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Mission:

Our mission is to provide preventive education to children and adults, empowering them with skills that create a safe society free from sexual abuse, bullying, and internet exploitation.

Overview:

KidSafe Foundation. Founded in 2009 as a 501c3 nonprofit to protect children from child sexual abuse, bullying and internet exploitation through comprehensive education to children, parents, educators, and professionals. With incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation on the rise, we were intent on creating a meaningful practical method of prevention where none existed.  KidSafe programs empowers children by giving them a strong voice with which to defend themselves, and teaches the parents, teachers, and the professionals in their lives how to keep them safe. KidSafe’s educational programs create a first line of defense to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation. Cofounders, Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, developed the KidSafe curriculum.  Both are recognized child safety experts, mental health professionals, educators, authors, public speakers, and moms with over 50 years of combined experience. KidSafe’s educational philosophy is backed by years of safety instruction, best practices and up to date research.

 

PROGRAMS:

1.“KidSafe for Kids” –an 8-week curriculum designed for children in grades PreK4 – 5th grade. Children learn important safety skills through fun not fear, using developmentally appropriate techniques such as role play, song, art, discussion and the foundation’s two award winning children’s books; “My Body is Special and Belongs to Me!” and “Jack Teaches his Friends to be KidSafe!” (books available in English, Spanish & Creole) 

2.KidSafe Parent Seminars – increase awareness, deliver knowledge and provide skills to parents to keep kids safe, educate about; red flag behaviors of adults, recognize red flag behaviors of children in need, reporting procedures, strategies for communication with children and teach the KidSafe Language of Safety. This seminar provides the tools to talk to children about sensitive topics in a comfortable natural manner. 

3.KidSafe Teacher Workshop- Online Training -how to recognize children at risk for abuse, professional protocol, exact mandated reporting procedures and how to respond to disclosure. KidSafe educates on how to reinforce the use of KidSafe Prevention skills at school, and much more. This professional development seminar empowers teachers with awareness and skills which can be integrated into their everyday classroom management to best keep children safe.

Research strongly demonstrates that school-based education is key to successfully training children, parents, educators, school staff and professionals about sexual abuse prevention and protection.  KidSafe’s active and interactive education techniques are highly effective in empowering children that they have the right to be safe, how to use their voice to keep themselves safe and how to access help when needed from a trusted adult. Most teachers and administrators lack formal training in recognizing, responding and reporting child sexual abuse. KidSafe education has life-long impact, stretching over entire careers, and protecting thousands of children from abuse. The education we provide empowers educators and other professionals to assume their roles as advocates, prevention specialists, and mandatory reporters

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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