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2022 | May

Message from Sherry, President/CEO

This past month, we have been so grateful to experience the generosity of our local community coming together in support of the Child Advocacy Center!


Thank you to all the AMAZING individuals who donated during the Amazing Give on April 21st! These funds will be going towards the daily operating costs of the CAC and ensuring that it is a welcoming, safe place for the children we serve to heal. We appreciate your support and helping us celebrate such a giving community.


Last Saturday, we kicked-off the beginning of summer with the 3rd annual Slacker Run (.4K) and it was a lovely day for donuts, beer, and family-fun! Thank you to the host, Oakmont, for putting together this event to benefit the CAC and all the slackers who attended!


As I’m sure you can imagine, children and families in our community are still struggling with the after effects of COVID, financial stressors and uncertainty. Your support ensures that those who have been affected by abuse and violence get the services and support they need when they need it. We are able to help because of you- THANK YOU!


Wishing you and yours lots of love,


Sherry Kitchens, President/CEO




Your generous contributions during the Amazing Give are so appreciated by the CAC staff and board members - check out the video below to see how thankful we are!

Small Victories - Big Impacts

This month the Advocacy/Case Management Team continued their exceptional work to support child victims.  One of our advocates, Devon Montague, worked with a caregiver and the Office of the Attorney General to get a child approved for funding through the Victim’s Compensation Fund of Florida. This will allow the child to have specialized therapy to meet the specific needs of the child’s victimization without financial barriers. 


The Advocate/Case Managers are also working with the School Board of Alachua County to access the Hope Scholarships for a client who needs specialized academic environments due to enhance their safety and well-being. The Hope Scholarship is designed to help students transfer to another public or private school due to bullying or harassment. One of our advocates, Kimberly Gragg, worked with a caregiver and child who has experienced bullying at her current school as a result of her victimization. Having the opportunity to transfer schools would assist in the child feeling safe and supported. The success of this application would help to improve the child's educational development and their mental health. 

In Recognition of National Police Week

We want to share how thankful we are for support from local law enforcement agencies including High Springs Police Department, Alachua Police Department, Alachua County Sherriff's Office, and Gainesville Police Department. You help keep our community safe and do so much to protect and support the children we serve-THANK YOU!


Gainesville Police Department recognized some of the law enforcement officers that we have worked with on many child abuse and neglect cases over the last several years. Congratulations to all!

Stephen Kreimig – Persons Case of the Year Award: Det. Desiree Russano


Stephen Kreimig – Property Case of the Year Award: Det. Cpl. Justin Torres


R.T. Angel – Detective of the Year Award: Det. Donna Montague


R.B. Ward Detective Leadership of the Year Award: Sgt. Nick Ferrara


Investigations Bureau Civilian of the Year Award: FST Savannah Galloway


Marc Trahan Forensic Investigator of the Year Award: Inv. Bret Starr


Gladys Lucas Victim Compassion Award: Det. Cpl. Amanda Prince

Daniel's Story

Daniel is a 15 year old male who came to the attention of the CAC due to a human trafficking experience in 2021. Daniel has also experienced ongoing trauma within his family dynamic. After being able to work through processing his trauma utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Canine Assisted Therapy, Daniel has gained more tools to regulate emotions and gain pro-social skills. Daniel used to have big trauma symptoms that took the form of problematic behaviors. He is no longer engaging in high risk behaviors and has been able to shift his focus on his future. For example, he has sought out different speech contests in order to gain experience as well as college scholarship opportunities. Daniel has a goal to be a trauma responsive therapist and has stated numerous times how safe and supported he feels at the CAC.

The 3rd Annual Slacker Run .4k was a success!

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The costume contest was a huge success!

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Christina Price, Slacker Run Committee Chair and Ollie had a blast cheering all the runners on!

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Kids and adults had fun with yard games!

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We are so thankful for all of the support from sponsors!

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 and juice boxes are always appreciated!
  • Your financial support helps us continue to provide services to children who have experienced abuse or neglect!
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