With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Tell us about your business/nonprofit and how it benefits local families?
Children’s Cove is the Child Advocacy Center for the Cape & Islands. Children’s Cove provides a compassionate, efficient, child-friendly organization for child abuse intervention. We provide a streamlined process to support children and family with a focus on hope, empowerment, and the healthiest outcome.
Where is it located?
Barnstable, but serves the entire Cape & Islands.
What is your favorite thing about our community?
There are so many people and organizations who work together for the betterment of children and families on Cape Cod & the Islands.
How else do you get involved with the community?
I serve as a volunteer for CCYP, I am board-chair for Leadership Cape Cod, and do my best to be flexible in my work hours to serve as much of our community as possible.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Some of the big ones are the cost of living and challenges with affordability and accessibility of child care. More personally, just the difficulty to connect to other parents in the community and form meaningful peer relationships.
What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
I interact with many, many people. Sometimes survivors, or parents of survivors of abuse come to me and say thank you and give an update to how things are going. Most of the time I am not involved in the direct care aspect of our work, and sometimes these are people who came years before I started working at the Cove. But the message is always the same: You helped so much and are amazing. It’s a blessing to work somewhere that that is the message constantly given back.
What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Child sexual abuse is preventable. Sometimes topics which seem difficult to talk about, really aren’t. It’s the fear we hold in our own hearts about those topics which hold us back. Children want to listen, learn, absorb, and model everything we say. Let body safety and openness to discuss difficult topics be one of them. If you need help, we would be happy to help you at Children’s Cove in how to have the conversation.
Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Keep your eyes on our social media pages for some special events coming in April this year!
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