Media Alert ~ KidSafe Foundation Provides Cutting-Edge Sexual Abuse Prevention Training to PBC Health Care District School Nurses with Major Grant from Quantum Foundation

KidSafe Foundation Provides Cutting-Edge Sexual Abuse Prevention Training to PBC Health Care District School Nurses with Major Grant from Quantum Foundation


Boca Raton, FL— KidSafe Foundation (, with the help of a generous grant from Quantum Foundation, provided over 300 Palm Beach County School Nurses with an intensive 2-hour sexual abuse prevention training seminar, using their award winning children’s safety book – “My Body is Special and Belongs to ME!”



KidSafe’s grant from the Quantum Foundation trained School Nurses to increase their knowledge of childhood sexual abuse; Provide understanding of mandatory reporting procedures; symptoms/characteristics of an abused child; 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 organizations. The goal is for each organization to create a new standard and culture of safety for children as a top priority.



“As a physician who is new to the area, I contacted KidSafe Foundation to ask if I could attend their Sexual Abuse Prevention Training to PBC School Nurses. It was truly a life-changing experience,” said Heidi Shaeffer, MD.: “Despite many years of medical education, I realized I had not been adequately informed about the epidemic of sexual abuse and what I could do as a doctor to help diagnose and treat these children. I applaud Quantum Foundation for funding one of the most crucial trainings I have ever attended. I will not only use what I learned from Cheri Benjoseph’s presentation, but I plan to pass the information on and become an ambassador for KidSafe Foundation’s mission as an active Board member.”



“Our county’s school nurses are the frontline troops working to care for our children,” said Quantum Foundation’s Senior Program Officer, Randy Scheid. “Equipping them to recognize and deal with the childhood trauma caused by abuse is essential, especially when we, as a healthcare foundation, know that early intervention in these cases prevents a plethora of unhealthy outcomes later in life.”


“We want to thank Quantum Foundation for recognizing the importance of Sexual Abuse Prevention training to health care professionals, especially school nurses who can be one of the first lines of protection in a child’s safety,” said Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW and co-founder of KidSafe Foundation.

About The Quantum Foundation

Quantum Foundation is a private grantmaking 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 16 years ago, Quantum Foundation has given away over $100 million in grants to more than 100 organizations based in local communities.


"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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