July 1, 2020
Continued Momentum

As we set out to celebrate our 20th year, we could never have guessed the challenges we would face as an organization, a child protection community, and citizens of the world. Still, our momentum has only continued to grow as we strive toward our original vision: a world free of child sexual abuse. As we …

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June 26, 2020
Keep Kids Safe

Survivors of Child Abuse and National Leaders Call on Congress for COVID-19 Relief Bi-partisan support and funding can help protect children from abuse. June 25, 2020 – Child abuse advocates along with national, state, and local organizations ask Congress for at least $300 million in emergency funding to strengthen child safety and protection programs in …

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June 25, 2020
Announcing 1.95 Million Trained

In the 15 years since Stewards of Children® first launched, we have seen an incredible community response. Concerned adults around the world have taken up the call to action to protect children and prevent child sexual abuse. Today, we are happy to announce that we have trained 1.95 million adults and counting in child sexual …

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June 11, 2020
Reopening: Summer Camp Safety!

Every summer, kids look forward with excitement to camp, and some parents rely on the experiences so they can work while school is out. While COVID-19 is still a concern, it’s clear that summertime activities like camp will look a little different than usual. This year, some camps are not opening at all, while some …

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June 2, 2020
A Statement from the CEO: Justice & Huma ...

George Floyd and countless others in the black community have died unjust and heartbreaking deaths. For days I’ve tried to thoughtfully process how I wanted to address the Darkness to Light community at large – processing my grief, individually calling my team members to check in on their mental health and well-being, and gathering together as a team to discuss our course of action moving forward.  …

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May 28, 2020
Home Should Be Safe

She’s used to playing strong, no-nonsense characters. Now she’s lending that strength to the voices of others who may not be able to speak for themselves. Alysia Reiner is a familiar face, most notably as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. However, some of Alysia’s favorite roles are the ones she plays …

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May 6, 2020
Stress, Resiliency, and COVID-19

Let’s face it, we are all experiencing some level of chronic stress in the era of COVID-19, even our children. That stress could have long lasting effects on our mental and physical health. But it doesn’t have to. As an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor, I meet many parents who are trying to do their …

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April 27, 2020
Digital Safety Tips

According to the New York Times, tech companies reported over 45 million online photos and videos of children being sexually abused in 2018 – more than double what they found the previous year. For parents, caregivers, and concerned citizens, headlines like this can be overwhelming and disheartening. How can this be the case? And how …

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April 26, 2020
Safe Online Learning: For Parents

With schools moving to digital learning, your kids may be spending more time online. Whether playing games, having classes, or socializing with friends, they are in front of a screen more than normal. So, how do you ensure they are staying safe online? Just like you would if your children were going to a friend’s …

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April 20, 2020
Protecting Children During a Crisis Reso ...

Protecting Children may look different, but it’s still possible. We’ve joined forces with our partners at the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, the JED Foundation, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF), and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to provide resources for …

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April 17, 2020
7 Body Safety Lessons to Learn from Disn ...

Have you ever noticed that kids seem to be experts at asking difficult questions? As the adult in their life, you want to be able to equip them to handle all of life’s curveballs… but some topics just seem to come out of left field. Using scenes from movies can be a great way to …

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April 10, 2020
Make Your Own Family Code of Conduct

What is your family culture? Have you ever stopped to think about it? Does your family have inside jokes, daily rituals, or unspoken schedules? Have you ever thought about the unique way your family talks to each other, approaches conflict, or solves problems? How do you deal with unexpected stressful situations, like social distancing? The …

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April 3, 2020
How to be a Safe Adult

Being a safe adult means that a child can trust you to be there for them when they need help. We often talk about what it means to be a safe adult when a child discloses abuse to you. In fact, this is a critical part of the fifth step of the 5 Steps to …

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April 1, 2020
Child Abuse Prevention Month

When it comes to child safety, we’re encouraging you to take things One Day at a Time. Protecting kids doesn’t have to be a big haul or an overwhelming process—in fact, there are protective measures we can take that can come as easy as taking a deep breath. As our communities continue to press pause …

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March 26, 2020
When "What If" Becomes "What Now"

Spending a lot of time at home with your kids? Looking for a fun and healthy activities to do together? Try the “What If” Game! The “What If?” Game is a great way to pose possible situations to kids that they may face in life and would need to solve. As a parent or caregiver, it’s …

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March 25, 2020
Safe Online Learning: For Teachers

During this unusual time, you have had to completely change the way you teach. Your lesson plans, activities, and discussions look very different than they did just a few weeks ago. As you tread through this new space, it’s important to remember that in your physical classroom environment you have classroom rules and your school …

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March 23, 2020
Minimizing Opportunity During Coronaviru ...

We have all felt the impact of the Coronavirus in our lives, but none more than the victim of abuse who may be quarantined with their abuser. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I know what it feels like to live with a perpetrator, and I know how important any time away from home …

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March 22, 2020
Up Your Coaching Game: Take it to the Ne ...

When you commit to creating a safe, protective environment for your athletes, you create a place where they can grow and excel. So, how do you take it to the next level? Be informed about child abuse, be aware of your environment, and be prepared to respond to concerns. Know the appropriate steps to take …

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March 17, 2020
Up Your Coaching Game: Communication

Communication is key to coaching and teamwork. You communicate with other coaches, staff, athletes and their parents every day in your facility. But how do you converse with them? A big part of preventing abuse is open, honest communication. When dialogue is encouraged among coaches, athletes, and parents, it makes it harder for an offender …

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