WellSpring Takes Action to Protect Children of Morgan County as a Darkness to Light “Partner in Prevention”

By | April 10, 2019


Staff Members Trained in Award-Winning Stewards of Children® Program for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Martinsville, IN 04/03/2019 – WellSpring has achieved Partner in Prevention status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations which take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of the children they serve.

One in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. WellSpring earned the Partner in Prevention designation by providing Stewards of Children® training 100% of its staff. This evidence-informed program is scientifically proven to help participants prevent and respond to child sexual abuse. 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.

Darkness to Light is an international organization that leads 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.

“Having 25 or more children with us on a daily basis is a wonderful opportunity, but also a huge responsibility”, stated WellSpring Executive Director Bob Goodrum. “Sadly, too many organizations take on responsibilities for which they are not adequately trained or prepared. This is just another step in building our teams’ competencies to better serve those in need the right way”, stated Goodrum.

To learn more about child sexual abuse prevention training or to enroll your organization in Darkness to Light’s “Partner in Prevention” program, please visit www.D2L.org/education/partner-in-prevention

About WellSpring:

WellSpring has served as Morgan County’s only shelter for homeless families since 1988 and is the county’s largest provider of services to the homeless. Last year, they provided more than 20,000 nights of shelter with 9,380 of those being to children. They presently are raising funds to launch a play therapy program to assist children whose lives have been impacted by the trauma of homelessness and other adverse childhood experiences.

About Darkness to Light:

Darkness to Light is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse. 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.