Several times a year, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana hosts either a Conference or Signature Event, Workshops and fundraising events to help educate our communities and raise awareness. We hope you’ll attend, and help us further our mission of keeping kids safe.

Nurturing Parent Café:

Date: December 17, 2020
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Topic:  Holiday Crafting with your Kids

Come join us at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, as the Extension Agent from Purdue/Hancock County, Lais McCartney, demonstrates some fun and “green” ways to craft with your kids.  She is going to show us how to make a bird feeder, so our feathered friends can enjoy the winter, and perhaps demonstrate how the greenery in your own yard might be used for a centerpiece.

The Parent Cafes are a monthly, relaxed discussion around Parenting Topics. Participants are encouraged to bring YOUR OWN ISSUES, and gain insights and resources!

Carol Pool received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Ball State in 1985 and her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University in 1990. For nearly 30 years, Carol has been a leader, advocate, educator and trainer around many social issues. She began at Methodist Hospital in the critical care areas. Then she was a primary educator for 13 years for Planned Parenthood around the issues of healthy sexuality, birth control, STD and sexual abuse prevention. In 2006, she continued her work at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, training in a variety of safety topics. There she became a certified trainer in Darkness to Light (Stewards of Children) preventing child sexual abuse; as well as Nurturing Father’s, Bully Safe, and SafeTots.

Brian Carter is the Director of Dads, Inc., a program of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and has been with The Villages since 1994. In his current role he conducts various trainings and presentations and is a Program Educator for Nurturing Fathers. Prior to his current role, Brian served as a Foster Care Case Manager, Independent Living Case Manager, FAKT Coordinator, and Community Based Service Worker. Brian received his Bachelor’s in Social Work from Indiana University and worked as a Probation Officer with the Marion County Juvenile Courts for two years prior to coming to The Villages

Register for Dec 17th Cafe

Webinar - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Youth Sports: Why It Matters

Date:  December 10, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Please join us on December 10th at 11:30 AM for a topic that never ceases to be relevant and informative. Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in Youth Sports: Why it Matters, will inform audiences about the risks of sexual abuse to young athletes. The workshop will focus on definitions, grooming behaviors, with special emphasis on cyber-grooming, legal and policy issues, and of course prevention. If you are a parent, caregiver, coach, or educator, this workshop will be of particular interest to you.

You must be at least 18 years or older to attend this webinar.


Speakers:  Toby Stark & Ashley Hadler

Toby Stark has earned a national reputation in child sexual abuse prevention and child advocacy.  It is her background in child advocacy, nonprofit leadership, public relations and strategic planning that allows her to truly affect positive change in the communities in which she works.

Toby helps youth sports organizations and youth serving organizations do what is truly needed to best protect the youth for whom they are responsible, from youth protection policies & procedures that are steeped in best practices to research-informed child sexual abuse prevention and response training.

Toby is a Certified Instructor and an Authorized Facilitator for Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention program for adults.  She is also a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, serves on the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Advisory Board, and has been recognized by Indiana’s Bicentennial Committee, Aspire and the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault for her youth protection work.

Toby can be reached at or


Ashley Hadler is a lawyer who represents survivors of sexual abuse and nursing home abuse.  Ashley’s education and experience enables her to uniquely handle cases for clients who have suffered from trauma, have complex medical issues, or are vulnerable due to their young or advanced age.

Ashley provides education and resources to groups seeking to prevent abuse and protect vulnerable populations where abuse may occur. She also knows how to investigate people and businesses that may be held accountable for abuse.

Ashley is the Vice-chair of the charter Young Lawyer’s Council of the National Crime Victim’s Bar Association. She is an active member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice Sexual Assault and Nursing Home Litigation Groups.  She is also an active member of the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Advisory Board. She lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, Kent, and their French bulldog, Poppy.

Register Here for Dec10th Webinar

Trauma and Brain Development Virtual Training

Date:  Dec 10, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This presentation discusses the effects of trauma on brain development and behavior. This presentation also provides an overview of the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the importance of building and promoting resilience.

Trainer: Sandy Runkle-DeLorme, LSW, MSW, PCAIN Director of Programs

Register Here for Dec 10th

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training

As we continue our time of physical distancing, we would like to keep ensuring child safety at the forefront. It’s important to remember that we all play a role in protecting children.

We currently have a limited number of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children trainings available for no cost to anyone interested in learning how to help prevent child sexual abuse. This training can be accessed here:

Please note: This training, contains a mix of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance for prevention of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a tough topic. Some of the survivor stories may affect you in a personal way. These stories reflect the personal experiences of actual survivors. These are the experiences children face when they are sexually abused, thus Darkness to Light chose to include them.

There is a National Resource Sheet available in the resource section of the course with names and numbers of agencies that can help. Someone is available for you to talk to about any needs you have through the Darkness to Light helpline at 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (1-866-367-5444).

Please report all child abuse to the Indiana Department of Child Services Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

Thank you for your commitment to child sexual abuse prevention.

This training will remain open until all spots have been used. We will have additional opportunities available as need demands.

If you have any questions please email


REGISTER HERE FOR Stewards of Children