State Corner: Working for the Future

Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CACC), CALICO’s state program, has been busy supporting the children’s advocacy center movement in California.

Click below to read all about the exciting things CACC is working to make sure children throughout California are getting the support and services they deserve.

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Passion and Privilege: How I became involved with CALICO

Shilpa Rao’s life was changed when she met a woman named Priscilla. This encounter not only changed how she viewed herself, it ignited a passion for helping women and children which led her to CALICO’s Board of Directors.

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CALICO for Kids Annual Fundraiser Raffle

Buy tickets for the amazing raffle at the CALICO for Kids Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, September 16th in Oakland's Preservation Park.

All proceeds will support services for abused children and their families.

You do not need to be present to win.

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The Theme is Team, Team, Team!

At the end of April, Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CALICO’s State Program) held its first Leadership Summit in Sacramento. This exciting event brought together leaders from California’s established children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and emerging CACs to network, learn, and educate their representatives about the important work CACs do.

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CALICO Remains a Safe Space

CALICO is committed to ensuring that everyone who visits feels safe and welcome. To further promote that commitment we have created a new poster that is on display in our office.

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Running for More: Ultra Marathon Runner Raises Funds and Awareness

Hi! I am running a 100K race on August 12th and I'd like to see others benefit from this race. I want to run and support those that have endured situations I have never faced. I hope to raise $1,000 for CALICO. CALICO achieves justice and healing for over 700 toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities each year. Please consider supporting me in my run for CALICO by donating. Click here to read more about why I support CALICO. -Seth Davis

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Finding My Voice

Janice Le’s passion for justice and healing for abused children not only led her to take action and join the CALICO Board of Directors, it also inspired her to find her own voice.

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Preventing Child Abuse: 7 things YOU can do

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Everyone holds the power to be a hero, prevent child abuse and give children the healthy childhoods they deserve. Take a moment to learn what you can do to keep kids safe - and then share these tips with your friends and family.

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Look Good, Do Good

This month you can get the best California styles and help children who have experienced abuse by purchasing clothing or accessories from Never Elsewhere. The clothing company has generously chosen to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month by donating 10% of its April sales to CALICO’s Children’s Advocacy Centers of California program.

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A Little Goes a Long Way

Team CALICO runners run for many different reasons. For Christina Walburn running in the Oakland Running Festival is an extension of her years-long commitment to keeping children safe and healthy.

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Team CALICO Running Tips

We want all our runners to feel prepared and avoid injury in their runs. Here are a few tips from marathon runner Larissa Martin Ralph and her body builder husband, Rob Ralph

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Come train with Team CALICO!

This year is CALICO’s sixth year as a Run for a Cause group in the Oakland Running Festival. As we train for the big day, we are inviting you to come run with us! Join Team CALICO runners for a few runs around Lake Merritt in Oakland!

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From Armchair Donor to CALICO Board Member: You can do it too!

This holiday season one community member took his commitment to helping abused children from passive to active by joining CALICO’s board of directors.

Click to discover what inspired CALICO’s newest board member Hari Harikrishnan.

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CALICO's 19th Annual Collaborative Training

CALICO hosted its 19th Annual Collaborative Training. CALICO was thrilled to bring in experts to talk about children who sexually offend against other children. Click below to learn about the training

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A Child's Best Defense Is Her Voice

A part of CALICO’s work is supporting legislation that helps to keep children safe and healthy. Most recently this involved Erin Harper, CALICO’s State Coordinator of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of California, testifying on behalf of SB 1148 which was passed this past August. We also support Erin’s Law which was passed in 2014. Erin’s Law requires that school teach children about body safety and how to tell if they are abused. Recently, Erin Merryn, the activist behind Erin’s Law, wrote an article for the National Children’s Alliance about the experiences that drove her to fight for this law to be created. Click below to read about Erin and her law.

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Mother and Daughter Get Help in the Middle of the Night

CALICO is dedicated to ensuring we can provide prompt, quality services to all families who are referred to us, regardless of the circumstances, as was the case with 8-year-old Linda who recently came to CALICO in the middle of the night.

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12th Annual One Child at a Time Raffle

Buy tickets for the amazing raffle at CALICO's 12th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit on Saturday, September 24th in Oakland's Preservation Park.

All proceeds will support services for abused children and their families.

You do not need to be present to win.

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More than Just Tex Mex: CALICO Attends Country’s Largest Child Abuse Prevention Conference in Dallas, TX

The annual Crimes Against Children conference is one of the largest child abuse prevention conferences in the country. This year, CALICO staff Erin Harper and Bertha Nevarez along with board member, Cathryn Weems, attended the conference to learn more about keeping kids safe.

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CALICO Gets a New Mural

CALICO is excited to unveil a brand new mural! Painted by high school senior, Caroline James, the mural is a beautiful addition to office.

Click below to read more about the mural.

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Have you ever been curious about the CALICO Board of Directors?

In addition to the fabulous staff, CALICO achieves its mission of justice and healing for abused children with help from its board. Who are these board members? Why do they do what they do? Why did they choose this board specifically?

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CALICO Welcomes New Executive Director

CALICO is thrilled to welcome it's new Executive Director, Hillery Gladden. Hillery joins us with over 18 years of experience working in the non-profit sector and a passion for helping those in need.

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Runners’ Fundraising Offers Vital Support to CALICO

The funds raised by the incredible Team CALICO runners and volunteers provide CALICO with the support to provide help to hurt children, support to caregivers, trainings to professionals and community members and much more.

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Pinwheels for Prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention month! This year, in celebration of Child Abuse Prevention month, CALICO will be joining the national Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. This campaign promotes the healthy and great childhoods every child deserves.

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CALICO joins the 2016 Oakland Running Festival

Looking for a fun way to keep up with your New Year's resolution? Join Team CALICO and run in the Oakland Running Festival!

Not a runner? Join our enthusiastic group of Team CALICO volunteers.

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Changes in CALICO's Board of Directors

After 7 years on CALICO’s Board of Directors, President Amy Blanchard will leave. While we are saddened to see Amy finish her term, we are delighted to welcome Girish Muckai as the new Board President.

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CALICO Expands Its Leadership throughout California

After 18 years aiding children in Alameda County, CALICO is expanding its scope to assist children across all of California. CALICO has added a new service, taking on the program of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CACC).

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CALICO’s 18th Annual Collaborative Training Inspires Investigators

This month, CALICO hosted its 18th Annual Collaborative Training. CALICO was thrilled to bring two of the top trainers in the country to Alameda County.

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Andrea Carlise - A Champion for Children

CALICO is pleased to introduce this issue’s hero, Andrea Carlise, a long-time champion for children and a 2015 One Child at a Time awardee. CALICO first met Andrea in 2011 when its on-site District Attorney Liaison reached out to her to seek legal advice on CALICO’s behalf. Since then, Andrea has gone above and beyond to show her support to CALICO and her commitment to keeping children safe and healthy.

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11th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit Raffle

Buy tickets for the amazing raffle at CALICO's 11th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit on Saturday, September 19th in Oakland's Preservation Park.

All proceeds will support services for abused children and their families.

You do not need to be present to win.

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11th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit: Picnic in the Park

Are you ready to join CALICO at our biggest event of the year? It’s time to buy your tickets for the One Child at a Time Benefit. On Saturday, September 19th, CALICO is pleased to return to Preservation Park for a fourth year, and has taken your feedback into consideration to make this year’s event even better than before.

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CALICO's Multi-Disciplinary Team

When people learn about CALICO for the first time, they often respond with sadness for the children who come through our doors. However, those of us who work here know that CALICO is a place of hope. It is a place where caring people come together to stop abuse and help children. Bringing professionals together is an integral part of CALICO's work.

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Joni Leventis - Bringing Justice with Heart

We are delighted to introduce this issue’s hero – Joni Leventis. Joni is the head of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Unit and a wonderful partner to CALICO. Joni is caring and dedicated, and with over 20 years of experience, her knowledge is immense. We are honored to work with her.

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), a month recognized as a time for communities to join together to promote healthy children and families and end child abuse. Since CALICO’s inception, it has used CAPM to highlight child abuse in Alameda County. However, the federal focus on child abuse prevention is relatively recent.

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North Pole Explorer Raises Awareness

On April 12th, Michael Creasy will leave for an extraordinary adventure: an expedition to the North Pole. To make this trip even more remarkable, Michael will use this expedition to raise funds and awareness for CALICO. As Michael shared, “I had a very fortunate childhood, and I realize that many children do not have the same opportunities that I had. By supporting CALICO, I'm helping improve the lives of vulnerable children and to show them that the world can be a better place.”

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Former Teacher, Judy Silver, Still Helping Children

We are delighted to introduce this issue’s hero – Judy Silver – who has been a CALICO supporter since 2013 (thank you to Keith and Susan Ortiz for introducing Judy to us!). Judy offers a unique perspective on CALICO due to her 40 years of experience working in the field of education. As someone who believes society will be judged based on how we treat our most vulnerable members, Judy is a fierce supporter of children, especially children who have experienced abuse.

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Team CALICO Runner Kit Davison

We are delighted to introduce Kit Davison, who is preparing for her third year running with Team CALICO. Despite having crossed the finish line of several races, Kit was not always a runner. In fact, she hated running.

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Run for a Cause with CALICO!

Join Team CALICO at the Oakland Running Festival and help children achieve justice and healing!

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The Myths of Child Abuse

There are many myths about child sexual abuse. These myths hurt children by silencing victims and encouraging public denial about the truth of how children are abused and by whom. By learning the myths and facts, you can help prevent children from being hurt. The following are some of the most common myths about child abuse.

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One Child at a Time Awardees

Children and adults alike have been delighted by superheroes for years, and CALICO is no exception. We are lucky to have many heroes -- individuals who go above and beyond to selflessly advance our mission and make sure that children receive the help they need. Each year at our One Child at a Time (OCAAT) Benefit, we honor three of those heroes. We are delighted to announce the 2014 Awardees.

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CALICO's Annual Report

We are pleased to share highlights of CALICO’s efforts to bring justice and healing to hundreds of young victims. This past calendar year was CALICO’s busiest to date. We helped over 750 abused toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities. Those victims were aided by a skilled multi-disciplinary team of professionals who prioritized each child’s safety, health and well-being. Download the full report to read more.

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10th Annual One Child at a Time Benefit, Picnic in the Park

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Preservation Park, 12th Street and Martin Luther King Way, Oakland

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW (click below);
Adults, $35
Ages 2-17, $20
Under 2 years of age, Free

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Have you been the victim of a crime? Do you know your rights?

April 6th through April 12th is Crime Victims' Rights Week. Join us for local events throughout the county.

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CALICO's New Agency Brochure

CALICO's new trifold agency brochure provides information about our services, our partners and ways to get involved.

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Passing of the Torch

CALICO is regrettably saying goodbye to our Board President, Terrance Cheung, who ends his term on December 31st. Terrance has been an exceptional advocate for CALICO, and we are grateful for the many, many friends and resources he has brought our way.

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CALICO is Named a Mutual of America Community Partnership Award Winner

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society.

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Protecting Your Children

This fall, CALICO will launch a new community workshop to help parents of young children understand the facts of child sexual abuse and what we, as adults, can do to keep children safe. We share a few lessons here from the workshop that may not be widely known and understood.

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Keith and Susan Ortiz Promote Healing

Last November, Keith and Susan Ortiz, owners of Tri-Valley Bodyworks, called CALICO to schedule a tour. Little did we know then that they would become two of CALICO’s strongest advocates. Keith and Susan have shown themselves to be true leaders in our community—encouraging open, honest discussions about child abuse and the need for healing.

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Get a CRUSH on CALICO

Make October 10th the day you get a Crush on CALICO. The CALICO Crush is a free, after-work reception to learn more about CALICO and ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of abused children.

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CALICO is Hiring!

CALICO is currently accepting applications for a full-time Communications and Development Coordinator.

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Bridging Boundaries to Keep Children Safe

Though most of CALICO’s work is local, growing awareness of our successful model has led to requests for guidance from across the state, the country, and even the world.

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Amy Blanchard: Board Member Extraordinaire

When Amy Blanchard joined the CALICO Board of Directors in March of 2009, she hit the ground running, and her passion for CALICO’s mission has only grown, as shown in everything she does.

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CALICO Receives Grant to Pilot Child Abuse Prevention Program

Kaiser Permanente awarded CALICO $9,000 to pilot a parent education program adapted from an innovative curriculum created by Cory Jewell Jensen, co-director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Oregon.

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Funders Focus on Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention

Support from Hedge Funds Care, In-N-Out Burger Foundation, and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation enables CALICO and other child serving organizations to provide necessary services to young victims.

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CALICO’s Team Attends Multi-Disciplinary Academy

CALICO sent a six-member team to the Northern California Multi-Disciplinary Team Academy, an intensive four-day training designed to strengthen team work and collaboration among agencies involved in child-abuse investigations.

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Young Girl Makes a Big Difference

This hero spotlight focuses on Hannah Dermody, a twelve-year-old girl who has given many hours to CALICO, including joining Team CALICO for the Oakland Running Festival, taking part in a marketing photo session, helping at events, and much more.

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Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Goes Above and Beyond

CALICO is delighted to honor Sergeant Kenneth Gemmell and Detectives Dan Baer, Jason Hawks, Sean McMillan and Lauren Tucker of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in our first Hero Spotlight for their exemplary work investigating child abuse.

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CALICO Awarded Generous Grant to Aid Victims with Developmental Disabilities

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Area Board 5, CALICO will improve services to victims with developmental disabilities in Alameda County.

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