Welcome to SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center

SafeSpot Children’s Advocacy Center of Fairfax is a non-profit that provides direct services to child victims of sexual abuse and severe 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.

  Fashionable Fundraising 

Photo: Jan Miller | Make a Difference Photography
Suzanne Singer, Marge Odeen, Angel Jones & Debbie Copito

SafeSpot’s Fall Fashion Show at Bloomingdale’s on Sunday, October 26 was a terrific success!  Co-Chairs Debbie Copito and Suzanne Singer created a beautiful event for everyone to enjoy.  And we raised over $55,000 to support SafeSpot!

Mimosas and lovely food started the morning.  Then the show began with  Monika Samtani as our gracious emcee who kept the show on track.  The professional models wore the newest fall fashions and the children who modeled were the hit of the show with their own style and enthusiasm.   And we had many happy winners of the raffle items including  a team member who won the BIG prize – a week in Aspen!

We would like to thank Bloomingdale’s and all our sponsors who generously  supported the event and all the fashionistas who joined us to enjoy the show and shopped afterward.  Bloomingdale’s donated 10% of  sales associated with the event to SafeSpot.

Save the Date!  Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join us for the Champions4Children 5K Race/Walk! Register here!  

For more information on becoming a sponsor, or to register to become a sponsor click here!

 

Director’s Note

October was a busy month with 50 interviews!  In addition, we are  providing support to non-offending caregivers at the time of their child’s interview in an effort to support families throughout the intervention and healing process.  The volume of families served in just a few months is evidence that Fairfax County embraces the children’s advocacy center (CAC) model.  We are bursting at the seams in our small space.  Soon we will need a larger space to continue to meet the needs of the community.

On the treatment side of the house, Elle is now providing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to our young clients.   As the number of children interview increases, so does the number of therapy referrals.  More families need services at the CAC, but our capacity is limited.  We rely on community support to fund our efforts and enable us to expand our capacity to meet the needs of families in Fairfax County.  Please donate today so that we can continue to offer services and provide no-cost services to ALL families in need of our specialized services.

Since joining the SafeSpot team, I am continually impressed by the professionalism and compassion of the members of the Fairfax County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).  Their support of SafeSpot has been central to the success of the center.  I am so grateful to work alongside professionals who work long hours and do whatever it takes to protect the children in our community.  In addition, our dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers continue to support our efforts through fundraising and increasing awareness of our mission.

Please join us in ensuring that the children and families of Fairfax County have access to the best resources and services in the aftermath of child abuse.  Every donation makes a difference to the children and families we serve.  Visit our Donate page to help today!  If you would like to learn more about our mission and support our work, please email me.  I’d love to hear from you!