The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Mark Yarbrough at 3rd Annual Champions for Children Breakfast

The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County Welcomes Guest Speaker Mark Yarbrough at 3rd Annual Champions for Children Breakfast

Brewster, NY—March 8, 2019– In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County and the Friends of Putnam CAC, Inc. are proud to present the 3rd annual Champions for Children Breakfast on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 8-10 a.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course located at 187 Hill St. in Mahopac.

Speaker, author, and former District Attorney Mark Yarbrough’s personal story of burnout became the basis for his motivational presentation and book “Give ‘em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!” He addresses the struggle of burnout offering powerful, practical, and hilarious insights to help people understand and re-engage in their lives.  Mark’s enthusiasm is infectious, his story is powerful, and his dynamic presentation and real-world tools are a must for anyone in a helping profession.

This year’s Champion for Children honorees are Putnam County foster parents Dale and Dolores Bettcher who, since 1987, have opened their hearts and home to more than 60 foster children. “Dale and Dolores Bettcher served the children of Putnam County with sensitivity, compassion and professionalism for more than 30 years,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Their work set the standard for excellence in this county.”

“They are an example of the tremendous impact that foster families can have on the lives of many children,” added Child Advocacy Center Program Coordinator Marla Behler. “Their efforts on behalf of our most vulnerable population are an inspiration to us all.”

“Child abuse is preventable,” said Chris York, president of the Friends of the Putnam CAC, Inc, an independent non-profit whose mission is to support and promote The Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County. “Each day people make choices that will change the outcome of not only their lives, but the lives of others. Working together as a community we can do much to protect kids and give them the happy safe childhoods they deserve.”

Tickets can be ordered online at for $25.00 or purchased for $30.00 at the door.

The Child Advocacy Center is a program of the Putnam County Department of Social Services and provides an immediate coordinated response to child abuse allegations while supporting child victims and their families. For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, or on prevention and education programs offered by the Child Advocacy Center, please contact or call (845) 808-1400.