April is Child Abuse Awareness month. During this month the JLC’s Training & Development Committee has partnered with Pat’s Place, a child abuse advocacy center, to provide training educating members on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse. The Darkness to Light Stewards of Children program believes and teaches that child safety is an adult’s job. Stewards of Children is designed for organizations that serve children and youth. It is the only child abuse prevention training that offers a certification, resource materials, and practical steps to preventing abuse. Pat’s Place is the only child advocacy center in Mecklenburg County serving children from birth to age 18. Pat’s Place provides a physical environment where a child’s well-being is the top priority, reducing trauma and promoting healing from sexual abuse.