The Fannin County Children’s Center is offering free child abuse prevention classes for adults. The classes are ideal for parents, teachers, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and others who work with children and youth.
The class called “Recognizing & Reporting” utilizes video, class discussion and case studies. Learning objectives include: the realities of child abuse, detailing who becomes victims, who the likely perpetrators are and the prevalence of abuse in all communities, the legal definitions, signs and symptoms of child abuse, how to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure of abuse, how to make a report and how to overcome one's fear's and barriers around reporting. This class will be offered two times in September at the Center: on Tuesday, Sept 10 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm and again on Thursday, Sept 12 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
The class called “Stewards of Children” utilizes video, interactive workbooks and class discussion. Topics covered include how to recognize signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, how to react to a child making a disclosure of sexual abuse, as well as steps that individuals and organizations can take to prevent sexual abuse of children. This class will be offered for free on Monday, Sept 16 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm at the Center.
All classes will be held at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. All participants who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate. Thanks to generous donations, there is no charge for the classes. Seating is limited.
To register, contact Tara at the Children’s Center by phone at (903) 583-4339, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 112 W. 5th in Bonham. Provide your name, which class you want to attend and a contact method (phone and/or email). To schedule one of these trainings on site at your school, church or other youth serving organization, contact Sandy Barber at (903) 583-4339.
The Children's Center also collaborates with Texoma Community Center (formerly MHMR Services of Texoma) to provide the WHO Program to children and youth in school and other settings, such as church school or VBS. Classes utilize video and class discussion to teach children about personal safety. Topics vary depending on the age of children the class is designed for. For more information or to schedule a WHO program in Fannin County, contact Sandy Hood at (903) 583-4339 or Paula Cawthon at (903) 957-4700.