On November 3-4, The Courage Center in Fairfield, Solano County hosted their Annual Courage Center Conference. The JAYC Foundation was asked to send a keynote speaker for the second day of the Conference. Jane F. Dickel, LCSW from the Foundation’s Clinical Advisory Committee presented the Foundation’s program of “Creating Protected Spaces”.

The Courage Center is Solano County’s child advocacy center. It serves as a one-stop resource facility for children who have been victimized. Victor the Lion, the center’s mascot, is their champion, named for a 5-year-old boy who saved his 3-year-old sister by telling his parents he had witnessed her being abused. The Center’s director Lisa Lewis-Javar says his roar serves as a call to arms to aid children. The Center partners with Kaiser Permanente to provide a safe, child-friendly place where abused children will be interviewed by professionals trained to work with them. You can learn more about the Courage Center at http://www.solanocouragecenter.org.