The Lauren’s Kids foundation has taken proactive efforts to make Florida a safer place for children through advocacy, education and public awareness. It was founded by Lauren Book, M.S.Ed., child abuse survivor, child advocate, educator and CEO of the Lauren’s Kids foundation. Read about Lauren and her team. Watch the video below for information about the prevalence of child sexual abuse.
The Lauren’s Kids foundation has advocated for the passage of more than two dozen state laws that protect children from abuse and provide support for survivors of sexual violence. For the history of the related changes to Florida laws, visit the Legislation page on the Lauren’s Kids website.
Some notable changes to Florida law include:
Safer, Smarter Kids is a child abuse prevention education curriculum developed by the Lauren’s Kids foundation designed to empower children to protect themselves in situations where someone could abuse them. Children are armed with protective principles and vocabulary to express their feelings and talk to a trusted adult.
Each grade-level and developmentally appropriate curriculum includes five to eight lessons that are aligned with the Florida Standards and Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for easy
integration into the classroom. The curriculum enables all children to effectively learn these critical strategies, no matter their learning style.
Safer, Smarter Teens, a curriculum for middle and high school students, encourages students to tap into their personal power and become advocates for change in their communities, while learning how to use their voices to better protect themselves and others and is available for order today.
Joining Lauren’s Kids foundation in the fight is the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (FNCAC). According to its website, FNCAC, “…provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a statewide level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities throughout Florida responding to reports of child abuse and neglect. It does this though children’s advocacy centers throughout the state, which together form a … child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.”
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