What we do...
Bikers C.A.R.E. is devoted to ending the abuse of children and to come to the aid of any child victimized by abuse...
Helping a child recover from the trauma of abuse takes a team of professionals - social workers, therapists, case managers and sometimes law enforcement.
And sometimes, a child needs an organization like Bikers C.A.R.E.
We work with the community agencies already in place and make ourselves available as a healing resource to these trained professionals. Should they feel that the child they are caring for will benefit from our involvement, they can refer us to the child's custodial guardian. Of course, the custodial guardian can also request our services directly - and only the custodial guardian can approve our participation.
And these services are provided at no charge.
We apply a proven process that helps the child regain their sense of self-worth and belonging and Bikers C.A.R.E. remains by the child's side throughout the recovery process. Two qualified members are assigned as the primary point of contact to the child and are available to that child 24/7/365.
We are available to assist children on a case-by-case basis.
Our primary mission is to "Protect" and "Restore". To that end, we employ a therapy technique developed by a leading child play therapist over 20 years ago. Since that time, the process has been adopted by similar organizations all around the globe. Originally applied primarily to children suffering sexual abuse and facing the terror of having to testify in court against their abuser, the process is also effective for any child that is suffering from the trauma abuse can cause; unable to sleep, nightmares, and acting out in school or social situations, as examples.
The custodial guardian must be the one to initiate contact with Bikers C.A.R.E., though professionals working with the guardian can refer the guardian to us. Once contacted, representatives will then set up a time to meet the child and guardian to see if the process would be beneficial to the child. We may ask for the involvement and advice of the child's therapist prior to accepting the case - all to insure that the child ultimately benefits and is not hindered in any way on their road to recovery.
If the child is required to act as a witness in a criminal proceeding, and if requested by the custodial guardian, we will support and accompany that child through the legal process, including accompanying them on depositions and court hearings. We will help support the child through the challenges they face in these proceedings as well as shield them from any attempts by the perpetrator (or the friends and family of) from impacting the child's ability to testify. We have seen that, even if the child's case is not found in their favor, the act of being able to face their abuser and tell their story to the world can jumpstart their recovery, and empower them to lead a normal life.
We assist agencies charged with foster placement in the Florida counties we serve.
In addition to helping children on an individual basis, Bikers C.A.R.E. works with foster agencies in the communities it serves to support their efforts.
These efforts include supporting kinship caregivers - the relatives of an abused child that have stepped up to care for the child rather than see the child placed in a more traditional foster care setting.
It also includes supporting children living in foster care shelters - providing each child with a Bikers C.A.R.E. "cut" of their very own and visiting on a regular basis.
We educate the community, parents and caregivers on the nature of abuse and what we can all do to stop it.
The third action pillar of Bikers C.A.R.E. is Educate. We strongly believe that education can bring an end to abuse in all its forms. We maintain a social media network, sharing news related to abuse cases in the state of Florida, resources available to struggling families, and other preventative information.
We attend community events to educate the public on the signs of abuse and what to do if they know of a child that may be in an abusive situation. We stress that every adult in the state of Florida is considered a "mandatory" reporter and share how to make a report to the state or local law enforcement.
We are also available to youth and civic groups to share the Bikers C.A.R.E. story or to assist in "abuse proofing" their youth programs. It is a fact that most abuse is perpetrated by someone close to the child victim and that, while teaching our children "stranger danger" techniques is important, it is just as important to teach our children that any action that hurts them or makes them uncomfortable is reason enough for them to tell a trusted adult - even if it's Uncle Bob, their gym coach, or youth pastor.
We are also working with professional educators in developing more formal training materials that anyone can access online or that we can deliver to your group in person. Be sure to bookmark our site or sign up for updates!
(Sorry,we are only able to consider speaking in the counties we currently serve; Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, and Pasco, Florida)