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Falmouth Road Race

Children's Cove will have 10 runners in the Falmouth Road Race!


Help us raise over $10,000 by supporting one of our runners today.


CLICK HERE for a list of runners and to make a donation.

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12th Annual Children's Cove Conference on Child Sexual Abuse


Sept. 13-14, 2012


Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis, MA


Featured Keynotes:


Darlene Ellison

Author of "The Predator Next Door"

Mike Mason

Chief Security Officer at Verizon Communications

Presenting "Leadership & Heroic Illusions"

June, 2012

Every day at Children's Cove we are confronted by the horror of child sexual abuse.  We hear from anguished parents who worry their children are being abused and from others who have survived childhood abuse.  Just this past weekend, there was another guilty verdict in a high profile child sexual abuse case. Coach Sandusky will be sentenced soon, but this is only a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. 

We have recently heard the story about the famous boxer Micky Ward, who disclosed in his new memoir, "A Warrior's Heart," where he was abused from the age of nine to the age of twelve by a family friend.  He never told anyone because, as he writes, "I was too embarrassed."  As a tough boxer from Southie as he was portrayed in "The Fighter" Micky, this disclosure may have been the most important and meaningful thing he does as it may inspire others to talk about despite their embarrassment and shame.


Prevention education is the best tool to change public attitudes about sexual abuse and ultimately change behaviors about this epidemic.  Let's focus on teaching our children about treating others with dignity, compassion and respect.  We must lead by example. Stop condoning, stop standing by, and start acting.  Changing attitudes and behaviors is an imperative step in stopping sexual abuse before it starts.





Stacy Gallagher
Children's Cove





Recent Hire
Sandy Hebenstreit joins Children's Cove
Sandy Hebenstreit joins the team as the new Nurse Practitioner for Children's Cove.  Sandy comes with years of experience from the Pediatric Unit at Cape Cod Hospital and Bass River Pediatrics.  She has lived in Barnstable County for the last 30 years and has 5 children who went through the Barnstable public schools.  We are excited to have Sandy and welcome her into our professional family.
April - Sexual Assault Awareness Month
President Obama issues proclamation

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

As stated by President Obama in his 2012 National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation, "Though we have come far in the fight to reduce sexual violence, the prevalence of sexual assault remains an affront to our national conscience that we cannot ignore.  This month, we stand with survivors of sexual assault, join together to break the silence, and recommit to ending this devastating crime.  It is up to all of us to ensure victims of sexual violence are not left to face these trials alone.  Too often, survivors suffer in silence, fearing retribution, lack of support, or that the criminal justice system will fail to bring the perpetrator to justice.  We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors."

Hot Topic
Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation
Gov Patrick signing Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation
Gov Patrick signing Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

On February 21, 2012, "An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People," became the first anti-human trafficking legislation passed in the state of Massachusetts


Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Fact Sheet

Wash your car & support Children's Cove
Hyannis Car Wash donating to Children's Cove


Balise will soon open the state-of-the-art Hyannis Car Wash at 574 Bearses Way, right next to the all-new Balise Nissan. During the month of July, Balise will donate $3.00 per car wash to Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, YMCA Cape Cod, or to us, Children's Cove Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center. Each charity will receive at least a $2500 donation, but Balise is hoping to raise a lot more.

11th Annual Golf Tournament
A huge success!


Hosted by District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, the 11th annual Children's Cove golf tournament was held on June 11 at the Ridge Club in Sandwich. With a full field of 120 players, along with generous sponsors and underwriters, the tournament raised almost $35,000.


Many thanks go to major sponsors: Freedom Boat Club; Oxbow Corporation; Cape Dairy; Blue Cross Blue Shield MA and the Cape Cod Times. Thanks go out as well to a continually dedicated group of volunteers, who always help make it go so smoothly.


Thank you for taking the time to read our messages and for your continued support of Children's Cove.  Donations are always needed and accepted and can be made by clicking here. 




Stacy Gallagher
Children's Cove