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

Our vision is a world where all kids are safe from sexual abuse and childhood trauma.

For over thirteen years, KidSafe has been making children harder targets for sexual abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking.  Childhood trauma-without resiliency skills-causes lifelong health issues, both behavioral and physical.  The CDC estimates that the lifetime treatment of one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment costs approximately $124 billion. KidSafe has educated over 60,000 children with onsite education and safety education books, and has taught over 30,000 grown-ups how to keep their kids safe.

Children who are educated at school, at after-care, and at home about their personal safety are more empowered to report when they feel “uncomfortable” thereby preventing sexual abuse or a continuous cycle of abuse and a lifetime of health issues.  We are all the vanguards of children’s safety.  When we can comfortably discuss personal safety and child sexual abuse prevention, our children gain the confidence and support necessary to stay safe.

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Management Team

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Laura Askowitz

Chief Executive Officer

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Cherie Benjoseph MSW, LCSW

Co-Founder, Child Safety Expert

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Elysse Dion

Director of Programs

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Board of Directors

Leonard H. Keilin

Chairman of the Board

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Steve Wechsler

Vice Chairman

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Beth A. Johnston


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Christina Kalsan

Board Member


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Peter Oldbury, CFP

Board Member


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Nicole Roman

Board Member

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James Schumaker

Board Member

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Steve Tainsky

Board Member

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Advisory Council


Andrea S. Garcia

Advisory Council Member


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Elizabeth Parker, Esq.

Advisory Council Member

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Dan Paul-Heskins

Advisory Council Member

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Gregory Schiller, Esq.

Advisory Council Member

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Heidi Schaeffer, MD

Advisory Council Member

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