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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

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!!

1 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.

1 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!

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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1 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.