May 16, 2020

Family Support Line Delivers “C Packs” to Children & Their Families

Even though they are practically never alone these days, many of the children and teens who used to attend therapy or Kids Psychosocial Skills Group at Family Support Line’s office feel more alone than ever.  Stay-at-home orders have changed their ability to socialize with family and friends.  They no longer have the option of walking down the hall to their guidance counselor’s office if they have […]
October 4, 2019

Help Continue the Conversations that Keep Kids Safe

Today’s Delaware County Times headline,  State police report 4th luring attempt in county, reflects some scary situations that Delco children recently faced. But it’s not all bad news.  We also know: Kids sought help when they felt unsafe. A neighbor provided a safe haven for a scared child, instead of looking the other way when that child needed help. Parents recognized a potential risk, acted logically […]
February 4, 2019

Family Support Line: Helping victims of child sexual abuse find hope and healing

Family Support Line, a nonprofit based in Media, has a 30-year history of providing a wide range of direct services to victims of child sexual abuse. In 2015, with the opening of the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center (DCCAC), we expanded our services to child victims of crime. The DCCAC is fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. The dedicated professionals who work for Family Support Line […]
November 5, 2018

What I’ve Learned as a Therapist of Sexual Abuse Survivors

“What do you do for work?” “I am a therapist working with survivors of child sexual abuse under the age of 18.” Insert silence and wide-eyed stares. Responses to the work that I do include “Wow, I don’t know how you do that every day” or “that has to be really hard work.” I love these moments as they allow me to educate on the power […]
September 14, 2018

Cyber Safety: Part II

Cyber Safety – Part II – Help, Hope, & Healing Research shows that scare tactics backfire. They don’t encourage healthier behaviors! So, how do I talk about these very real risks without freaking readers out? I want them to THINK about how to address these issues – not run away from them!  That’s what I said to myself once looked at what I’d drafted for this […]
July 26, 2018

What I’ve Learned as a Forensic Interviewer

I often meet people, as we all do, who ask what I do for a living. When I reply, “I’m a forensic interviewer”, I am often asked, “What’s that?” To which I explain, I conduct neutral, fact finding interviews with children who are suspected victims of sexual abuse. The majority of people assume that I’m some sort of saint, which I promise you, I am not. […]
April 4, 2018

Cyber Safety Part 1

Cyber safety: Part 1 – Conversations are Key   When I took my first computer class in high school (in 1985!!!), I never dreamed that students would be using digital technology as they do today.  Nor would I have believed that, in 2018, I’d be talking with 240 6th graders at Northley Middle School (Go Vikings!) about cybersafety, planning cybersafety programs for 1st graders at Chester […]
January 29, 2018

Supporting individuals with Autism in crisis situations

For children with autism and other forms of disability navigating daily life can be a challenge. Compound that with having been hurt by someone or being in the midst of a crisis. This is the experience of many individuals living with disability. First responders are trained to evaluate, deescalate, and support. In addition to these important skills, first responders must take special consideration when encountering a […]
October 20, 2017

Committed to the Cause: Serving Family Support Line for 30 Years

Soon Family Support Line will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the organization and over that time we have touched thousands of lives in Delaware County for the better. But we wouldn’t have been able to get this far without dedicated board members such as Louis A. Robinson, Jr., or “Lou” as we call him. Lou has helped to develop Family Support Line […]
October 16, 2017

Child Pornography: The Lasting Impact of Images

  All too often headlines announcing an arrest for possession of child pornography show up in the news. Shock, horror, outrage, and disgust are common reactions as people process the injustice and exploitation. When the accused doesn’t fit the stereotype of the creepy social outcast, which most possessors don’t, a certain cognitive dissonance may arise, as well. Photos or videos of child sexual abuse may be […]