CALICO CALICO achieves justice and healing for abused children in Alameda County. Learn more at www.calicocenter.org CALICO is Alameda County's only children's advocacy center.
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It is accredited by the National Children's Alliance.

It is accredited by the National Children's Alliance.

Mission: CALICO, provides a supportive environment to interview children and facilitates a collaborative response to child abuse in which the needs of children take precedence.

Operating as usual

12/25/2020
#mondaymotivaton
12/21/2020

#mondaymotivaton

It's not too late to join the #OpenforKids Campaign!
12/19/2020

It's not too late to join the #OpenforKids Campaign!

12/17/2020

Usually, CALICO's Board and Staff come together for a small holiday celebration. This year, we kept it safe and met over Zoom for a fun evening of trivia and laughs!

For the past few years, we have held a Holiday Gift Shop at CALICO. Where we invite families-in-need to come and "shop" ...
12/16/2020

For the past few years, we have held a Holiday Gift Shop at CALICO. Where we invite families-in-need to come and "shop" for holiday gifts for their children. Because of COVID-19, we can't have families come "shop" but that won't stop us from getting kids gifts! This is only possible with the generous support of our partners. Check out this INCREDIBLY generous donation from the Newark Police Department!

Check out our instgram @calicoforkids to see a video!

A huge thank you to the African American American Quilt Guild of Oakland for these beautiful, handmade donations! They w...
12/16/2020

A huge thank you to the African American American Quilt Guild of Oakland for these beautiful, handmade donations! They will make wonderful comfort items for children who visit CALICO!

12/12/2020
This #GivingTuesday we hope you will donate to CALICO and help abused children and their families. Although we have work...
12/01/2020

This #GivingTuesday we hope you will donate to CALICO and help abused children and their families.

Although we have worked tirelessly to maintain daily operations and continue to provide vital in-person services to abused children and their families, it has been a challenge. While the demand for services is increased, CALICO has been forced to do more with fewer resources. Please make a donation to our #OpenForKids2020 campaign and keep CALICO's services available!

11/26/2020
10/31/2020
Even during this pandemic, CALICO's doors are open to bring justice and healing to our children. COVID-19 has forced us ...
10/25/2020

Even during this pandemic, CALICO's doors are open to bring justice and healing to our children. COVID-19 has forced us to cancel our largest fundraising events of the year costing CALICO over $100,000 in crucial funding for abused children and families. Unfortunately, child abuse is on the rise, and while the demand for service is increasing, CALICO is working with fewer resources.
Our community needs CALICO now, more than ever. And CALICO needs YOU. đź’—
We want to keep CALICO Open for Kids. Can we count on you for help? 🙏
Please make a donation to our OpenForKids2020 campaign!

10/16/2020
Happy Boss's Day!

Happy Boss's Day to Erin Harper! Thank you for all that you do! We are so grateful for your fearless leadership during this hard time and always!

Wow! We want to say a huge thank you to Crosspoint Chinese Church of Silicon Valley for their very generous donation and...
10/09/2020

Wow! We want to say a huge thank you to Crosspoint Chinese Church of Silicon Valley for their very generous donation and kind note!

During these tough times kind gestures can mean the world!

CALICO is still here and available to help you! We’ve been wearing our masks, washing our hands, and keeping our office ...
09/16/2020

CALICO is still here and available to help you! We’ve been wearing our masks, washing our hands, and keeping our office a safe and welcoming place for you all.

Wow! We have received another incredible donation! A big thank you to the wonderful Portuguese Fraternal Society who don...
09/14/2020

Wow! We have received another incredible donation! A big thank you to the wonderful Portuguese Fraternal Society who donated 7 bags stuffed animals!

Talking to kids about Covid-19 and how they can avoid/prevent getting and spreading it is incredibly important. The CDC ...
09/10/2020

Talking to kids about Covid-19 and how they can avoid/prevent getting and spreading it is incredibly important. The CDC says that “Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.” Here are some guidelines on having a productive conversation on it:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

#FeelGoodFriday A big thank you to the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) for their generous donation of qu...
09/10/2020

#FeelGoodFriday

A big thank you to the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland (AAQGO) for their generous donation of quilts! These beautiful blankets will be given as comfort items to the children who visit our office.

A huge congratulations to Dr. Crawford-Jakubiak! The American Academy of Pediatrics Council of Child Abuse and Neglect p...
09/04/2020

A huge congratulations to Dr. Crawford-Jakubiak! The American Academy of Pediatrics Council of Child Abuse and Neglect presented him with the award for Outstanding Service to Maltreated Children. CALICO has been so lucky to be partnered with such an outstanding doctor who is passionate about justice and healing for children. We are so glad his hard work and dedication has been recognized!

A big thank you to our many partners in Alameda County for their generous donations! Dublin Police Services delivered a ...
08/27/2020

A big thank you to our many partners in Alameda County for their generous donations! Dublin Police Services delivered a truck full of comfort kindly donated from Home Depot and community members. These will bring comfort and joy to the children who visit CALICO!

Once again, we are facing the impact of wildfires in our communities. This resource helps young children and their famil...
08/25/2020

Once again, we are facing the impact of wildfires in our communities. This resource helps young children and their families talk about feelings and worries they may have after experiencing a large-scale fire, like a wildfire:

https://1c84d024-1bb4-496b-add2-2ede4c087ba3.filesusr.com/ugd/9446f5_04f301f0537a414287756b67ed9a3b06.pdf

Today, June 19th is Juneteenth the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United Sta...
06/19/2020

Today, June 19th is Juneteenth the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Visit Juneteenth.com to learn more!

"...experts say parents should assume their children are already aware of tragedies like these and their aftermath."
06/04/2020
Children's Advocacy Centers of California

"...experts say parents should assume their children are already aware of tragedies like these and their aftermath."

"Whether from social media accounts, conversations with peers or caregivers, overheard conversations, or the distress they witness in the faces of those they love, children know what is going on," Boyd said. "And without the guidance and validation of their caregivers, they may be navigating their feelings alone."

05/05/2020

Support CALICO during #GivingTuesday

05/03/2020
GivingTuesdayNow

Have you heard about #GivingTuesdayNow?? It’s a global day of giving on May 5th and is a special day for nonprofits across the globe. Tune in to our Live Video to hear more about CALICO's mission, and what we are doing to overcome the challenges we currently face due to COVID-19.

Please show your support to CALICO by donating. Your gift is precious to our cause.

We know tomorrow marks the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month but keeping kids safe and healthy is important every mont...
04/30/2020

We know tomorrow marks the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month but keeping kids safe and healthy is important every month. As we look to the rest of the year we are grateful for all the people and organizations (Family Paths, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Prevent Child Abuse America, Stop It Now!, Darkness to Light, and so many more!) dedicated to healthy childhoods. Check back with us all year to see more tips and resources for helping kids!

Our next resource to help you keep kids safe and healthy all year round comes from Darkness to Light. If you want more i...
04/29/2020
Stewards of Children® - Darkness to Light

Our next resource to help you keep kids safe and healthy all year round comes from Darkness to Light. If you want more in-depth information about protecting children, check out their Stewards of Children training. This course uses real stories and real people to help you understand how to keep kids safe from sexual abuse.

Stewards of Children is our flagship prevention training featuring real people and real stories about protecting children from sexual abuse.

There are 5 factors that increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse ...
04/27/2020
Parenting Tip of the Week - Knowing the Protective Factors | Prevent Child Abuse America

There are 5 factors that increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect: Parental resilience; Social connections; Knowledge of parenting and child development; Concrete support in times of need; and Social and emotional competence of children.

Check out this link from Prevent Child Abuse America to learn how you can strengthen these protective factors for the kids in your life!

Last week we wrote about recognizing warning signs of child abuse and neglect. It’s important…

Talking to kids about sex can be overwhelming but it is a great thing you can do to keep the kids in your life safe and ...
04/26/2020
The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex

Talking to kids about sex can be overwhelming but it is a great thing you can do to keep the kids in your life safe and healthy. Take a look at this resource from NPR's Life Kit to help you start the conversation!

Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.

It's the weekend and maybe you're a little wary of your kids' online activities? Check out NetSmartz from the National C...
04/25/2020
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It's the weekend and maybe you're a little wary of your kids' online activities? Check out NetSmartz from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

"NetSmartz is NCMEC's online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children to be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline."

https://www.missingkids.org/NetSmartz

Online Safety Web Series For Kids K-5 About NetSmartz Since 1998, NCMEC has operated the CyberTipline, a place where the public and electronic service providers can report suspected online and offline child sexual exploitation. The millions of reports made each year uniquely situate NCMEC to identif...

Decreasing caregiver stress is an important way to protect children. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone...
04/24/2020

Decreasing caregiver stress is an important way to protect children. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone about parenting check out Family Paths' Parenting Stress Helpline anytime.

April might be Child Abuse Prevention Month but we know that you want to keep the kids in your life safe and healthy all...
04/23/2020
Preventing Child Abuse: 7 things YOU can do

April might be Child Abuse Prevention Month but we know that you want to keep the kids in your life safe and healthy all year long. We want to support you in that, so we're filling the last week of April with daily tips, trainings, and resources you can use to protect kids 12 months out of the year!

Today, let's start with a classic: 7 things YOU can do to prevent child abuse.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. While many of the problems that face our world today seem unstoppable, child abuse is not one of them.  Everyo

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CALICO is the only multi-disciplinary interviewing center serving Alameda County. As part of a national movement of child advocacy centers, we ensure that children are not re-victimized by the very systems designed to protect them. We're an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance, an honor that demonstrates our high standards and proven record of effective investigation and response to suspected cases of child abuse. CALICO serves children 2-17 years of age as well as a small number of developmentally delayed adults who were abused in Alameda County and provides family support services to their caregivers. In 2009, our clients were two-third girls and one-third boys. Approximately 74% disclosed sexual abuse and many were physically hurt, neglected, exploited as prostitutes, and/or exposed to violence in their homes and communities. The children we see are quite young: 40% were 2-6 years of age and another 40% were 7-12.

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Family picnics are a great way to get outside while still staying safe (make sure to wear masks when not eating!). Choose an area that isn’t crowded. Bonus points if you teach your child some basic cooking skills while preparing the picnic food!
This is a great organization..Please support if you can
You are doing great work in California!