Community Outreach

DCAC is dedicated to creating communities in which children and families live free from abuse and/ or neglect and are free to reach their full potential. A key component to preventing and responding to child abuse and/or neglect is education. We offer multiple training opportunities for the community. These opportunities provide your organization with the tools needed to aid in the movement to prevent child abuse, as well as having an adequate preparedness should a situation arise.

Education and Training opportunities include:

  • Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding to Child Abuse
    Recognizing signs of abuse and neglect, how to adhere to the mandated reporting laws, and how to respond to the child’s disclosure.
  • The CAC’s Response to Child Abuse
    The CAC’s role in the investigation, prosecution, & treatment of child abuse & neglect. DCAC’s services.
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children
    Child sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
  • Children’s Trust of SC – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
    Understanding ACEs and building self-healing communities.
  • Be Safe- A one-time Psychoeducational Session
    Teaching body safety and proper boundaries to children ages 3-8. Children will be taught the names for private parts, about “ok” and “not ok” touches, appropriate boundaries, & who to tell about getting a “not ok” touch. **Parent permission required**”

DCAC provides training to our MDT partners (Law Enforcement, DSS, GAL’s, k-12 Education, etc.), community organizations, youth-serving organizations, and the general public.

For additional information, contact Melinda Hartoin at mhartoin@dorchestercac.org

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