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 Note

As we approach Labor Day, and the children head back to school, I find myself reflecting on SafeSpot's first summer.  Since our opening on April 2, 2014, over 120 forensic interviews have been conducted at SafeSpot!  We are also 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 and makes the child the priority!  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!

As we wrap up summer and look forward to autumn, we are preparing to launch our therapy offerings in early September.  Elle and I look forward to meeting the needs of children in need of the specialized intervention and treatment and growing our professional services.  The need is great in Fairfax County.  We rely on community support to fund our efforts.  Please donate to help us to provide hope and healing to the children.

Since joining the SafeSpot team on June 2, 2014, 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 when faced with the tragedy of child abuse.  Every donation makes a difference to a child.  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!

     

Fall Fashion Show on Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's time for all  fashionistas to gather again!  Please join us for a party with a purpose -  a fun-filled morning viewing the latest fashions, gathering with friends, all while raising greatly needed funds for SafeSpot of Fairfax.  Amazing raffle prizes will be available to win including a Gucci purse, Jo Malone perfume, Capitals tickets, travel packages, and much more! Bloomingdale's is generously donating 10% of the day's purchases made by guests to SafeSpot, Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax.

Thanks to your generous support last year, SafeSpot was able to open it's doors in April of this year as the sole Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) in Fairfax. .  Since April, almost 100 interviews have been conducted, and a therapy program has been established.  However, we still need the support of donors like you to ensure that SafeSpot can continue to provide these greatly needed services.

Buy a ticket, become a sponsor or donate if you cannot attend. Or please consider buying raffle tickets and donating them to or purchasing a ticket for one of the first responders who dedicate their lives to making this process less difficult for the victims who have already suffered.   Every dollar makes a difference.

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Recent News

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    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,...