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Dreamcatchers for Abused Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Education, Educational Services, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: Our mission is to educate the public on child abuse symptoms, intervention, prevention, statistics, reporting, and helping victims locate the proper resources necessary to achieve a full recovery.

Results: Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has enjoyed a significant growth within the last two-years with many top-named sponsors representing us. Last year, Dreamcatchers provided services and resources to the community reaching over 40,000 members; an outstanding record of achievement. Dreamcatchers staff has doubled in an effort to effectively administer new campaigns, as well as manage the organization's growing responsibilities. We have over 17 different networking sites and Dreamcatchers was nominated one of the "Top 50" Early Childhood Blogs--Children's Rights (by: Ultra Healthy--UltraSoundTechSchool.org) and was also accepted into the National Assocation of Professional Women (NAPW). THE PASO DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL is currently promoting our book & organization through Mr. Benford Standley. Dreamcatcher BlogTalk Radio Show successfully launched at the beginning of 2010. Our show runs Monday--Friday (11pm EST) and is hosted by Laurie Ann Smith, Donna Kshir, Star Myers & Trina Davidson: www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers Since our founding in 2007, Dreamcatchers has relied on the support of the individuals, supporters and sponsors who have provided financial contributions each year. In addition to the countless of hours provided by our highly dedicated team of Board of Directors, Regional Directors and Volunteers who unselfishly dedicate their time and energy, daily, to educate the public by hosting online seminars, posting child abuse headlines, BlogTalk Radio Shows, hosting a 24 hour hotline and 24 hour help service, and providing vital resources to enable a full recovery and rebuild the lives of those affected by abuse.

Target demographics: Abused & neglected children ~ Worldwide Our hope is to further serve the public, educate parents and caregivers, and support survivors of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. There are millions of children suffering in silence, living in shame, and fearing for their lives. We know firsthand, their pain is real. We believe all children were created to be happy, healthy and loved. It is our duty at Dreamcatchers for Abused Children to protect and be a voice for the world’s children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Community Outreach Program: Dreamcatchers for Abused Children was able to create and maintain a “24-hour online help” service available to men, women, teens and children in need of assistance, resources, emergency or crisis through email. A team of DFAC mentors worked around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to maintain this “online help” service to assist and help men, women, teens and children in need of assistance, resources, emergency or crisis. To date, this program has been extremely successful, answering and providing value and vital assistance, reaching 35-100 people per day. Dreamcatchers answers hundreds of emails and phone calls a day which are handled amongst the board members, regional directors and volunteers. We reach out and assist victims and survivors through our many networking sites, provide resources to churches, schools, college professors, LEO's, and many others public businesses.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: *Family-to-Family Project *Peer-to-Peer Project *Child Abuse Reporting Classes *Use Your Voice Seminar *Project Education *Community Outreach Programs *BlogTalk Radio Outreach Programs

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 SandraP

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has been effectively educating the public on child abuse for over 10-years now. Wonderful organization and volunteers!!

2 JimmyJames

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent team filled with lot of energy and motivation to make a social impact. They have enormously grown with minimal resources; ample success stories achieved which have been recognized nationally & globally.

1 BrokenAngel

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is made up of people who genuinely believe in what they are doing and the results are there for everyone to see. DFAC has definitely made an impact on my life!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dream Catchers has continued to remain in contact with me. They helped me when no one else would and truely care for the children. I will be forever grateful for their help.

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1 Angela77

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am exceedingly happy with the way Dreamcatchers For Abused Children uses social media to bring abuse to light. The news alerts and updates show that abuse can not be hidden any longer and that it still exists.

1 Sue_70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding Organization that makes abused of children known and its importance of awareness/ epidemic. Know one wants to read these cases but its imperative this message gets out/ it is happening everywhere and involves everyone's help to report abuse and save OUR children.

2 DeloresDay

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was Abused as a Child and know only too well the issues. Dreamcatchers is an awesome organization and has been helping in the efforts of getting awareness of Child Abuse out to the public!! They have excellent programs to help teach parents about alternatives to abuse and also helping children to know when & how to report the abuse. They've developed curriculum for the educators of our children to help them to identify an abused child, etc. There is not enough room to tell you ALL that they do to help protect our children!! I am Proud to be part of this organization in anyway they need me!!

1 Debbie108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of child sexual abuse....dreamcatchers has been pertinent In my healing process....they have given me the oppurtunity to reach and help other survivors. ...I'm so grateful to this organization for helping me
Through my healing process

1 DetroitJoey313

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization through a college friend. This organization goes beyond its primary objective and collectively participates in events that reach out to the needs of those in need. I am very proud and excited when I participate in their sponsored events. Dream Catchers great organization to be part of.

2 Donna131

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has allowed me to become a voice for all the voiceless children of the world. Through this organization, I have been able to educate the public, help those in need or crisis, and empower children. I love this organization and everything they stand for. Being a part of Dreamcatchers has truly changed my life!

1 donna12

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. I have worked within this organization since 2007. I have personally seen how hard this organization works to improve the lives of children. I have seen the dedication this organization has. Its a good feeling to see them excel. Each team members goes above all expectations when it comes to helping children, educating the public and creating child abuse awareness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Donna Kshir, and I'm the President, Chief Development Officer, Missing Children Coordinator and I supervise the Pennsylvania Branch Office for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. This amazing organization has allowed me to become a voice for all the voiceless children of the world. We create public child abuse education & awareness, as well as provide resources to those in need or crisis. Through this amazing organization, I have been able to help those in need and crisis, and protect & empower children. I love this organization and everything they stand for. I am very proud to call myself a Dreamcatcher.

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2 Sandy61

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization helps so many people. Without Dream Catchers some children may not be helped

1 Leah22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! Helps bring awareness to world-wide child abuse!

1 Marcy3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very dedicated group of people who help raise awareness about child abuse. I have been following them since the beginning and have learned a lot about what is going on around us from the internet posts. I rarely comment, but with young children it is imperative that all adults know the signs of abuse in our own children as well as others. They are always willing to help!

1 Cyndi J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that brings the much needed awareness to the silent epidemic of child abuse.

1 Tattered n Torn

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I only recently found this charity on facebook and i think they are amazing. Theyre website is the best i've ever seen. They are the best out there!

1 Lexxie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to stand behind and support this charity 100%!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom founded this organization in 2007. She has dedicated her entire life to helping others and educating the public on child abuse and neglect. I volunteer to help as often as I can as I admire what she is doing and want to help as well. She has helped more people than I can count (even some of my closest friends who are survivors of abuse). She is my mentor.

1 countryboy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very proud to see Dreamcatchers continue to gain more and more followers . I have seen this organization excel. All of the team members and volunteers go over and above all expectations when it comes to helping the public on child abuse awareness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow this group on Facebook and voted for them last year as well. I continue to support them because their team is dedicated to their mission.

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Rebecca W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers has consistently posted very important information which is helpful for educating and informing the public on the horrific nature of child abuse.

I have watched this nonprofit expland to include radio talk shows.

There have been donations made to children in the form of Easter baskets and school backpacks.

A very worthwhile cause with very fine people at the helm. I am not sure there is any comparible to Dreamcatchers...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I presently volunteer for Dream Catchers for Abused Children. It is an on line site and I work for it from my face book site. I usually recruit people so that they might join the cause. I also search on line newspapers in order to forward to Dream Catchers any articles on abused children, dead children, raped children or missing children. These articles are them posted in order to educate people on what is happening to children as far as such abuses would cover.

People need to be aware of the fact that children are being sexually abused in stores such as the Salvation army store or the Walmart store. People need to be aware of the fact that a child walked to school and never made it, instead being found three days latter raped and murdered. People need to be aware that parents, doctors, teachers and all others from all walks of life are known to abuse and murder a child.

I find that in helping Dream Catchers for Abused Children I help myself. I have a passion which now occupies my time and I am helping others. In recruiting I have found friends which I would not have otherwise known. My feeling about myself have improved since I belong with an organization that is helping in an area I believe needs to be helping in.

The organization is limited to what they actually can do because of funding. It depends on donations and grants. I would like to see a structured home base. I would like to see it grow to include locations all over the world. Maybe one day a shelter will be built where children could be placed in emergencies. I also would like to see more work being done to revamp bills and laws that do not help the abused child.

I have seen people go and I have seen people come. My hope is that abuse of a child does not become secondary to other causes which I fear. I mean docotrs, lawyers, police pentagon officials are being charged with abusing children. Causes such as Save the Leopards are recruiting more people than our casue for abused children. How many people are still turning their heads when they learn a child has been abused. We need to have dedicated individuals in our cause. We need to work hard in order to stop or even cap abused towards the child.

Cynthia61

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive updates from the Facebook page of this organization because I opted for it. The reason I opted for it: I have three children of my own who I would be devestated if anything were to happen to them. I pass along the information in these posts in the belief that if I hadn't, and one of MY friends had been the one missing piece of the puzzle that led to that child being found, or rescued from a bad situation, or whatever the case may be, I would forever question myself for what could have been. We live in a world of "what if's".
What if it was my child who went missing?! What if my son had been the one murdered and left in a ditch? What if my neighbors' child was the one in the article in question?! I could never sit idly by if I knew something that could help. So I do what I can when I do t have any other information to help more.
In the hopes that SOMEONE, further down the line will step up, raise their hand, and say "I saw her/him, they went that way," or even just POINT!!!
This organization is an amazing hope filled brainchild that would never have gone anywhere had it not been for social media and MANY many many other like minded people, the founder(s) being the first in line for the par on the back.
Keep up the great work! You help so many families move on or recover to heal. I hope that you continue to do so in the future for many years to come.

1 Myra R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with the many members of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children to help educate the public with the facts on child abuse has been life changing in itself. Together we spread the word and raise awareness nationwide on the signs, symptoms and effects of child abuse. All it takes is for the right person to take action and take a stand for those who are affected by this unwanted attention.

Paige P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was violently raped by my uncle for over a year before I found the courage to tell someone, and it's all because of Dreamcatchers. I was scared no one would believe me. I contacted them and they listened and helped me. They even made the initial police report for me. It's been a very long, emotional and stressful year, but my uncle ws finally prosecuted and went to prison 2months ago. I will never forget what they've done for me. Thank you, Dreamcatchers!

Selena Martinez

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a survivor, this organization means the world to me. They can answer your questions and concerns about child abuse and neglect. The outreach program they offer through blog talk radio help protect our most valuable asset, our children. Love this org!

1 b.thomas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am certified in child abuse and neglect and this is one of the best nonprofit child abuse organizations I have found online. I am very impressed with their work, efficiency and overall execution.

Patricia31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in Dec 2011, I was brought on board this team to join their blog talk radio hosts. Since this time I have been connected to the team on a personal level, especially the Founder/Ceo & the President. It is my honor to be involved. This is an amazing organization. The team is sincerely dedicated, they receive no personal financial gain, no salary, but they help educate, prevent, and provide help to all who reach out to them and at any time of day. The Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Non-Profit is the most wonderful and dedicated team I know to creating an end to the cruelty of our children. I am truly and deeply honored to be a volunteer, use my voice in the out-reach program, and promote all that this team is doing. These members are constantly building better ways to help our public in all manners. Highly recommend for Great Non-Profit 2012!!!

Brenda21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Dreamcatchers Team over a year ago and loved it. I met alot of great people who were willing to help others and trying to make it easier to find resources to prevent child support. You couldn't meet a better group of people! Very helpful and resourceful!

Angela30

Board Member

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers For Abused Children has been a non stop information station of the latest abuse stories, names, and alerts. I am in awe of the board members, volunteers and never ending followers. We are a united circle of protection for our children, our neighbor children, and the children with no voices. We are their protectors and its wonderful to be apart of an organization who is so passionate about their safety. I will always love these people for what they do and the love they have in their hearts for all mankind.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to this organization because I believe in their mission. I was sexually abused as a child and this organization is standing up for children's rights and letting the public know about the horrific crimes children are being subjected to. I believe in their cause and will continue to donate every year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From Nadine-- This organization helped me when no one else would. They supplied me with the necessary resources I was lacking and helped me to finally get justice for my daughter who was being severely abused. I will forever be thankful for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. They really do care about helping the children.

1 Trina D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Trina I am a proud Volunteer for DreamCatchers For Abused Children. I am very Proud of Sandra and DreamCatchers for helping ALL Children in need. She pushes daily to help abused children and is a angel to all that know her. She Changes lives daily even those that she'll never know. She has a passion that amazes me and makes me want to be a better mother and human. She shows me and millions of othes there IS good in this world while doing her all to help children that need help. She never shuts a door but always opens it to help Children in need never complaining if someone attacks her Dream. She is what we all should thrive to be.

1 Dreamcatchers S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Sierra Sullivan, and I am currently the Event Coordinator for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. Dreamcatchers not only helps people online by spreading awareness, but also by providing resources to those in need. We recently did an Easter basket drive, and were able to provide baskets to every single homeless and abused child living in St. Clair County, Michigan. (The unemployment rate in this town is over 25%- so there is a devastating amount of homeless children here) I just love this organization, and everything that it stands for. I am so proud to call myself a Dreamcatcher!

2 Julie F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of Dreamcatchers goals is to raises the communities awareness surrounding child abuse. They are a voice to the voiceless, a ray of hope in darkness. Another goal of the organization is public education. This could keep them busy until the close of the century. Many parents still do not want to talk about child abuse. Thinking that if they talk about it this will some how bring abuse their way. Dreamcatchers works with churches, law enforcement and schools to provide training for families. I am very supportive of Dreamcatchers and their work. They have the same goal as I do in my prevention work to end child abuse. Child abuse is preventable if parents and children are informed. Please for the safety of your family become informed.

Julie Federico

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1 FighttheFight

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children since they first started. They are extremely focused and dedicated. I proudly serve on their Advisory Board and assist them in anyway possible. Dreamcatchers organization is one-of-a-kind and deserves top notch recognition.

1 MommyOfThree

Donor

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers should be nominated for the Children and Families Campaign. They are one of the most reputable and trusted charities available. They go above and beyond to help everyone they can. They are very prompt to respond to inquires and phone calls. I would highly recommend Dreamcatchers!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i was a voluteer with dreamcatchers for couple yrs ,have known them longer .even though i dont volunteer due to sickness i still do posts and support them 100 percent.ive always been able to get help with questions even with my personal life .sandra potter always gets back to me .like my neice her now husband ,his children were being abused by ex babysitter she gave me great advice ,who to contact .all the voluteers work together ,they support you and everyone helps each other .thier goal to help children truely is what they do .im so against child abuse and i still back them .they are honest group which is more than i can say for some .alot of the members have experiaced child abuse or sexual abuse or thier kids have ,so they truely understand the need out there to protect children .

RetiredLeisure

Donor

Rating: 5

Dreamcatcher's is an organization devoted to reform of abused children. It is time to rally together and be part of the solution! They certainly deserve to be recognized for their efforts by being nominated for top organizations in the Children and Families campaign.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers is doing great work. I fully support their advocacy efforts 100%. Dreamcatchers is a great group of people that work very well together, for a common cause of protecting children from harm, and have the same interest of changing the laws to better protect children from harm, as we do. We can always trust the information that we get from Dreamcatchers as being accurate, and we can always trust them to be there to help when needed.

ForeverYoung

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of Dream Catchers for Abused Children. They have so much valuable information on their websites. I visit their site daily and am now reaching out within my own community to spread child abuse awareness. Thank you, Dreamcatchers, for all you do to help the children!!

scarred_forever

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers is a trusted and noble organization. I received one-on-one help when I needed it. They assisted me when I would otherwise be without help and provided me with the resources I desperately needed. This is a wonderful organization. I have supported them for many years. The team, staff & volunteers are very dedicated and spend countless hours a week online helping to make a difference.

Sofia B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and I have been blessed with knowing so many wonderful people that anytime I have a small issue I know that there is someone that will be able to listen to me and advise me. Being a volunteer I want to spread the word to everyone to Stop Child Abuse. And be able to educate others about the signs of abuse,and that there is help out there.There is also help for the victims of abuse. So thank you for giving me that opportunity to be part of a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is an A rated organization. I found myself in dire need of resources to help my family recover from one of the most horrific moments of our lives.... this organization went above and beyond to help me and my family. Thank you, Dreamcatchers, for being there when we needed you the most!

Quisha H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children has helped me by not only allowing me to find my voice in a world full of silent victims, but they also allow me to be the voice of survivors. Through this reputable organization, I have been able to share my story, educate and support communities, empower youth and continue a personal journey of healing. I love the founder and everything this group stands for! DC has truly changed my life...

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children

Client Served

Rating: 5

A+++
Great organization
Very helpful & courteous
Provides lots of info & resources

JesusChrist O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I contacted them in hopes of gaining advice on how to help child abuse survivors. They told me to not do any thing! Said to just edit pictures and repost news stories. I don't quite get how that is 501 worthy.

Review from Guidestar