Child Advocacy Centers are Changing the World by Helping Children
Look at the faces in the above photo. Do you see what I see?
Do you see the resolve?
Do you see the dedication?
Do you see the fact that they save the lives of Children each and every day.
Vulnerable Children. Children that have been abused.
Children that have been sexually abused.
They are the staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County in Wichita Kansas. November 4th, 2022, the Child Advocacy Center there held their annual Heroes Gala. The first such in-person annual event for a few years because of COVID. The theme of “Celebrating Heroes and Restoring Hope.” I (Dominic Carter) served as their keynote speaker. But it wasn’t about me. I was there to honor the phenomenal community work done by these professionals.
On this day in Wichita, upon my arrival it was about 75 degrees outside and beautiful. I thought what wonderful weather. But the next morning — -the day of the event — -which happened to be a Friday….the first Friday of the month in November…it rained all day and was quite cold. From the moment I walked outside the hotel about 7am until nighttime. (expecting the weather to be beautiful like the day before) That’s when some of the folks told me Kansas is known for unpredictable weather. I was getting a front-row seat. But here is the point. Nothing was going to stop the resolve of this group. The Child Advocacy Center in Wichita is in a large light brown/tan brick building, and staffers were there to meet me at now 7:30 AM in the pouring rain. I was doing a morning break-out session before the gala that evening.
In a nutshell, Child Advocacy Centers provide a child-friendly, safe, supportive environment for child victims of…