Stewards of Children

Children cannot protect themselves from abuse. Educated adults are their only line of defense. Darkness to Light's (D2L) Stewards of Children is the only national child abuse prevention program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. 

In 2012, Bivona Child Advocacy Center and the YMCA of Greater Rochester together launched the first child sexual abuse prevention education program featuring Stewards of Children in Monroe Country. The partnership has grown to include 14 agencies, all dedicated to a common goal of training 28,000 adults in Monroe County to identify signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, to recognize offender behavior, and to responsibly report abuse, even if it’s just a suspicion. Learn more about the D2L Collaborative


41% of the 14,000 adults in New York State
trained in Stewards of Children live
RIGHT HERE IN MONROE COUNTY.


D2L is a two-hour workshop for any adult who cares about the welfare of children – educators, coaches, childcare providers, youth service organizations, the faith-based community, adult family members and more.

Participants will explore the five steps adults can take to protect children:

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Minimize opportunity
  3. Talk about it
  4. Recognize the signs
  5. React responsibly



Upcoming Stewards of Children Classes:

Thursday, January 28
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center
The Skalny Building
One Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Friday, February 12
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center
The Skalny Building
One Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Friday, March 4
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center
The Skalny Building
One Mount Hope Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Stewards of Children classes are currently being scheduled. To register or learn about class times, please contact Stefanie Szwejbka at (585) 935-7822 or complete the form below.

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