KidSafe Expands To Orlando, Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

KidSafe Foundation Expands To Orlando, Florida

 

August 10, 2015– The KidSafe Foundation is proud to announce the opening of their new office in Orlando, Florida. Since 2009, KidSafe’s mission has been to make sure every child receives sexual abuse prevention programming and every adult is taught to be the first line of defense in a child’s safety. In Palm Beach and Broward Counties KidSafe has educated over 45,000 children and more than 18,000 adults. Research shows that 95% of abuse and exploitation of children is preventable through education. KidSafe believes that all children deserve a voice and to learn how to keep themselves safe, and every adult deserves to learn how best to protect their children. 

 

To further its mission to prevent child sexual abuse, bullying and internet dangers, KidSafe Foundation is expanding to Orlando, Florida. “The statistics regarding child sexual abuse are staggering. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18. We are thrilled to expand to Orlando and be able to make an even greater impact in protecting children.” said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA Cofounder & Executive Director of KidSafe Foundation.

 

This new expansion marks the third KidSafe location in Florida. Andrea Clemens, MSW, author, public speaker, activist and KidSafe Certified Trainer, will head the new office. Ms. Clemens adds “I am thrilled to bring the KidSafe programs into Central Florida. There is no denying that there is a growing need for prevention education for our children, parents and teachers. I am excited that the Orlando community will now be empowered, find their voices, and have the opportunity for children to live safer lives – free from abuse.” For more information, please call 855-844-SAFE (7233) or contact Andrea Clemens by email at: Andrea@kidsafefoundation.org

 

About Andrea Clemens

Andrea received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University and has been educating school faculty, students, administrators, parenting groups, mentors, and the general public about educator sexual abuse for over ten years. She is the author of Invisible Target: Breaking the Cycle of Educator Sexual Abuse. Andrea has participated in both local and national radio and television shows, including the Montel Williams Show and Fox News Live.  

 

About KidSafe Foundation

KidSafe is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2009 by Sally Berenzweig MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph LCSW – child safety experts, mental health professionals, educators, authors, public speakers, and moms on a mission to keep all children safe from child sexual abuse, bullying and internet dangers.  KidSafe has taught over 40,000 children and has educated over 15,000 adults in sexual abuse prevention, internet dangers and bullying prevention programs. For more information about KidSafe Foundation, visit www.KidSafeFoundation.org

 

Contact: Sally Berenzweig – Cofounder & Executive Director KidSafe Foundation

Sallyb@kidsafefoundation.org

561-715-1077

 

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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