Media Alert: KidSafe Foundation Awarded Major Grant From Quantum Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

KidSafe Foundation Awarded Major Grant from Quantum Foundation to Provide Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Training

to Health Care Professionals Working with Children in Palm Beach County

 

Boca Raton, FL— KidSafe Foundation (www.kidsafefoundation.org), with the help of a generous grant from Quantum Foundation will bring Sexual Abuse Prevention Education training to Health Care Professionals working with children in Palm Beach County.  KidSafe will provide 28 trainings over a two year period to upwards of 2,800 Health Care Professionals working with children in Palm Beach County as well as their award winning children’s safety book – “My Body is Special and Belongs to ME!”  KidSafe will use the grant from Quantum Foundation to train Health Care Professionals working with children to increase their knowledge of childhood sexual abuse; Provide understanding of mandatory reporting procedures; symptoms/characteristics of child being abused; recognizing disclosure and response to disclosure; implementation of Prevention Policy in child serving organizations; integration of KidSafe Language of Safety and how to apply prevention methods in their organization. The goal is for each organization to create a new standard and culture of safety of children as a top Priority.

 

“We can’t thank Quantum Foundation enough for awarding KidSafe Foundation this incredible grant. With their help we are breaking the cycle of silence that surrounds issues of child sexual abuse. The impact of providing Sexual Abuse Prevention Education training to Health Care Professionals working with children is enormous as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually exploited before the age of 18. Health Care Professionals are on the front line and can be the first line of protection in a child’s safety. 95% of abuse and exploitation is preventable through education, and we thank Quantum Foundation for helping us to provide this crucial education to our community.” said Sally Berenzweig, KidSafe Foundation Co-founder

 

 

“We are a health care foundation,” said Quantum Foundation President, Eric M. Kelly, “Our mission is for the people of Palm Beach County to enjoy a better life through quality health care and that means we care about the health of the whole human being. Increasingly, data shows that children who experience the trauma of abuse have significant cognitive development issues, which literally affect the physiology of their brains as well as their emotional and psychological health. They’re more likely to have a host of health issues later in life. Training professionals to identify and intervene to protect the whole health of our children is a great supplement to our more traditional health care agenda.”

 

About The 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 abuse, bullying and internet dangers.  www.kidsafefoundation.org

 

About Quantum Foundation

Quantum Foundation is a private grant making organization that funds approved charities and certain government agencies serving Palm Beach County, Florida. The foundation’s funding supports those organizations which provide health care, help people who need health care, and educate others about health care. Since its founding over 15 years ago, Quantum Foundation has given away over $100 million in grants to more than 100 organizations based in local communities. http://www.quantumfnd.org

 

CONTACT:

Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA
Cofounder KidSafe Foundation 501(c)3 nonprofit
sallyb@kidsafefoundation.org
561-715-1077

Click here to see: KidSafe Brochure

Save the Date: Friday March 7, 2014 “Shine the Light” 5th annual Gala

 

 

 

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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