The Child Advocacy Center’s New Home
In September 2008, due to damage from Tropical Storm Faye, the Center was forced to relocate from our building donated by local benefactors to a rented space. The community supported our unexpected move with a huge outpouring of support in the way of furniture, décor, treats for our staff and encouraging sentiments. While our new home fits us well, the expense of rent and utilities is one we haven’t been faced with in the past. Having a child-friendly environment and adequate space for our staff to provide services on a daily basis is vital to the mission of the CAC.
Please consider donating to the Child Advocacy Center. Each dollar of your donation will assist us in keeping the doors open for the more than 500 children, non-offending family members, and siblings we serve on a daily basis. With your help, we can meet our goal of serving the nearly 5,000 children reportedly abused in Alachua County each year.
Forensic Interviewing and Case Management
Each time we receive an allegation of abuse or neglect we bring together the child, caregiver, and investigating agencies for a Forensic Interview conducted by our specially trained interviewer. The children are treated to a snack and a juice and the family has an opportunity to sit with a case manager and therapist to ensure their needs are met.
After the interview, each child picks out a toy, book or blanket provided to us through generous donors. Often times, the family is also in need of immediate assistance with securing food, gasoline, and even clothing. Our case management staff does their best to provide information and assistance in these cases.
If you would like to donate to the Forensic Interview or Case Management programs please consider donating items such as toys, juice, snacks, and especially gift cards for teens, gas stations, grocery stores, and general use for our families.
The CAC is fortunate to be able to uniquely provide Play Therapy to the children we serve and offer therapeutic services to their non-offending family members and siblings. Play Therapy uses the language of children – Play – to help with healing. Play therapy allows the therapist to create a special, child-friendly environment with therapeutic games and toys creating a comfortable place for children to deal with feelings. Because of the volume of children served by our Center every year, we often have a wait-list for therapy. The unique Play Therapy techniques employed by our therapists significantly improve the traumatic symptoms left when children are abused or severely neglected. This includes nightmares, bed wetting, and school related behavioral issues. Intervening and providing therapy at an early age also helps to break the cycle of violence in our community.
Please consider supporting the therapy program through the items listed to the right and through financial contributions to the therapy department.
Donate Online Now
Click here to donate securely online:
Or you may mail donations to:
Child Advocacy Center
PO Box 1128
Gainesville, FL 32602-1128
The Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and contributions to the Center are eligible for charitable contribution deductions.
Other Ways to Help
- Friends of the CAC
Further, you can show your continued support of the Child Advocacy Center by becoming a Friend of the CAC. For a $50 minimum yearly contribution you can become a Friend and help sustain and grow the Center over the long term.
- Stop Child Abuse License Plates
When you purchase the Stop Child Abuse license plate, you provide $25 to fund critical child abuse prevention programs of Children's Home Society of Florida and The Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Shop at Albertson’s. You can help the Child Advocacy Center by shopping at Albertson's. Please call the CAC at (352)376-9161 and we will send you an Albertson's Community Partnership Card. Present the card each time you shop at an Albertson's store and the CAC receives a percentage of the sales. What a GREAT way to do good!
- Good Search
Search the web using www.Goodsearch.com. Choose the Child Advocacy Center as your charity of choice and earn funds every time you search! OR, add the GoodSearch Child Advocacy Center - Gainesville toolbar to your Internet Explorer or Firefox web browser.
Each time you shop at one of the more than 1,300 participating stores, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to us at no extra cost to you! (you could even save money as the toolbar provides great coupons and deals). The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to us. No registration is required.
- Good Shop
Shop online using www.GoodShop.com. Select your cause and then shop any of the Good Shop retailers to earn funds for the Child Advocacy Center!
- Twice Gifted Knits
Perfect for baby showers, birthday gifts, and those special little ones in your life, shop online at www.twicegiftedknits.com and the CAC receives a part of every profit!
- Laser & Skin Care Center of Gainesville
Get rid of wrinkles and unwanted hair or just be pampered all for a good cause! Visit the Laser & Skin Care Center of Gainesville and portion of your treatment will be donated to the Child Advocacy Center. Please visit www.gainesvillelasercenter.com and contact Suzy Forbes today for more information!
- Sponsorships and Donations
You can also help the CAC by attending, sponsoring or donating auction items to our events. Please see the upcoming events page for more information.
- Frequent Flyer Miles
Individuals and companies may be able to donate unused frequent flyer miles on commercial airlines. This is particularly valuable to our yearly conferences and events when flying in trainers and creating auction packages is a challenge. If you wish to contribute frequent flyer miles, kindly email Margot@childadvocacycentergainesville.org or call us at (352) 376-9161.
- Airline Tickets
The CAC is mandated to provide year round trainings and an annual conference. In addition, staff often is required to travel for trainings and updates in their field. Airline tickets are also most appreciated as additions to event silent auctions. If you wish to donate airline tickets please contact us by email or phone at (352) 376-9161.