About Us

Our Mission

The KidSafe mission is to teach personal safety to children and their grown-ups to build strong, resilient families and safer communities.

Our Vision

For all children and families to live in a society where children are protected from child sexual abuse and childhood trauma.

Our History

 

KidSafe has been educating children, families, and child-serving professionals since 2009. In ten years, we have taught over 60,000 children that they have the right to be safe and taught over 35,000 adults that they are the first line of defense for children.

Empower Me KidSafe! Programs

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KidSafe for Kids

An 8-week curriculum designed for children in grades PreK4 – 2nd 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)

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Parent Seminars

KidSafe for Parents provides a safe space to empower parents with knowledge and skills to prevent child sexual abuse. Child Sexual Abuse is scary - Teaching Your Children Personal Safety doesn't have to be. The focus of the seminar is integrating personal safety skills into everyday parenting. The goal is to raise independent, resilient children who know that they can come to their parent to talk about anything.

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Educator Training

The KidSafe eLearn for Educators provides a strong foundation in sexual abuse prevention and response for all staff.  The program covers: 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 educators with awareness and skills which can be integrated into their everyday classroom management to best keep children safe.

Why KidSafe?

Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk for later posttraumatic stress and other anxiety symptoms depression and suicide attempts. These psychological problems can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact, leading to dysfunction and distress well into adulthood. Behavioral problems, including physical aggression, non-compliance, and oppositionality occur frequently among sexually abused children and adolescents. Child sexual abuse has been linked to higher levels of risk behaviors.

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

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

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

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! Many thanks to you all, keep up the great work!

 

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

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. Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities’ most vulnerable citizens.

 

Christina Kranick

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

The PTA is proud to support the KidSafe program at Sunrise Park. In January, we held a teacher workshop and a parent presentation to educate us on how to talk to our kids about a very scary subject in a non-threatening way and to empower them with lifetime safety skills. Exploitation prevention, Communication skills, Action plans, Buddy system, Safe vs. unsafe touch – These are very powerful and important topics for ALL parents, regardless of your children’s ages.

 

Karen Hamorsky
PTA Sunrise Park Elementary School

The KidSafe program is an essential piece of our curriculum. I highly recommend this program to any school that is interested in educating the whole child. Our school has purchased their book – Jack Teaches His Friends To Be KidSafe! For every classroom. I believe this book is a must for all parents and teachers who are concerned about the safety of children. This is the first book I found which teaches early childhood safety skills on a level they can understand and use.

 

Linda B. Harris, BS, MS
Director ECC Bnai Israel

As a father of two small boys and a former felony prosecutor, I’m keenly aware of the ever-present danger against which parents must constantly be vigilant. Please don’t merely hope and pray that your child will be safe. Your child must be prepared. KidSafe is an excellent program and helped us to introduce personal safety to our children without creating fear. Their book helped us to reiterate concepts and rules of personal safety to them in a way that they can easily grasp and remember. I strongly recommend KidSafe to all schools.

 

Carl Schreck
Parent of KidSafe Graduate

I feel that KidSafe Training reinforces the importance of child and teen safety that St. Mark’s Episcopal School already embodies. As a teacher, I want my students to be aware of the possible consequences for what they may see as innocent actions. Their awareness and caution could mean the difference of life and death. KidSafe opens their eyes to the harsh reality of what could happen via the internet if they aren’t careful about the comments and pictures they post.” Thanks for all you do!

 

Jessey Andris
Parent of KidSafe Graduate

Thank you Sally for all of your support at SPES. It was a smaller than usual group but there was a lot going on in the community. I am sure that you feel the same way that I do — it is always an important topic and if just one more person hears it we may be saving one more kid from danger. You are one amazing lady!

 

Alicia R. Steiger
Principal Sunrise Park Elementary School

My children participated in KidSafe and it was an incredible program. My children learned so much important information. My husband and I felt their lecture was life changing. We realize that we can no longer take the safety of our children for granted. Their book Jack Teaches His friends to be KidSafe has been a great resource and has helped our kids to remember and practice the KidSafe rules. The lessons this book teaches are priceless. I would recommend KidSafe and their book to any parent and school concerned about the safety of children.

 

Robyn Salk
Parent of KidSafe Graduatel