Welcome to SafeSpot, Children's Advocacy Center Online

SafeSpot,  a Children’s Advocacy Center,  is  a non-profit center that will provide direct services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Fairfax County.   At the Advocacy Center, the needs of the CHILD are the top priority. The center is designed to reduce the trauma experienced by child abuse victims as they navigate the legal, investigative and social service systems following an allegation of abuse. SafeSpot is  a public-private partnership with Fairfax County Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, The Commonwealth Attorney’s office, Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Community Services Board who work collaboratively on each case.

 

Director's Corner

Yes it's true!  We officially opened the doors to SafeSpot on April 2nd 2014 and we couldn't have done it without you! The day was beautiful and amazing ! We had such a great turn out with a community filled with support, to include County Supervisors, Senators and Delegates and our direct partners and stakeholders.  It surely was impressive! Thank you, to  all of you for your tireless efforts in helping this come together. From those who stopped by with toys and financial contributions to the words of encouragement and emotional support you provided us,  I salute and thank you!

While the work behind the scenes is mostly complete, we now embark on the real work.  We are now able to give the hope and a voice to those children who have experienced sexual abuse. We are now opened to provide a safe place for these children to feel and be heard.

It is most exciting to see what lies ahead, not only on the lives we will impact, but also on how we as a community come together and continue to strengthen our efforts to respond to these children in need.  I am excited and hopeful for all our endless possibilities. If you would like to be involved or have ideas you would like to share, please email me.

 

Did You Know?

Pinwheel gardens are springing up all over the county!  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and   SafeSpot  will be  focusing  awareness on the issue of child abuse and neglect by  planting "gardens"  of pinwheels at locations around the county including   schools, churches, libraries, neighborhoods, Meadow Farms locations and special events. So when you see the twirling pinwheels , consider the plight of abused children and SPEAK UP for a child. The problem with child abuse is that it is a secret and shameful issue so no one wants to talk about it.   But we want to break the silence and hopefully, the cycle of abuse.   We want to encourage children to speak up if they are being abused and for adults to report any abuse they may suspect to the Fairfax County CPS Hotline 703-324-7400.  Although deciding to report suspected child abuse can be a difficult process, it is an important first step toward protecting a child who might be in danger.  Once reported, the professionals can take over and investigate the issue and determine a safe solution.   And it can make a HUGE difference in the life of a child.        

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Recent News

  • SafeSpot visits Chipotle in Reston Town Center

    SafeSpot visited Chipotle at Reston Town Center on June 24th, 2014 and were graciously supported by friends, family, and the Chipotle team! Michelle Kingsley and Samira Ramezan organized an amazing event where 50% of the profits between 4-8pm at this Chipotle were donated to SafeSpot.  The SafeSpot team would like to thank these two women,...

  • And the 5K winner is…

    And the winner is…   Alex Haugh of Vienna, VA won our April 26 Champions4Children 5K Race and Fun Run, and the first woman across the finish line was Kim Fagen, also of Vienna.    However, we all know that the true winner was SafeSpot, and the children it serves. The second annual cross-country race through...

  • Support SafeSpot at Chipotle!

    Cause an Effect On June 24th, Chipotle in Reston Town Center has graciously offered to support SafeSpot’s mission in providing direct services to innocent children who have been sexually and/or physically abused. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Chipotle at Reston Town Center Reston, VA 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Show this flier to the cashiers when you visit...

  • Thanks!

    Thanks to the many public officials, team members, friends and family who came out to support the official Grand Opening of Safespot, Fairfax’s Children’s Advocacy Center on April 2.  It was great to celebrate with so many people who had contributed their time and talents to make the center a reality.

  • The Great Zucchini is coming!

    Race day will be even more fun!  The Great Zucchini will be coming to entertain the young runners!  Readers of the Arlington magazine  voted him the Best Children’s Entertainer  and the Washingtonian magazine said he had a “magical ability to connect with children”.  Don’t miss the fun.  Bring the whole family, take a walk in...

  • Wow! Rebecca Cooper is the Grand Marshal for the race.

    Rebecca Cooper of WJLA/ABC will be the Grand Marshal for the Champions4Children Race!   She has been a long time supporter of the fight against child abuse and gives her time and support willingly and graciously.   She is ANOTHER reason to register for the race on Saturday, April 26.

  • The center is one step closer!

    After searching for months, we found a great  location for the  SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center.   We had to make sure that it was child-f riendly and accessible for all the children and families we serve.  We just signed the lease  and will be painting,  decorating  and finding furniture  for it in the next few weeks before...

  • Future Funding

    Recently,  the House and Senate Appropriators filed their FY14 budget agreement that provides funding for the FY14 budget.  As you may have heard, the Victims of Child Abuse Act programs were funded again at $19 million, the same as in the FY13 budget!   The bill is expected to pass both the House and Senate,...