We recently achieved Partner in Prevention status from Darkness to Light. Partner in Prevention was created as a national standard to help parents and caregivers recognize organizations that take child protection seriously by implementing policy and training staff to prevent child sexual abuse.

The nonprofit Darkness to Light awards this designation to organizations that take extra steps to protect the children they serve. They train staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the child’s best interest.

Members of our Multidisciplinary Team and Advisory Board met for three hours to review video, testimonials, and real-life scenarios—called the Stewards of Children® training—all facilitated by a Darkness to Light trainer. This evidence-informed program is scientifically proven to help participants prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.

As a Children’s Justice Center, we work closely with those who have been abused, their caregivers, and their family members. It's important that our staff can prioritize the emotional and mental state of these individuals when interacting with them—and this training helps us do that.

We are updating our Code of Conduct to emphasize continued training. We want to participate in current best practices to deliver top-of-class support to those who enter our doors. We hope to set an example for our community in terms of how to educate and arm ourselves to protect our children.

About Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light is an international organization leading the movement to end child sexual abuse by educating and empowering adults in education, youth serving organizations, and communities to protect children. Darkness to Light has affiliates in all 50 states and 17 international locations. Through education and awareness, the organization seeks to create a safer world for children to grow and thrive. Darkness to Light’s flagship program, Stewards of Children®, is a one-of-a-kind, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. More than 1.4 million adults have been trained using the program. For more information, visit www.D2L.org.