Coin Initiative

About The Care Coin

Many children who are experiencing child sexual abuse and/or exploitation do not know where to turn to for help and/or are afraid to come forward. With the Care Coin program, Childhood USA provides children with a discreet tool that they can give to responsible adults to begin the conversation.

A Child Has Given You The Care Coin, Here Are The Next Steps:

By a child giving you this coin, they are signaling to you that they would like to discuss something that is concerning them. As an adult, it is your responsibility to help keep this child safe. You can find the best course of action for the child in this situation by heading to the resources below.

Before heading to the list of resources below, please remember to do the following if you have not already done so:

  1. Thank the child for entrusting you with the Care Coin and wanting to have a conversation.
  2. If a child would like to discuss something that is concerning them, please find a safe space to have this conversation.
  3. You may let the child know you are accessing these resources. However, if they or someone they know is in danger, it is your duty as an adult to find the best course of action to ensure safety for that child

Resources:

The list of resources and helplines are trusted by the World Childhood Foundation USA and will help you determine the best course of action for the child who has handed you the Care Coin. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

HELPLINES

The New York State Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Direct Phone: 311 in NYC. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Toll Free Telephone Number: 1-800-342-3720

RAINN National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

Call: 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

Toll Free Telephone Number:

1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-422-4453

Through treatment programs like advocacy centers and group homes designed to help children affected by child abuse, and prevention programs, Childhelp works to educate children and aid in the prevention of child abuse

Darkness to Light Trained Crisis Counselors Hotline

Toll Free Telephone Number:

1-866-FOR-LIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741

Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. Call to have questions answered or chat with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7 at no charge. All conversations are confidential.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cybertipline

Toll Free Telephone Number:

1.800.843.5678

NCMEC’s CyberTipLine is the nation’s centralized reporting system for the online exploitation of children. The public and electronic service providers can make reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names, and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

Homeland Security Investigations Tip Form

Toll Free Telephone Number:

1.866.347.2423

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigates more than 400 violations of criminal law, ranging from child exploitation to transnational gangs.

How Can I Hold The Care Coin In My Establishment?

If the Care Coin program is being implemented in your community, please reach out to [email protected] for all Care Coin materials needed for your establishment. This includes pamphlets, Care Coins, and coin jars. Care Coins are free for both the establishment and the child.

If you have received these materials, make sure the jar provided is placed in a visible and easily accessible area for children. If more Care Coins are needed, Childhood USA is happy to provide more. Childhood USA can also supply Care Coins and informational pamphlets for school and community events.

If the Care coin is not currently in your community and you are interested in participating in the program, don’t hesitate to reach out! Please contact us at [email protected] to learn more about how you can get the program started in your area.

Contact:

[email protected]