Our Mission - Military Veterans Against Child Abuse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate young children, parents, child care providers, teachers and the community as a whole about child safety and child abuse prevention through educational material, activities, seminar and advocacy.
Vision - Our vision is a world where children feel safe and unafraid because they have been given the information and tools to make smart and empowered choices.
Our Pledge - "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the right of all children to grow up free from physical, verbal and sexual abuse.
So help me God."
"How to Deal With Strangers Safely" is a 40-minute power point safety program, developed specifically for 2nd through 5th grade students, using a cast of multicultural kids. During this program, kids learn the difference between "Good Strangers/Trusted Adults" and "Bad Strangers/Tricksters". They will learn how to effectively use the buddy system, different tricks or stories that a predator may use to lure a child, what to do if someone attempts to grab them, where to go and how to avoid being put in that situation.
The A-B-C Learn Safety With Me program is a comprehensive, innovative program that teaches three to six year old children the basics of safety, personal hygiene, their alphabet and numbers. When the child is introduced to a new number or alphabet, a corresponding safety rule is also taught. The suggested activities are designed to be taught in 30 minute increments and to complement a child development center's current curriculum, not replace it. The A-B-C Learn Safety With Me program is based on the two comprehensive, age appropriate child safety books pictured below, The ABC's and 123's of Child Safety and our bilingual version, A-B-C Learn Safety With Me.
This program was designed to fill a void in the child safety area specifically for three to six year old children. The books that are currently available for this age group generally touch upon one or two safety topics. In our books and program, we introduce a range of safety topics from A-Z on subjects such as - stranger awareness, bullying, fire and pool safety, animal safety, car seat safety, not keeping secrets, inappropriate touching to personal hygiene issues, such as brushing their teeth and washing their hands. All of the safety topics are taught using age appropriate language in a fun, non-scary way and interwoven in between learning their numbers and alphabet.
Sharon M. Blacknall