SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County

SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County The mission of SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center is to provide a child-friendly, culturally sensitive environment that promotes the safety and well being of child victims of abuse while facilitating a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team approach.

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After a long week, sometimes all you need is some socialization! Virgil spent his Friday afternoon catching up with his ...
07/30/2021

After a long week, sometimes all you need is some socialization! Virgil spent his Friday afternoon catching up with his SafeSpot friends. How do you unwind after a busy work-week? #FacilityDogFriday

After a long week, sometimes all you need is some socialization! Virgil spent his Friday afternoon catching up with his SafeSpot friends. How do you unwind after a busy work-week? #FacilityDogFriday

We're sending our thanks to The Sims Family for being a Defender Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is q...
07/29/2021

We're sending our thanks to The Sims Family for being a Defender Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is quickly approaching. If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

We're sending our thanks to The Sims Family for being a Defender Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is quickly approaching. If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank the Harry & Zoe Poole Foundation for being a Resiliency Sponsor at the Champions for Childr...
07/29/2021

SafeSpot would like to thank the Harry & Zoe Poole Foundation for being a Resiliency Sponsor at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank the Harry & Zoe Poole Foundation for being a Resiliency Sponsor at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

Grooming is deliberate and never done without purpose. Predators have one goal; to build a trusting connection with thei...
07/28/2021

Grooming is deliberate and never done without purpose. Predators have one goal; to build a trusting connection with their victim in order to desensitize them to the imminent abuse. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Grooming is deliberate and never done without purpose. Predators have one goal; to build a trusting connection with their victim in order to desensitize them to the imminent abuse. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Big news: tennis is officially ON for our 2021 Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! Please join us for a day...
07/27/2021

Big news: tennis is officially ON for our 2021 Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! Please join us for a day filled with golf, tennis, auctions, and prizes. Your support helps us serve more families and children suffering from abuse in Fairfax County.
Register here: www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/

Big news: tennis is officially ON for our 2021 Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! Please join us for a day filled with golf, tennis, auctions, and prizes. Your support helps us serve more families and children suffering from abuse in Fairfax County.
Register here: www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/

"We don’t talk about s*xual abuse because if we do, it makes it real. It is real, whether we acknowledge it or not." Ver...
07/27/2021

"We don’t talk about s*xual abuse because if we do, it makes it real. It is real, whether we acknowledge it or not."

Very well said, The Mama Bear Effect!

Spoiler Alert: children not only can handle being educated about their bodies and what is appropriate behavior- they absolutely need this information in a world where child s*xual abuse continues to affect children of all ages at epidemic levels.

💚As a parents and caregivers, we know that acknowledging our fears comes with the territory of raising children.

✖️Choking, drowning, running into the street, etc. we often remind children of these dangers in an effort to protect them, yet many purposely do not talk about the real issues of child s*xual abuse because of fear. But, we will dare to challenge the root of that fear- it is not children that are afraid, but ourselves.

✖️We don’t talk about s*xual abuse because if we do, it makes it real. It is real, whether we acknowledge it or not.

✖️Conversely, children do not perceive these issues the way we do. When we teach children about keeping privates private, to them- it’s just like anything else - not hitting, holding hands crossing a street, covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze, etc.

✖️Perpetrators are partly undetected in their abuse of young children especially *because* of the lack of awareness being shared with children about appropriate & inappropriate behaviors.

✖️We can absolutely empower young children to know their rights and protections without even using the word s*x. We absolutely must empower children, starting when they are young, because this sets the foundation and goes along with the necessary education we need as adults, to take the necessary steps to reduce risk and build a protective environment by educating our families, friends, caregivers etc.

✖️To us, when an adult says their afraid of scaring their children by talking about body safety, it suggests that person is in need of their own education and empowerment. Abuse prevention is just part of positive parenting and nurturing caregiving. 💚

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Through a coordinated team-effort between SafeSpot Staff and our MDT, we can ensure the protection and safety of childre...
07/26/2021

Through a coordinated team-effort between SafeSpot Staff and our MDT, we can ensure the protection and safety of children and families that visit our center. #MDTAppreciation #MotivationalMonday

Through a coordinated team-effort between SafeSpot Staff and our MDT, we can ensure the protection and safety of children and families that visit our center. #MDTAppreciation #MotivationalMonday

Here's a sneak peek into what Virgil's day consists of while at the office. When he's not hard at work providing endless...
07/23/2021

Here's a sneak peek into what Virgil's day consists of while at the office. When he's not hard at work providing endless love and support to children, he's being doted on by SafeSpot staff! #FacilityDogFriday

Here's a sneak peek into what Virgil's day consists of while at the office. When he's not hard at work providing endless love and support to children, he's being doted on by SafeSpot staff! #FacilityDogFriday

Many thanks to The Balzano Family for becoming the Avenger Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is just ar...
07/22/2021

Many thanks to The Balzano Family for becoming the Avenger Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is just around the corner. If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

Many thanks to The Balzano Family for becoming the Avenger Sponsor! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run is just around the corner. If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank Ryan Berry & The RMR Group for being a Prevention Sponsor at the Champions for Children Eag...
07/22/2021

SafeSpot would like to thank Ryan Berry & The RMR Group for being a Prevention Sponsor at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank Ryan Berry & The RMR Group for being a Prevention Sponsor at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

Groomers will often verbally manipulate children into keeping quiet about abuse. Threats, empty promises, and the fear o...
07/21/2021

Groomers will often verbally manipulate children into keeping quiet about abuse. Threats, empty promises, and the fear of no one believing them will deter a child victim from speaking up and seeking help. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Groomers will often verbally manipulate children into keeping quiet about abuse. Threats, empty promises, and the fear of no one believing them will deter a child victim from speaking up and seeking help. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Be a hero for local children! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run is only 2 months away. Register to become a sp...
07/21/2021

Be a hero for local children! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run is only 2 months away. Register to become a sponsor or runner today, but don't forget to stretch those muscles! Join us before the race for some guided stretch exercises!

www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/

Be a hero for local children! Our Superheroes for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run is only 2 months away. Register to become a sponsor or runner today, but don't forget to stretch those muscles! Join us before the race for some guided stretch exercises!

www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and teens have just spent months stuck at home with their abusers. As our communi...
07/20/2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and teens have just spent months stuck at home with their abusers. As our community, begins to return to a sense of normalcy, we must all do our part to keep children and teens safe.
If you suspect child abuse, don't hesitate! Call Fairfax County Department of Family Services 24-hour hotline or visit their website for more resources.

We all have to watch out for children's safety during COVID-19. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, we can help. The Fairfax County Child Protective Services (CPS) HOTLINE (703-324-7400) is a HELP Line.

Please call if you:
- are concerned about a child's well-being.
- want to report or discuss a possible abuse or neglect situation.
- want advice, counseling, resources or help.
If a child is in immediate danger or is under the age of 7 and unsupervised, please call 911 for an immediate response.

Learn more about what to consider if you suspect child abuse, how to make a report, and resources to help: https://bit.ly/2EQ3Z0i #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou

Virgil and his buddy Rylynn of Fairfax County Department of Family Services, visited the Fairfax County Courthouse this ...
07/16/2021

Virgil and his buddy Rylynn of Fairfax County Department of Family Services, visited the Fairfax County Courthouse this morning. They were a calming presence for all who interacted with them. #Justice#Facilitydogs#FacilitydogFriday

Virgil and his buddy Rylynn of Fairfax County Department of Family Services, visited the Fairfax County Courthouse this morning. They were a calming presence for all who interacted with them. #Justice#Facilitydogs#FacilitydogFriday

SafeSpot would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Marcus's CMHC Internship Class at Marymount University! We are blown...
07/15/2021

SafeSpot would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Marcus's CMHC Internship Class at Marymount University! We are blown away by your kindness and support. Thank you for supporting the SafeSpot Mental Health Team! #ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Marcus's CMHC Internship Class at Marymount University! We are blown away by your kindness and support. Thank you for supporting the SafeSpot Mental Health Team! #ThankfulThursday

Special thanks to John and Jacqui McVey for becoming the Superhero Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k & Fu...
07/15/2021

Special thanks to John and Jacqui McVey for becoming the Superhero Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run! If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

Special thanks to John and Jacqui McVey for becoming the Superhero Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run! If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank our friends, Phil and Marge Odeen, for becoming Title Sponsors at the Champions for Childre...
07/15/2021

SafeSpot would like to thank our friends, Phil and Marge Odeen, for becoming Title Sponsors at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/c4c
#ThankfulThursday

SafeSpot would like to thank our friends, Phil and Marge Odeen, for becoming Title Sponsors at the Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/c4c
#ThankfulThursday

Something almost all parents can agree on; teaching children about healthy development and body safety can be a little a...
07/14/2021

Something almost all parents can agree on; teaching children about healthy development and body safety can be a little awkward at first. However, educating yourself and your child is actually a grooming prevention strategy!
It's important for parents to know that by having these conversations can actually empower children and decrease their risk of abuse. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Something almost all parents can agree on; teaching children about healthy development and body safety can be a little awkward at first. However, educating yourself and your child is actually a grooming prevention strategy!
It's important for parents to know that by having these conversations can actually empower children and decrease their risk of abuse. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

In just one year, studies have shown a decrease in reports regarding child abuse. However, the cases that do get reporte...
07/13/2021
Northern VA nonprofit reports more severe cases of child abuse during pandemic

In just one year, studies have shown a decrease in reports regarding child abuse. However, the cases that do get reported have been found to be severe. Our friends at SCAN of Northern Virginia recently shed some light onto this growing concern. Check out this article and their website for resources and support.

A Northern Virginia child abuse prevention nonprofit reported a startling trend – an increase in the severity of cases.

FORE! We wanted to give you a heads up; our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament will also be hosting a Hole-...
07/13/2021

FORE! We wanted to give you a heads up; our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament will also be hosting a Hole-in-One Competition! Thanks to Don Beyer Auto Group, one lucky player could win a Range Rover! Test your luck and register today at safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/

FORE! We wanted to give you a heads up; our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament will also be hosting a Hole-in-One Competition! Thanks to Don Beyer Auto Group, one lucky player could win a Range Rover! Test your luck and register today at safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/

Family Advocates play a big role on our MDT; they are the consistent link and source of information for all families tha...
07/12/2021

Family Advocates play a big role on our MDT; they are the consistent link and source of information for all families that visit our Center. We appreciate their hard work, and we know our clients do too! #MDTAppreciation #MotivationalMonday

Family Advocates play a big role on our MDT; they are the consistent link and source of information for all families that visit our Center. We appreciate their hard work, and we know our clients do too! #MDTAppreciation #MotivationalMonday

Virgil loves spending time in our therapy suite; he knows he's bound to meet new friends! As we start seeing more client...
07/09/2021

Virgil loves spending time in our therapy suite; he knows he's bound to meet new friends! As we start seeing more clients in-person, Virgil's assistance will be needed to help children feel at ease during their therapy sessions. #FacilityDogFriday

Virgil loves spending time in our therapy suite; he knows he's bound to meet new friends! As we start seeing more clients in-person, Virgil's assistance will be needed to help children feel at ease during their therapy sessions. #FacilityDogFriday

Thank you, Bognet Construction and JB Properties for becoming a Resiliency Sponsor at our Champions for Children Eagles ...
07/08/2021

Thank you, Bognet Construction and JB Properties for becoming a Resiliency Sponsor at our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

Thank you, Bognet Construction and JB Properties for becoming a Resiliency Sponsor at our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on this event, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

Thank you BlackHorse Solutions, Inc. and CEO Mike Kushin for becoming a Championship Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's fo...
07/08/2021

Thank you BlackHorse Solutions, Inc. and CEO Mike Kushin for becoming a Championship Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run! If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

Thank you BlackHorse Solutions, Inc. and CEO Mike Kushin for becoming a Championship Sponsor for the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k & Fun Run! If you'd like to become a sponsor or runner, please visit us at www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/
#ThankfulThursday

We know grooming is a deceptive method predators use to slowly gain access to their victims. Here are some strategies ca...
07/07/2021

We know grooming is a deceptive method predators use to slowly gain access to their victims. Here are some strategies caregivers can utilize to prevent grooming, courtesy of Defend Young Minds. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

We know grooming is a deceptive method predators use to slowly gain access to their victims. Here are some strategies caregivers can utilize to prevent grooming, courtesy of Defend Young Minds. #ItStartsWithGrooming #AwarenessWednesday

Exciting news; the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run will be hosting a costume contest! Prizes will be awarde...
07/07/2021

Exciting news; the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run will be hosting a costume contest! Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed superhero family and child. Get ready to stand up, suit up, and start running to make a difference!
To register, please visit: www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/

Exciting news; the 2021 Superhero's for SafeSpot 5k and Fun Run will be hosting a costume contest! Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed superhero family and child. Get ready to stand up, suit up, and start running to make a difference!
To register, please visit: www.safespotfairfax.org/s4s-5k/

"As we talk about transitioning out of remote learning fully, we have to be mindful of what will best support our childr...
07/06/2021
Addressing the Heightened Crisis of Childhood Trauma | National News | US News

"As we talk about transitioning out of remote learning fully, we have to be mindful of what will best support our children to recover from the trauma they experienced at unprecedented levels over the last year."

Thanks for sharing National Children's Alliance!

One member of Congress sees an opportunity to address the impact of childhood trauma, which has been complicated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Virgil "mustache" you a question - any big plans for the 4th? 🇺🇸 #FacilityDogFriday
07/02/2021

Virgil "mustache" you a question - any big plans for the 4th? 🇺🇸 #FacilityDogFriday

Virgil "mustache" you a question - any big plans for the 4th? 🇺🇸 #FacilityDogFriday

A special thank you goes out to our longtime friends Kappa Delta at GMU. We couldn't be more grateful for your continued...
07/01/2021

A special thank you goes out to our longtime friends Kappa Delta at GMU. We couldn't be more grateful for your continued support. We applaud your passion and philanthropy in preventing child abuse in Fairfax County! #ThankfulThursday

A special thank you goes out to our longtime friends Kappa Delta at GMU. We couldn't be more grateful for your continued support. We applaud your passion and philanthropy in preventing child abuse in Fairfax County! #ThankfulThursday

Thank you, Jim Burns and Deborah Golden, for becoming Title Sponsors at our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournam...
07/01/2021

Thank you, Jim Burns and Deborah Golden, for becoming Title Sponsors at our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on becoming a sponsor, visit us at https://www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

Thank you, Jim Burns and Deborah Golden, for becoming Title Sponsors at our Champions for Children Eagles & Aces Tournament! For more information on becoming a sponsor, visit us at https://www.safespotfairfax.org/champions-for-children/
#ThankfulThursday

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Fairfax, VA
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We provide a centralized, family-friendly location for the investigation of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse allegations, bringing together law enforcement, child protective services, and other critical professionals to minimize the number of times a child has to describe their abuse. Starting at the time of the report, SafeSpot provides services and makes referrals to support children and their families down the path to well-being in the aftermath of the abuse.

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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I'd like to share a rather unusual and free child abuse prevention resource...parenting tips bumper stickers! Advancing Parenting, a Camarillo, CA nonprofit, produces parenting tips bumper stickers and makes them available at no cost to schools, businesses, organizations, clinics, and individuals. There are fifty-one in a set and each bumper sticker communicates a parenting behavior or practice generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Just one will be read thousands of times! Bumper stickers are a unique and powerful way to educate everyone about parenting and prevent child abuse five, ten, twenty, fifty years down the road. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, smile, and nod. Conversations begin and often a phone is used to take a photo of the sticker right at the stoplight. Presumably, they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to see! Sets of the stickers can be put in holders and placed on counters and tables so folks can select one or more for their cars. Visit www.advancingparenting.org to request this free resource. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Please share.
I think SafeSpot provides a much-needed service to the Fairfax County Community. However, I am disappointed that it lacks the resources to offer more of its services in the evenings so that the children it counsels do not need to be pulled from their classrooms when the kids need that stability. In addition, parents are stressed further by having to take off work, perhaps lose pay. In fact, in my opinion, the bulk of the services should be in the evening if the focus is on the child and their home to overcome whatever the child has experienced or is experiencing. Pulling a child into counseling during the day is not the best way of helping. Some parents are paid hourly and if they miss work to attend counseling, they lose money, which stresses the family further. Worse yet, they refuse counseling for their child because they would lose income. Some might refuse because they might think it's counterproductive to pull their child from school for the counseling sessions. I am hoping this comment is useful in getting significantly more resources. I also hope that a funding foundation or other grant-making organization will help fund more evening interaction with the children in need. Perhaps this comment will help SafeSpot begin to focus more on evening sessions with or without additional resources. One might poll existing clients to see what they would prefer and how the existing time of services is good or bad for them. Thanks for the opportunity to comment!