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KidSafe was started in 2005 as a sexual abuse prevention program called KidSafe for Kids for children ages 4 – 5th grade. Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA worked together to build the KidSafe for Kids 8 week in school curriculum. As Child Safety Experts, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Authors and most importantly two moms, they created programs teaching children life skills through fun not fear using role play, art, song, books, games and discussion. KidSafe provides Seminars for Parents, Workshops for Teachers and Counselors and Training’s for Professionals working with children.

Why Teach KidSafe?

A day doesn’t go by without hearing about a child who has been sexually exploited by a trusted adult. It happens all too often. The perpetrators are our neighbors, teachers, and coaches, the babysitters we welcome into our home, and most often, family members. A startling 90% of the people who hurt our children are known by the family. Most likely, although you may not know it, someone in your circle of friends has been affected by this issue. We don’t like to think about it – because it seems simply incomprehensible. But it exists, and it’s everywhere. Believe it or not 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be victimized before their 18th birthday. Imagine going to a child’s birthday party where 30 young boys are running around having fun – innocent and full of wonder. Five of them will be victimized. Five too many! Unless children are taught personal safety and can recognize safe and unsafe situations, they just don’t know how to respond. Often, children cannot recognize the warning signs and don’t have the skills, confidence or understanding that they have the right to use their voice to protect themselves. Prevention education is the key to making sure our children are protected. Through the KidSafe Foundation’s comprehensive safety program, children become empowered, learn what is appropriate and inappropriate, and what to do if they are confused or have been hurt by someone. Knowledge is power and by educating our children, they begin to protect themselves, develop confidence and trust to seek help. Children learn through KidSafe to find their voice and use it to keep them safe.

For more information 855-844-SAFE or info@kidsafefoundation.org

Testimonials

"Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be included in the KidSafe program. I highly recommend this program to other schools. We hope that we will be given the same opportunity for our Kindergarten and 2nd grade students to be a part of this wonderful program during the 2016-2017 school year."

Mrs. Keelyn Meselsohn 2nd Grade Teacher/Team Leader Tradewinds Elementary School

"The Safe and Smart Series Book My Body Is Special and Belongs To Me is kept in my middle school clinic and has been a tool that has opened many conversations for me between students that have experienced a difficult situation and were unable to talk about it. Through the illustrations and nonjudgmental verbiage the author has allowed kids permission to share their feelings about invasion of their personal space. Thank you so much."

Nurse Connie, PBC School Nurse 6.8.2016

"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

Christina Kranick

“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

Tara Henley Admissions Assistant, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School, Ft. Lauderdale

I am a parent of two Pine Crest children and I attended your program on Monday night. I just wanted to thank you so very much for the very informative seminar. As hard as it was to hear all of those things, it was very needed. We were thrilled that you were able to come and share that very important information with us and our children. So again...thank you.

Elisa Aronberg

Today’s training was awesome! It was very informative. Sally was a very good resource, she motivated us a lot! We want to pass on this information to parents, teachers and students! Thank you for offering workshops like this. These are tools we use to continue serving our children and families.

Participant from Children’s Services Council of Broward Seminar

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