CADA's Internal Transformative Work
Much of our world was transformed in 2020 and at the same time CADA was also walking through a process of transformation. Part of this transformation has been reflecting on the ways that our organization has participated in or perpetuated systems of oppression. In order to show up for our community and support all survivors, our agency committed to some intensive internal transformation work. We are doing this internal work through many different, yet intersecting initiatives. To move this internal transformation forward, our agency has devoted time and resources to:

  • Examining how CADA’s policies, practices, and procedures perpetuates systemic oppression and making changes where necessary.
  • Defining and updating our agency values to ensure that they reflect our core beliefs and aligning those values to our organizational practices, systems, and culture.
  • Integrating wellness across our workplace culture to address and build resiliency to staff burnout and symptoms of secondary trauma. 

This ongoing internal work has been exciting, overwhelming, and messy at times. But through this journey, we have grown stronger as an organization.



Relationship abuse in dating relationships is more common than most people realize, especially among teens and young adults. According to loveisrespect.org, “One in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.” Teen dating violence is much more prevalent than many realize.

It is important to spread information and awareness about teen dating violence so that we can prevent relationship abuse and help young people recognize red flags for unhealthy or abusive relationships. Relationship abuse among teens can be especially challenging because teens are navigating romantic relationships for the first time and do not necessarily have a template for what these relationships should look like. These early relationships often set the stage for future relationships, which is why we need to help make sure these are healthy ones.

So what can be done to help prevent teen dating violence? One of the best things we can do is talk to children, teens, and young adults about healthy relationships – not just romantic relationships, but friendships as well. We can start these conversations before a young person starts dating. By talking about healthy relationships, we can help young adults recognize signs of unhealthy or abusive relationships by the time they start dating. These conversations can revolve around respect, trust, safety, and consent. It is also important for teens to have a trusted adult to talk with about their relationships. Trusted adults can be parents, aunts or uncles, teachers, counselors – anyone.

For information and resources for both teens and adults, check out loveisrespect.org, or reach out to a CADA advocate!

Welcoming CADA Interns
We are very excited to be working with this wonderful crew of students interns. Working alongside interns benefits our agency in big ways. Interns come to us with fresh perspectives and enthusiasm and provide crucial services for victims and survivors. We are committed to creating enriching learning experiences for these students. 

Seeking Board Members
CADA is seeking applicants for our Board of Directors!

If you are passionate about supporting survivors and violence free communities and want to be involved with CADA’s work, consider applying to serve on the Board.

We have several board members who will complete their terms in September. Board terms are two years with the option of being elected for three consecutive terms. Board meetings are held once a month (for 1.5 hours) with committees meeting once a month.  

We are seeking board members with experiences that can inform and support CADA’s mission and values. BIPOC and those with diverse life experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click here to email our Executive Director and learn more. 

We want to continue to update you on CADA's services as we continue to live and work through a global pandemic. 

Advocacy Services:
Advocates throughout CADA's nine-county service area continue to offer phone or video meetings with victims and survivors. If it is not safe to meet by phone, advocates can meet with individuals in-person while practicing health and safety precautions. 

Shelter:

Shelter remains open to those seeking safety from violence and abuse. Advocates and residents are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. 


Keep Me Safe Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Centers:
In-person Keep Me Safe supervised visits and exchanges have resumed. To schedule a visit or exchange, please contact us at 507-625-8688 ext. 115 or email kms@cadamn.org. 


Education and Groups:
CADA is offering virtual support groups rather than in-person groups for victims and survivors. We have resumed in-person Southern Minnesota Offender Education Groups with limited class sizes. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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CADA Offices

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
Le Sueur County: 507-934-5583
Martin County: 507-399-2001
Nicollet County: 507-934-5583
Sibley County: 507-233-6666
Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040