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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 sens

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We are only 8 days away from SafeSpot's Passion for Fashion event on May 13th @ Bloomies in Mosaic, and we are #thanking...
05/05/2022

We are only 8 days away from SafeSpot's Passion for Fashion event on May 13th @ Bloomies in Mosaic, and we are #thanking Silver Sponsors Rob and Jackie Slahetka. There is still time to join them by getting your ticket now! https://www.safespotfairfax.org/passion-for-fashion/

SafeSpot thanks Fashion Show Platinum Sponsors, Rob & Deborah Copito, for their generous support. #ThankfulThursday
05/05/2022

SafeSpot thanks Fashion Show Platinum Sponsors, Rob & Deborah Copito, for their generous support. #ThankfulThursday

Groomers are very good at manipulating both the child and caregivers. They often hide their manipulating behaviors throu...
05/04/2022

Groomers are very good at manipulating both the child and caregivers. They often hide their manipulating behaviors through acts of kindness to avoid suspicion.
#ItStartsWithGrooming#AwarenessWednesday

SafeSpot Staff Corner Post! This month we would like to highlight our Chief Executive Officer, Heather O'Malley. As Safe...
05/03/2022

SafeSpot Staff Corner Post! This month we would like to highlight our Chief Executive Officer, Heather O'Malley. As SafeSpot's CEO, Heather oversees agency administration, fundraising, and community engagement. She partners closely with board and staff to ensure the agency's strategic growth and mission fulfillment. In the attached image, you will find a picture of her cats: Mac & Charlie.
1. How long have you worked at SafeSpot?
My two-year anniversary will be coming up on May 18th!
2. What motivates you to get up every day to do this work?
The people who share in this work are my daily inspiration. Hardly a day goes by that I am not moved to tears by the compassion of our staff, partners, volunteers, and donors. It truly takes a village to keep children safe and thriving, and the SafeSpot village is amazing.
3. What is the best part about your job?
The kids, no question. Their strength and resiliency is awe inspiring.
4. What do you like most about living in this area?
I love the diversity of our community. Living and working in Northern Virginia gives me the opportunity to meet people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. Learning about the lived experiences of others – especially those that are different from mine - helps me to broaden my perspective and be a more empathetic individual.
5. What is your favorite self-care activity?
I love podcasts. News, economics, true crime, history, comedy, fiction…you name it and I have probably listened to it. There is something about listening verses watching that encourages me to slow down and commit to being in the moment. I also love snuggling with my fur babies Charlie and Mac!
6. What is one thing you would like the public to know about SafeSpot?
It is my goal that someday soon, everyone in Fairfax County will know about SafeSpot and our critical role in the community. Next year will be our 10-year anniversary and we plan to engage the entire community in the celebration!
7. Why is working as an MDT so crucial to a CAC?
Imagine learning that you needed emergency surgery, but before that surgery takes place, you will have to meet individually with everyone on your medical team – your primary care physician, the surgeon and anesthesiologist, nurses and lab techs, pharmacist, rehab therapist – the list goes on and on. And in each meeting you would be asked the same questions about your medical history and symptoms. It would be an incredibly frustrating experience. That is what used to happen to a child who disclosed abuse, they would be interviewed by professionals in law enforcement, child welfare, criminal justice, victim advocacy and more – each time being asked to re-live the abuse they suffered while dealing with the fear and anxiety of what comes next. Fortunately, the coordination of the MDT ensures that a single interview meets the needs of the many agencies and professionals involved. In a way, the MDT functions in the same manner as a surgical team – wrapping around the child and family to coordinate care from beginning to end. It’s model that prioritizes the needs and experience of the child and family, allowing them to focus on what matters most – healing.

Our thanks to @auramedicalspa for their Gold Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Fundraiser. We look forward to ...
05/03/2022

Our thanks to @auramedicalspa for their Gold Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Fundraiser. We look forward to seeing you on the runway!

SafeSpot aims to provide a safe and comforting place for victims. Children and families that visit our center, will find...
05/02/2022

SafeSpot aims to provide a safe and comforting place for victims. Children and families that visit our center, will find that their needs are placed above all others from a compassionate approach. #mdtappreciation

Virgil finished the month of April by visiting one of our partners this week.  Thank you to everyone who planted pinwhee...
04/29/2022

Virgil finished the month of April by visiting one of our partners this week. Thank you to everyone who planted pinwheel gardens, in support of #aprilchildabusepreventionmonth. #FacilityDogFriday

We are #Thankful to Chambers Theory for their Gold Sponsorship of our 2022 Passion for Fashion Show & Fundraiser. There ...
04/29/2022

We are #Thankful to Chambers Theory for their Gold Sponsorship of our 2022 Passion for Fashion Show & Fundraiser. There is still time to become a sponsor or purchase tickets for the May 13th event - you don't want to miss it! https://www.safespotfairfax.org/passion-for-fashion/

SafeSpot is honored to be a recipient of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Community Impact Grant for Men...
04/28/2022
Community Foundation Awards $613,725 in Community Investment Fund Grants | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

SafeSpot is honored to be a recipient of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia's Community Impact Grant for Mental Health. This generous funding will go towards expanding our trauma-focused therapy services for children impacted by abuse. Thank you Community Foundation for Northern Virginia! #ThankfulThursday.

You can learn more about their latest round of grants here: https://www.cfnova.org/news-and-stories/impact-stories/announcing-the-2022-community-investment-fund-grantees

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

SafeSpot thanks the Sims Family for their Gold Sponsorship of this year's Passion for Fashion Show and Fundraiser! It is...
04/27/2022

SafeSpot thanks the Sims Family for their Gold Sponsorship of this year's Passion for Fashion Show and Fundraiser! It is their third year as a sponsor and we are so grateful to have them with us once again.

Thank you to @familiesforwardva for sharing the numbers of child abuse and neglect cases in Virginia. About 52,263 child...
04/26/2022

Thank you to @familiesforwardva for sharing the numbers of child abuse and neglect cases in Virginia. About 52,263 children were reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in Virginia during the State Fiscal Year 2021. #childabusepreventionmonth💙

We are grateful to the Kingsley Family for their Platinum Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Show and Fundraise...
04/25/2022

We are grateful to the Kingsley Family for their Platinum Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Show and Fundraiser. Thank you Michelle, Todd and the entire family!

What do kids have to say when they visit us here at SafeSpot? It makes our days when we hear how much fun a client had a...
04/25/2022

What do kids have to say when they visit us here at SafeSpot? It makes our days when we hear how much fun a client had at our center or how comfortable they felt to talk to our Forensic Interviewer. Although, most of our clients rave about our delicious snacks, which we completely agree with! #MDTAppreciation #MondayMotivation

Please join us in thanking the Cumbey Family for their Platinum Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Show & Fundr...
04/22/2022

Please join us in thanking the Cumbey Family for their Platinum Sponsorship of the 2022 Passion for Fashion Show & Fundraiser.

Virgil makes a pretty good Easter bunny, but we think he makes an even better Facility dog! #FacilityDogFriday
04/22/2022

Virgil makes a pretty good Easter bunny, but we think he makes an even better Facility dog! #FacilityDogFriday

Continuing #ThankfulThursday by recognizing and appreciating Passion for Fashion Platinum Sponsor Three Fox Vineyards & ...
04/21/2022

Continuing #ThankfulThursday by recognizing and appreciating Passion for Fashion Platinum Sponsor Three Fox Vineyards & Brewery. Join them, and all our sponsors, on May 13th for a fun evening in support of SafeSpot. Get your tickets today: https://www.safespotfairfax.org/passion-for-fashion/

It's #ThankfulThursday and we could not be more grateful to Equifax for being a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Passion...
04/21/2022

It's #ThankfulThursday and we could not be more grateful to Equifax for being a Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming Passion for Fashion Show. Thank you Equifax for partnering with us to help children and families impacted by abuse in our community.

We are #Thankful to 2022 Passion for Fashion Gold Sponsor's Chon and Jamila Taylor for their generous support. We can't ...
04/18/2022

We are #Thankful to 2022 Passion for Fashion Gold Sponsor's Chon and Jamila Taylor for their generous support. We can't wait to see you on the runway!

Happy Belated Birthday to Virgil, our facility dog!  We hope your birthday is just like you. Paw-some! #FacilityDogFrida...
04/15/2022

Happy Belated Birthday to Virgil, our facility dog! We hope your birthday is just like you. Paw-some! #FacilityDogFriday

We also want to thank 2022 Fashion Show Sponsors Denise & Michael Balzano! Thank you for your generosity - we can't wait...
04/14/2022

We also want to thank 2022 Fashion Show Sponsors Denise & Michael Balzano! Thank you for your generosity - we can't wait to see you May 13th. If you want to join Denise and Michael at this year's Fashion Show, get your tickets before they sell out! https://www.safespotfairfax.org/passion-for-fashion/

We continue #Thankful Thursday by recognizing 2022 Fashion Show sponsor Bogart and Associates of Northern Virginia! Than...
04/14/2022

We continue #Thankful Thursday by recognizing 2022 Fashion Show sponsor Bogart and Associates of Northern Virginia! Thank you for your commitment to keeping children safe.

We have so many people to appreciate on this #Thankful Thursday!  We are grateful to our 2022 Fashion Show Emerald Spons...
04/14/2022

We have so many people to appreciate on this #Thankful Thursday! We are grateful to our 2022 Fashion Show Emerald Sponsor Kearney & Company. Thank you for your generous support!

The 2022 Passion for Fashion Show is back and just a few short months away! We are thrilled to have Bloomie’s Mosaic hos...
04/12/2022

The 2022 Passion for Fashion Show is back and just a few short months away! We are thrilled to have Bloomie’s Mosaic host the grand return of our most glamorous event. Please visit our website for more information and to buy your tickets before we sell out! safespotfairfax.org/passion-for-fashion/

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Today is #GivingTuesday. Please consider donating to SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County, a non-profit based in Fairfax City that helps victims of physical and sexual abuse. I support SafeSpot and I ask you to do the same. https://www.safespotfairfax.org/donate-to-safespot-today/
UBT was proud to be a SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County Resiliency Club sponsor for their 2021 Champions for Children golf tournament on October 18th. The fundraising dollars benefit the SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center which help childhood victims of abuse with their trauma to provide support for long-term healing and create healthier futures. #safespot #ubtcanhelp #communitymatters
The nonprofit, Advancing Parenting, would like to share a rather unusual and free resource for promoting positive childhood experiences and preventing adverse childhood experiences. Parenting Norms Bumper Stickers Advancing Parenting makes them available at no cost to children's advocacy centers. There are fifty-two in a set and each 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 for friends, family, and community members to share parenting wisdom. 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 given away at events and/or 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.
Meet Rylynn, a 2-year-old Labrador Golden Retriever Mix, who has been placed and certified as a Facility Dog Team with Samantha “Sam” Carrico, LCSW who works in DFS’ Children, Youth and Families Division. Sam recently took Rylynn to meet the SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County's facility dog, Virgil, and they had a great time getting to know each other! Assistance dogs do get time to relax and play! But when they're working with children and families they need to be focused and serious about what they are doing. #FacilityDog #RylynnTheDog #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices
Proud to support two very special organizations in the City of Fairfax. Serving as a Councilman is most fulfilling when helping others and making a direct impact. I was so inspired when I met with SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center and Adaptive Fitness Legion, and hope you click on the article link to learn more about them too. https://bit.ly/3whtSvq
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.
“Important” is an entirely insufficient word to describe the work of child advocacy centers that support victims of sexual and physical abuse. Had an eye-opening meeting with SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax‘s Executive and Managing directors, and a founding Board Member today. I’m so grateful for these advocates, and am proud that SafeSpot calls Fairfax City home. To learn more about and support their tremendous mission at www.safespotfairfax.org.
Predators don't just groom children - they also groom their families, in order to gain access to children. Watch for signs of grooming; while many adults are genuinely trying to help, predators can be very good at disguising their motives. Thank you to our friends at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County for this helpful infographic! #childabuseprevention #childabuseawareness #ChildAdvocacyCenters
This Washington Post article features remarks by one of our current LEC 12 participants, Angela Haslett from SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County. Way to spread the word, Angela!
𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 and 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 are considered 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗴𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁. Unfortunately, online learning limits interactions between educators and students, making children more vulnerable to child abuse and neglect. Our community partners at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County shared 𝘁𝗶𝗽𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 who are teaching from a distance to 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗲. DFS has a 𝘁𝗶𝗽 𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 https://bit.ly/39U1cgt and mandatory reporters are required to make a report through the 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗛𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝟳𝟬𝟯-𝟯𝟮𝟰-𝟳𝟰𝟬𝟬. Learn more: https://bit.ly/39U1cgt Stay connected with DFS: Facebook @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices
Congratulations to Detective Carter from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Child Abuse squad for receiving the Rock Star Award from SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County, one of their multidisciplinary team members! This award recognizes extraordinary excellence and collaboration in the fight against child abuse. Keep up the great work, Det. Carter! . . . . . . . #FCPD #InsideFCPD #LawEnforecement #FirstResponders #Police #PoliceOfficer #FairfaxVa #Detective
Our friends at SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County in Virginia took the SHINE message to their local government, and got the month of April declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Fairfax, just as it is around the country. Read this great piece—just one example of supporters showing up to SHINE for survivors in communities around the country.