Free classes are available in Bonham at the Fannin County Children’s Center for adults to learn how to prevent, recognize and report child abuse. The classes are designed for parents, teachers, other school personnel, day care workers, coaches, Sunday School teachers and other professionals and volunteers who work with children.
“Recognizing & Reporting” is a 1.5 hour class that utilizes video, class discussion and case studies. Learning objectives include: the realities of child abuse, detailing who becomes victims, who the likely perpetrators are and the prevalence of abuse in all communities, the legal definitions, signs and symptoms of child abuse, how to communicate with a child who makes a disclosure of abuse, how to make a report and how to overcome one's fear's and barriers around reporting.
This class will be offered three times in the coming weeks. For those who want an evening class from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, there are two choices of days: on Tuesday, April 23 or May 7. A daytime class will be offered on May 2 from 11:30 – 1:00 pm.
“Stewards of Children” is a 3 hour class that utilities video, workbooks and class discussion to teach adults how to prevent, recognize and report child sexual abuse. The video includes personal stories from survivors of sexual abuse and education from professionals in the child abuse field. This class will be offered on May 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
All classes will be held at the Children’s Center at 112 West Fifth Street in Bonham. All participants who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate. Thanks to generous donations, there is no charge for the classes. Seating is limited.
To register for a class, contact Tara at the Children’s Center by phone at (903) 583-4339, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at 112 W. 5th in Bonham. Provide your name, which class you want to attend and a contact method (phone and/or email).
To schedule a “Stewards of Children” training class on site at your school, church or other youth serving organization, contact Sandy Barber at email@example.com or (903) 583-4339.
To schedule a “Recognizing & Reporting” class on site at your school, church or other youth serving organization, contact Sandy Hood. She can also teach the WHO Program (We Help Ourselves) to children so that they can learn personal safety rules that will encourage them to report child abuse. Contact Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (903) 583-4339.