In 2010, as he and the Delaware Department of Justice prosecuted one of the worst pedophiles in the history of the United States, Beau brought Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® program to Delaware. Stewards of Children® is a two hour online or facilitator led training which teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Alongside partners like Prevent Child Abuse Delaware and the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, the Beau Biden Foundation has worked to fulfill Beau’s pledge to train 5% of Delaware’s population (35,000 adults). To date, 30,000 adults in Delaware have been trained to be Stewards of Children, including 6,500 since the Foundation’s programming began in April 2016.
Stewards of Children® is based on Darkness to Light’s 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™ and is brought locally into communities by a network of over 9,000 volunteer facilitators. Darkness to Light, like the Beau Biden Foundation, believes that every child has the right to grow up healthy, happy, and safe. It is guided by its vision to create a world where child sexual abuse does not exist. Darkness to Light believes that protecting children is an adult responsibility, and education is critical for prevention of child sexual abuse.
This partnership ensures effective execution of what Beau believed to be critical in eradicating child sexual abuse – education, raising awareness, sharing resources, and fostering a network of committed prevention advocates. Such a network of advocates allows communities to be better prepared to help children thrive, free from the trauma of sexual abuse.
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For more information about Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children, visit www.D2L.org/Stewards