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Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County

Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County The Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County provides services to those who are victims of child abuse and neglect.

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In 2021, the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County and its Task Force worked 189 cases of child abuse, neglect, and chi...
04/29/2022

In 2021, the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County and its Task Force worked 189 cases of child abuse, neglect, and child molestation. These 189 pinwheels represent those victims. Please remember these children in your thoughts and prayers and also those who do this work.

#aprilischildabusepreventionmonth
#NoExcuseForChildAbuse
#youareamandatedreporter
#ReportChildAbuse
#SupportTheCACofOttawaCounty

💙💙💙Special thanks to Arvest Bank for letting us use their lot, the NEO A&M College Criminal Justice Students for putting all the pinwheels together, and to Allen Sign Studio, LLC for making us this sign. 💙💙💙

***If you happen to drive by Arvest Bank this weekend and see them blown around please feel free to stick them back in the ground.***

Photos from Children's Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma's post
04/07/2022

Photos from Children's Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma's post

Kids.. I’m certain we could all relate!
03/03/2022

Kids.. I’m certain we could all relate!

03/01/2022

Reminder: Safe Dates at Miami Public Library tomorrow. See you there!

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12/29/2021

Minimizing Opportunity for Abuse Within the Home

The people we know and trust the most, will understandably, spend the most time alone with our children.

Visiting grandparents, playdates with friends, leaving older siblings to watch younger siblings – this is all part of life.

Yet, we know that people in a child’s family circle are, categorically, the most common abusers, be it parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, family members of their friends, etc.

*Promote an Open Door Policy
*Remain Vigilant During Gatherings/Parties
*Check In On Occasion
*Trust Your Intuition
*Review Body Safety Often

To learn more:
https://themamabeareffect.org/prevent/minimizing-opportunity/

12/21/2021
We would like to thank the Ottawa County 4H and the OHCE for their generous donation to our center this week. Thank you ...
12/15/2021

We would like to thank the Ottawa County 4H and the OHCE for their generous donation to our center this week. Thank you all so much! It is greatly appreciated!

12/08/2021

Awareness during the holidays ✅

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County  will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2021, in observance of Veterans D...
11/10/2021

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2021, in observance of Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served and to those who continue to serve our country.

10/14/2021

This is a MUST read. My cousin is a foster parent with five children. She and her husband recently adopted four out of the five siblings! It has been a joy to watch her in this journey - just like it was a joy watching her grow up. I love how she "keeps it real" when it comes to living the life of fostering and adoption. She shared this on her personal page and I reached out to her to share it here because it is just that good and so very relevant.

Edited for privacy:

"Tonight, after 2.5 years of living here, my oldest son sat down at the table with this. He was about to chow down when I stopped him and asked what in the world he was doing.

He said, “I made myself dinner.”

“But it isn’t cooked. I can cook that you know.” (she said)

“Well, I wanted to eat something I used to eat a lot with my old family.”

So we sat down and I asked him to tell me about it. He said that they wouldn’t feed him due to being passed out (you can guess why) and he would have to make dinner for himself and his brothers (2 and 4 months when they came to us). He said that all the money they had would be spent on ci******es and other fun things (😬) and so he would find change in their van and would buy Ramen packets at the store down the street (at 6!!!!).

He said he didn’t know how to boil water, so he would eat it like this. And, he actually grew to like it. So, he would break it up for his sibling, and would try to make bottles for the baby (at 6!!!!!!).

Guys. I asked him to make me some. And, I sat there beside him and crunched it down with lots of water because it’s not great...and he just started talking about how the first time I made them Ramen, he wouldn’t eat it and I told him I remembered. He said it’s because it reminded him of his Ramen packets and he didn’t trust me (big thoughts for 9!).

He said he isn’t sad he’s not with his “old family” (his words) anymore, but that sometimes HE LIKES TO REMEMBER HOW STRONG HE HAD TO BE.

I write this so everyone knows, trauma isn’t healed quickly (sometimes never), an adoption doesn’t erase the past or the memories, kids can change, they will change with love, and to never give up on a kid because “they are hard”.

And then, I walked away in shock, in sadness, and so so so proud of how strong my baby is. He’s so wonderful. And, we love him so much."

Friends, THIS is the life experience of kids who come from hard places. THIS is living a trauma-informed life. We can't imagine what kids from hard places have lived through. It is not just about one act of abuse or neglect, it is about living in survival mode and doing it day in and day out. It is about making sure younger siblings are also surviving, even at the expense of childhood.

Trauma infuses itself into every pore. Kids just don't forget it. Their brains and bodies won't let them. Those of us privileged enough (yes, I said privileged) to enter into the lives of children with hard life experiences must be willing to sit down, eat uncooked Ramen noodles and listen. We must not give up.

Our kids didn't.

#barrentoblessed #fostercare #thisisfostercare #adoption

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When signing your children up for extracurricular or summer programs, ask program directors what their child protection ...
06/10/2021

When signing your children up for extracurricular or summer programs, ask program directors what their child protection policies are, and what steps they take to protect your children from abuse.

We have been blessed! How exciting! 💙
05/01/2021

We have been blessed! How exciting! 💙

Congrats to the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County winner of the #TieOne2021 Tie One To End Child Abuse Campaign $500 donation!

Thank you to everyone that participated and helps this awareness event to continue to grow each year in honor and support of Child Abuse Prevention Month!

In 2020 our center had 167 children who were victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Join us tomorro...
04/08/2021

In 2020 our center had 167 children who were victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Join us tomorrow as we put out a pinwheel for each one of these children and raise awareness for our victims.
#april
#ChildAbuseAwarenessMonth
#CACofottawacounty

04/06/2021
Shout out to our local social workers! We see the hard work you do and we appreciate you 💙
03/24/2021

Shout out to our local social workers! We see the hard work you do and we appreciate you 💙

#ourOKDHS is proud to employ front-line, essential social workers.

We are so proud, and so thankful, for the critical work they do for the most vulnerable citizens of Oklahoma.

#SocialWorkMonth #SocialWorkIsEssential #HOPEHeroes

03/11/2021
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Calming Anxiety — Coping Skills for Kids
03/03/2021
Calming Anxiety — Coping Skills for Kids

Calming Anxiety — Coping Skills for Kids

Inside: Kid tested strategies used by child therapists for calming anxiety, including ideas to calm down, books to read and videos that can help

02/28/2021
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We provide services to at-risk youth (tribal & non-tribal) ages 5 to 18 years old and their families, with a focus on youth who have experienced trauma. For more information, visit modochealinghouse.com or call 918-387-8720.

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Noticing our own triggers and reactions may enable parents and others who teach, treat, protect and interact in many ways with kids to pause before the cycle of deregulation starts in us. Each child mirrors the regulation, negative and positive, in the adult they spend time with.

Photos from Dr. Becky at Good Inside's post
01/13/2021

Photos from Dr. Becky at Good Inside's post

12/04/2020

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Miami, OK
74354

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

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(918) 540-1621

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Hello my name is Kim Bergman and I am a survivor of child sexual abuse by my gymnastics coach. Please consider signing this petition. We are working to protect children from sexual abuse and to allow survivors to find justice by eliminating the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. If you would like to help us further, please share our petition and email KS senator Kellie Warren at [email protected] in support of SB 420. Thank you, Kim Bergman 785-766-2171
The countdown has begun- three days until our Fearless Fern 5K! This year Miami Animal Alliance will be bringing out some adorable local pups and Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County will be joining us and serving free snow cones. It's going to be a GREAT event- see you there!
Here's a great article shared by our friends at the Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County.
Thank you Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County for all the hard work you do to make the world a better place for our kids!
We want to congratulate Child Advocacy Center of Ottawa County on opening their new facility today! They are doing great work and together we are ending child abuse and neglect!
My story of overcoming sexual abuse and how a CAC helped me go on to become an Olympian.
I'm so glad that children have organizations like this to help them. It would have been so nice to have had these things when I was a child.