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Fannin County Children’s Center offers classes
By Fannin County Children’s Center
Dec 24, 2013
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Child abuse prevention classes, CASA volunteer training classes and a new Courage Group are all in the plans for the new year at the Fannin County Children’s Center.

“Our new tag line is “Prevent. Advocate. Heal.” and it also describes our plans for the new year,” said Sandy Barber with the Children’s Center.

Prevent. Two different types of classes have been scheduled for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to child abuse. The “Recognize & Report” class will be taught by Sandy Hood and offered at 3 different times early in 2014. Jan 21 and Feb 3 the class will be held in the evening from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. A daytime class is set for Jan 23 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. This class focuses on identifying all types of child abuse and how to respond appropriately. The “Stewards of Children” class will be offered on Feb 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and taught by Sandy Barber. This class focuses on preventing, identifying and responding to child sexual abuse. All classes will be held at the Children’s Center at 112 W. 5th in Bonham and all classes are free, thanks to generous donors. To sign up for a class, contact Tara at tara@fanninccc.org or (903) 583-4339.

Advocate. A new CASA volunteer training class will held every Tuesday evening in February (Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25) from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. In addition to the class room time, there is also some independent studies and activities that must be completed by prospective volunteers, as well as courtroom observation time in order to successfully complete the training to become an advocate for children in foster care. Those who pass all background checks and successfully complete the training will be sworn-in on Feb 28.

CASA volunteers spend 10-15 hours on average each month in their advocacy work for a specific child or sibling group that is in the custody of the state. CASA advocates visit the children regularly and talk with family, caseworkers, attorneys, counselors, foster parents and others involved in the child’s life. They prepare written court reports and attend court hearings in order to speak up for the child’s best interest. To learn more or to get an application, go to www.fanninccc.org or contact Sandy Hood at (903) 583-4339.

Heal. The Courage Group is a support group for adult women who were sexually abused as children. A new group will begin Jan 23 and meet weekly for 12 weeks each Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm at the Children’s Center. There is no charge for participating in this group. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the group facilitator Sandy Hood at sandyh@fanninccc.org or (903) 583-4339.

For more information about any of these classes or programs, go to www.fanninccc.org or call (903) 583-4339.