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Child Abuse & Neglect (C.A.N.) Prevention Program

Would you like to be a CAN Prevention Program volunteer?
Learn more by calling (559) 651-0130, ext. 3710.
Complete the application.

Everyday in America, 9,000 children are reported as abused, neglected, or abandoned; 500 children are placed in foster care; and 5 children die from child abuse. In Tulare County, 1 out of 11 children is a reported victim of child abuse. Currently, 1,800 children are in the juvenile court dependency system, most of whom are victims of child abuse and neglect.

Our mission is to break the cycle of abuse by educating children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. In 1985, the Tulare County Office of Education initiated the Child Abuse and Neglect (C.A.N.) Prevention Program and received a grant to fund the project. After more than 20 years, the program continues to serve the children and families of Tulare County.

CAN Prevention Program The program offers first- and fifth-grade classroom presentations to every district in Tulare County. Two trained volunteers present the material in a very non-threatening manner. In first grade, a 10-minute video entitled My Body Belongs To Me is shown and a hand puppet called Safety Sam is used to teach the children how to "say no, get away, and tell someone you trust" when they are in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation. The volunteers review scenarios frequently used to lure children. The first-grade program is available in both English and Spanish.

Presentations in the fifth grade feature a 17-minute video entitled Better Safe Than Sorry. Four different scenarios are reenacted and the presenters stop the video periodically to discuss options to keep safe in the situations. Family safety rules are stressed and many students share their own strategies for keeping safe.

The C.A.N. Prevention Program has recently added a parent awareness and education component. The goal is to help establish, strengthen, and maintain a healthy emotional and physical relationship between parents and children. We offer presentations and trainings at parent meetings and community forums.

Together We CAN Prevent Child Abuse!

To schedule a presentation, complete the Classroom Presentation Application Form and return it to our office by mail, fax or e-mail (listed on the form). We will contact you to confirm dates and times for your presentation(s).

For more information, e-mail or call Nan Arnold at (559) 651-0130, Ext.3710.

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Tulare County Office of Education
School Health Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Building 700, Visalia, CA 93291

Christina Rodriguez, Program Manager
(559) 651-0130 • fax: (559) 651-1995

Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219

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