About Us

We are on a mission
to see communities transformed
and every child protected from sexual abuse.

The challenges facing our communities regarding the sexual abuse of children are huge. To address these issues, adults have to engage in a new emphasis on preventing abuse. Adults also need to know how to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

We have to overcome denial, secrecy and fear that most often keep this issue in the dark.

Adults need to understand that our choices often determine if a child is abused or not. If more adults were better educated, they would make better decisions that will help protect a child from abuse.

Adults Protecting Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the training of adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We are working in North Georgia to bring about in each county a prevention initiative to help eliminate child sexual abuse.

Before we started Adults Protecting Children (APC), we wanted to make sure we were not just duplicating the efforts of other organizations. What we learned was that most agencies were dealing with the TREATMENT end of sexual abuse — suicide, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use, etc. There were agencies that wanted to do prevention, but they didn’t have the time or resources. Because our focus is primarily on prevention, we felt there was a place for us. So in December of 2009 we launched APC.

Our Mission

Our mission is to put an end to the sexual abuse of children by training adults in how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse and by creating county-wide child sexual abuse prevention initiatives. No one organization and reduce the number of children who are abused. But when multiple agencies, organizations, churches and concerned adults combine their efforts we can bring about a cultural shift that will make our communities safer for children by drastically reducing the number of children who are abuse.

Prevention is so much easier and less expensive than treatment. Without taking away from the resources needed for treatment, we must generate a new emphasis on the prevention side of this issue and raise the awareness and funding necessary to put a stop to the abuse.

Core Values

Our core values grow out of 4 fundamental principles :

  • Adult responsibility:  Adults protect children. The adults in a child’s life must bear the responsibility to protect that child. Therefore, our training is adult-focused.
  • Focus on prevention:  There must be a new emphasis placed on prevention, without taking away resources for treatment. This problem will end only when we prevent it.
  • Community initiatives:  Communities must build a coalition of key leaders, organizations and residents that work to bring about county-wide prevention initiatives.
  • Cultural shift:  A cultural shift is needed that moves our communities from denial and fear of child sexual abuse, which keeps children vulnerable, to one where the issue is openly discussed and adults are putting in place procedures and polices that will not allow abuse to continue. We are about nothing less than cultural change.