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CAC Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 5-May/June 2017

June 1, 2017

Check out our May/June Newsletter highlighting our new Parent as Teachers Program!! #educateadvocateprevent #GulfCoastCAC   read more

 


 

Career Opportunity! Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Program

April 29, 2017

We are looking for a dedicated member to join an amazing team of professionals dedicated to helping our community's most vulnerable. Please find the position detail below and email your resume by May 5th to LoriAllen@gulfcoastcac.us or Lori.Allen@flhealth.gov.  read more

 


 

CAC Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 4-April 2017

April 15, 2017

CAC Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 4-April 2017. Child Abuse Prevention Month Edition!!  read more

 


 

CAC Newsletter Issue 3: March 2017

March 23, 2017

Keep up to date with all the latest news and stories of hope from the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center!!  read more

 


 

Designer Purse Spring 2017 Photos!

March 23, 2017

So many thanks to Rick Cooper Photography for these amazing photos from Designer Purse Bingo! Professionally high quality prints of any image may be ordered thru him. He will donate 20% of the net proceeds back to the CAC. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t7xjdn1vp6mats5/AADdv2cijPjiH5CBGPdtl6pca?dl=0  read more

 


 

CAC Newsletter Issue 2-February 2017

February 25, 2017

Keep up to date with all the latest news and stories of hope from the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center!!  read more

 


 

CAC Newsletter Issue 1-January 2017

January 31, 2017

Check out the newest edition of the our agency's monthly newsletter! #educateadvocateprevent  read more

 


 

Silent Epidemic-News Herald

December 6, 2016

PANAMA CITY - On Sunday evenings, Lori Allen sits down to scan national news headlines, looking for any case involving serious child abuse or child homicide. Allen, executive director of the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, can usually guess the facts of a case just by reading the headline. On a child homicide, the perpetrator generally will be a non-related caregiver - typically a boyfriend. There's usually a history of maternal substance abuse, previous instances of domestic violence at the home and the child usually will be 2 years old or younger. Last year, the exact situation played out in Calhoun County, when 2-year old Anya Dziura was killed by her mother's boyfriend, Stephen Young. Young pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child, while Jessica Dziura, the girl's mother, was given a six-year sentence for child neglect. Reports and substantiated instances of child abuse in Bay County have increased during the past several years. In the last six months of 2015, the Department of Children and Families received 1,345 reports of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical and sexual abuse. Of those claims, 151 were substantiated with a serious finding from DCF. In the first six months of this year, there already have been 1,566 calls, and 172 serious findings. Allen, whose organization sees referrals from the six-county area of Circuit 14, saw just more than 1,100 children in 2014. Last year, 1,325 children were referred to them, and this year, they're on pace to break 1,500 cases. But, Allen said, it's not just about the numbers. "People look at those statistics and they think, 'Wow that's really tragic,' " she said. "When you put a face and a name and an experience to that ... there are some schools that don't even have that many children enrolled."  read more

 


 

Making life easier for the Johnson Family-WJHG

August 15, 2016

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) A Jackson County family's life was changed Saturday, thanks to the assistance of the community, who came together to build a ramp to help make life for a young boy and his family a little bit easier. Three-year-old Bryson Johnson has seen some hard times in his short life. At seven-months-old, he suffered disabling injuries at the hands of his mother’s paramour, that left him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life. Since then, this young boy has been surrounded by the love and support of his family, and now, the community. "This is a community project,” says Jackson County Sheriff’s Investigator Cheree Edwards. “It takes the deputies, it takes the people that are here working, it takes LuAnne, and I know that it is what is going to be a blessing to them." "As a family advocate, we're here just to make our families happy and do whatever it is they need," explains Family Advocate, LuAnne Dean, with the Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. “They want this baby safe. They want him to stay in a safe place, and now we are here to do whatever it takes.  read more

 


 

Headliners Announced for 6th Annual "Stars & Guitars"

August 1, 2016

Please join us for our 6th Annual Stars & Guitars benefit concert sponsored by Eastern Shipbuilding Group! One of a kind show, all talent on the stage, singing your favorites in an acoustic setting. Hear the stories behind the music, and all to benefit our local children served by the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Tickets on sale August 5th at for lodging and ticket packages at the following locations: Holiday Inn (Panama City), Hilton Garden Inn, Rodeway Inn. Tickets on sale August 12th for tickets only at: www.marinaciviccenter.com or at their box office location, 9 Harrison Avenue beginning at 9AM.  read more

 


 

Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Program to Host Open House

April 22, 2016

Please join our agency in celebrating the Open House of the Gulf Coast Sexual Assault Center on Friday, April 22nd at 10AM. This program provides critical services for victims of sexual violence throughout the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. Located at 310 E. 11th Street.  read more

 


 

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2016

Join us as we kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month with lunch at g. Foley's on Friday, April 1 at 11:30am!  read more

 


 

Training is needed to improve abuse reporting system

March 22, 2016

Most child abuse stays secret. Here’s a way to help change that.  read more

 


 

National Association of Social Work Award

March 21, 2016

Congratulations to all of our community's award recepients at tonight's National Association of Social Work- Emerald Coast Annual Dinner, including our own Board Member, Brandy Haimen, & Executive Director, Lori Allen  read more

 


 

 

 

 

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