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Child Abuse Prevention

Happy Bear

An overview of the Happy Bear program

FSGC Topeka has been taking its cuddly costumed character, Happy Bear into classrooms, school assemblies and other settings across Kansas for more than 30 years. Happy Bear helps to teach children ages 3-6 about a subject that’s never easy to talk about: sexual abuse.

With the help of her “teacher” —an experienced FSGC professional—and the eager children attending the program, Happy Bear learns about “good touch” (like a hug), “bad touch” (hitting), and “mixed-up touch” (sexual abuse). Happy Bear presents each in a way that is age-appropriate, nonthreatening and easily understood.

To learn more about Happy Bear and child abuse prevention, contact Diane Wishall at

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How it Works

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Happy Bear not only brings about awareness among children and others who attend, but it teaches perhaps the most important message of all: protection of one’s self and prevention of sexual abuse.

Children learn what to do if they experience a “bad” or “mixed-up touch.” The presenter never names body parts but refers to “body parts they cover up with their bathing suits.”

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Parents receive a letter via their child’s preschool, child care provider or school in advance of the Happy Bear presentation. This allows parents to call FSGC and ask questions or discuss concerns they may have. Parents always have the option of not having their child attend.

Finally, parents are highly encouraged to attend so they can better understand Happy Bear’s important message of child abuse prevention and then talk openly and honestly with their child.

Why choose FSGC

Family Service & Guidance Center is the only community mental health center in Kansas dedicated exclusively to meeting the unique mental health challenges of children, teens and families.

We serve over 10,000 children each year from more than 30 Kansas counties with direct clinical services, education and outreach. Our highly trained, dedicated professionals are here to help.

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Don’t let little problems become big ones.

We know how hard it is to be a parent. FSGC can help. Visit the “Get Started” page now and pre-register your child for services at Family Service & Guidance Center. The sooner they get started, the sooner they’ll begin to heal.

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