Child Safe is a place I hope none of your children ever have to visit. Unfortunately, there is a need for Child Advocacy centers like Child Safe in our world today.Before there were children’s advocacy centers, a child would have to endure numerous interviews by many different people. Think about it.  There would be a long line of people who needed to know in order to move forward:  a teacher, school counselor, school principal, social worker, police officer, and many others.  These meetings would be more and more embarrassing and intimidating, and it just wasn't conducive to a child being able to tell about the abuse. Investigators who worked with these children realized that a system-wide change needed to be made to improve the system’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect.

That's where Child Safe began in 1997.  The group found the existing system to be fragmented, requiring victims to be exposed to multiple interviews by different agencies, with little ongoing support. The reality surfaced that victims could “fall through the cracks” or get the impression of being “re-victimized” by a system designed for adults, not children. A residence at 102 East 10th Street in Sedalia was purchased in the fall of 1998 and extensive work began to remodel the structure into Child Safe’s offices.

And now, they do their best to make the house, the people, and the whole experience as pleasant and welcoming as possible.  If you've been there, you can tell - this is just like a trip to Grandma's.  But that doesn't happen without a lot of hard work from a lot of great people. And yes, that means funding.  That's where you and I come in.   Please join us for the 5th Annual Dessert Auction. I talked with one of the organizers of the auction, Carolyn Green, the Executive Director of Child Safe, about what you can do to help them.

This event will be held at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd Street.  Thirty desserts will be chosen for the live auction.  All other desserts will be available for purchase at the 'cash and carry' tables.  We will also be serving chili/dessert for a free-will donation.  I'm submitting a dessert for sale myself! My mom had an old recipe for sugar cookies that were just like the Archway soft sugar cookies.

Only mine will be BETTER. We're talking thick, soft, luscious sugar cookies here. This is the good stuff. So make sure you come out and bid like crazy. It'll be held on November 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Do visit their website if you want to find out more about the group, or you can also follow them on Facebook.

Deliciously yours,