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CAC NEWSLETTER

2022 | February

Message from Sherry, President/CEO


Happy Valentines Day from all of us at the Child Advocacy Center! We have been feeling the love this month for donors, volunteers, and clients! Our waiting room walls are covered with hearts decorated by children visiting the center, we have a table full of Valentine-themed stuffed animals, and we’re looking forward to a fun Valentines themed party at Vecinos! Next month the Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation is hosting their 37th annual Wild Game Feast. Now is the perfect time to get a ticket for yourself and your Valentine!


Wishing you and yours lots of love,

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Sherry Kitchens, President/CEO

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wild Game Feast | March 3rd, 2022

Hosted by Rotary Clubs of Gainesville Foundation

Get your tickets online today!


Interested in volunteering at Hatchet Creek before, during or after the event? Sign up now!


The Amazing Give | April 21, 2022

Virtual Event - stay tuned for more details!

Black History Month

Today, systemic racism continues to affect the children we serve. Black children are more likely to experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) which include abuse and neglect (Sacks, 2018). Black history in the United States features a multitude of stories of resilience. Some of those women are listed below.

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Janie Porter Barrett

Founded Virginia Industrial School for Girls(now the Barrett Learning Center, a model learning center for communities across the United States) which served girls at risk of being placed in jail after being orphaned.


Fredericka Douglass Sprague Perry

Juvenile Court Worker who founded Colored Big Sister Home for Girls, calling attention to the gap in care for Black children in foster care.


Carry Steele

Train depot worker who was born into slavery and orphaned and later started the first Black orphanage in the United States, the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home


Read more

Child Centered Play Therapy

Last week was National Play Therapy Week-We are grateful for amazing staff who facilitate Child Centered Play Therapy!



Child Centered Play Therapy with a trauma informed lens allows children to process traumatic experiences in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Play is the natural language of children! They use play as a way to express their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. A child’s play gives a voice to experiences the child may be unable to verbalize. 


Trauma issues present as repeated patterns and themes in play. In play therapy, the language of play is used by both the child and therapist to process these repeated themes and patterns of trauma, build an emotional vocabulary, learn and model coping skills, address cognitive distortions, and address the child’s wishes and needs for resolution. In Child Centered Play Therapy, the child is given a safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental place to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. They are allowed the freedom to experiment with avenues of expression and resolution through play. 

How to Help

Interested in being a part of our mission to #breakthecycle? There are several ways you can contribute!


  • Child Life Volunteers help out at the center and spend time with children in the waiting area before or after therapy sessions. This weekly commitment is a great way to see the impact CAC services has on children and families.
  • Special Events Volunteers help with CAC events through out the year. You can help in advance or day of!
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  • Donations of individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, and school supplies are always appreciated!
  • Your financial support helps us continue to provide services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect!
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