Children's Handprints

The 2017 Conference on Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention

Presented by The Kidz First Children’s Advocacy Center, a program of The Nord Center

The Conference will take place May 25 – May 26, 2017 at Lorain County Community College, Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, OH 44035.

Topics include:

  • Model Practices in the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse
  • Identify Burnout and Keep It From Destroying You
  • Ethics of Child Abuse Investigation and Prosecution
  • Testifying As An Expert Witness
  • Medical Evidence in Child Physical Abuse / Sexual Abuse Cases
  • Is It Time for a Tune-Up? Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals
  • Prosecution of Cases With Limited Evidence
  • “When a Child Takes It Back” Recantation in Cases of Child Abuse

The cost for two-day registration (Thursday AND Friday) is $50. Single-day registration (Thursday OR Friday) is $25. A limited amount of scholarship funds are available. Please contact Amanda Thomas at 440.204.4351 or email for an application.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

For a printable registration form, click here.

Included in the cost is continental breakfast; lunch; and 14 Continuing Education units (7 each day) for Social Workers, Counselors and nurses pending approval; and 14 Continuing Legal Education credits (7 each day) for lawyers pending approval. Certificates of Attendance will be provided for all others.

For more information, including approval status for contact hours, contact Amanda Thomas at 440.204.4351 or email

This conference has the sponsorship support of The Community Foundation of Lorain County. There is no financial relationship between The Community Foundation of Lorain County and The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. There is no presence of a conflict of interest or vested interest between the conference planning committee of The Nord Center, the conference facilitator, The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and conference sponsor, The Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Lorain County Children and Families Council / Lorain County Commissioners

Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

The Nord Center has partnered with the Lorain County Children and Families Council, and Darkness to Light – a nationally acclaimed non-profit, to bring its award-winning Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention program to Lorain County.

A revolutionary sexual abuse prevention training program, Stewards of Children educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, and motivates them to courageous action. The program acknowledges that adults are responsible for the safety of children and is designed for organizations that serve children and youth, and any/all adults interested in protecting children.

Stewards of Children has been shown to:

  • Increase awareness of child sexual abuse
  • Improve attitudes about adult responsibility
  • Increase protective behaviors

Stewards of Children has been empirically evaluated and is shown to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participants’ child protective behaviors over the long term.  In 2007, the Stewards of Children Program was awarded the National Crime Prevention Program of the Year by the National Crime Prevention Council

To schedule a Stewards of Children training, or for more information, contact Rebecca Opel,  at 440.233.7232 or email For a printable flyer of the Stewards of Children program, click here.

For more information about Darkness to Light and the Stewards of Children program, visit


“Safe Touch” Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for students in grades K-3

The Nord Center’s KidzFirst Children’s Advocacy Center is offering free “Safe Touch” Sexual Abuse Prevention Training for students in grades K-3 and their parents through funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. The goal of the program is to reduce the likelihood of sexual assault / abuse crimes against children in our community.

Through a presentation, video and activity, the Safe Touch program will:

  • Let children know how to respond when they feel unsafe with someone they know
  • Help children understand Safe Touches, Ouch Touches, and Uh Oh Touches
  • Teach students several ways to say “NO!” if someone tries to touch them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Let them know there are “Secrets for Keeping” and “Secrets not for Keeping”
  • Help them identify five trusted adults who they can confide in

This vital information will be presented in a comfortable, age-appropriate manner to educate and empower children in our community with information to lessen their risk of being sexually abused. Training is appropriate for schools, religious organizations, PTAs and other child-serving organizations.

For more information or to schedule a “Safe Touch” presentation for your school or organization, contact Rebecca Opel, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator, at Or call 440.233.7232 For a printable flyer of the “Safe Touch” program, click here.