367,797 child cases of abuse were reported nationally in 2018, including over…

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EAC Network’s Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC) Hold Virtual Special Education Mediations During COVID-19

  While EAC Network’s Long Island Dispute Resolution Centers (LIDRC) administer a wide range of services, we are highlighting Special Education Mediation specifically because there has been a shift in operations due to the pandemic. We’ve prepared staff and mediators to handle mediations virtually and are successfully holding special education mediations…

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#GoBlue for Child Abuse Prevention Month with EAC Network

EAC Network believes that the safety and well-being of children is a collective responsibility of the whole community. In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we encourage you to join us as we #GoBlue on April 15 to spread awareness of the prevalence of child abuse within our communities…

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CAC Receives Beautiful Dollhouse

We’d love to thank Imagination Dollhouses for Children for our Child Advocacy Center’s new custom-made dollhouse. Imagination Dollhouses for Children is a nonprofit founded in 2008 by Josef Soper who donates his time and energy to build beautiful dollhouses for child advocacy centers around the country.

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