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Working together to keep kids safe

The Southeast Alaska Family Evaluation (S.A.F.E.) Child Advocacy Center provides a safe space for children to receive a comprehensive response to alleged maltreatment. The S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center comprises child forensic interviewers, family advocates and nurses who maintain thorough and ongoing training. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team made up of various community professionals, the S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center supports abuse prevention and the safety, well-being and healing of abused and neglected children and families of Southeast Alaska.

The S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center has been in Juneau since 2001 and has been accredited by the National Children's Alliance since 2007. It is a proud program of Catholic Community Service, providing videotaped forensic interviews, forensic medical examinations, case management services, mental health counseling referrals, crisis intervention, family advocacy, courtroom preparation, community education and domestic violence intervention. The S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center's ultimate goal is to foster a comfortable, child-friendly environment where children can tell their stories of abuse through a process designed to minimize trauma and support a healthy navigation in the aftermath of maltreatment.

While there has been an ongoing rise in the number of child maltreatment cases during the pandemic, the number of actual reports is decreasing. With children having less access to school employees, coaches, after-school programs, etc., to whom they might report abuse, they are spending more time in harm's way. With the help of a generous donation from the Juneau Glacier Rotary, the S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center is reaching out to Southeast Alaska's communities for support of our new campaign: Southeast for Safe Kids! We need you to do your part and make a difference in a child's life.

How you can help

LOOK: Be aware of unexplained injuries; changes in behavior, sleeping and eating habits; and inappropriate sexual or risk-taking behaviors.

LISTEN: Remain calm and allow the child to talk, show interest and concern, reassure, and support the child. Always believe the child.

REPORT: Take action by calling 800-478-4444 or emailing reportchildabuse@alaska.gov. You can also call your local child advocacy center with any questions about reporting at 907-463-6157.

Take action to keep kids safe!

If you're aware of a child in danger, reach out to the S.A.F.E. Child Advocacy Center at 907-463-6157.

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