DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - SafeHouse of the Desert and Christopher's Clubhouse provided a parent information session in Desert Hot Springs Monday night to educate families about child predators.
The panel discussion involved local experts in the field of child safety, human trafficking, internet safety, gang violence prevention, runaways and more.
Parents had opportunities to ask questions and get information on how to prevent their child from being lured by a child predator.
The session took place at the Desert Hot Springs Health and Wellness Center, located at 11750 Cholla Drive, at 5 p.m.
The decision came shortly after Desert Hot Springs resident John David Yoder, a licensed foster parent and Palm Springs Unified School District aide, was arrested on molestation and child pornography charges.
Desert Hot Springs Mayor Adam Sanchez said, "Its so important today to remind parents of the social responsibility, we have to provide a safe environment for our kids whether it's in our schools, in our parks, or in our neighborhoods."
According to organizers, SafeHouse of the Desert provides immediate help to youth and families experiencing crisis situations as well as providing emergency and long-term shelter, intervention and outreach services to runaway, homeless, exploited and other youth in crisis.
Christopher's Clubhouse is a nonprofit with the mission to provide safety education and crime prevention training to children, families, teens and women through innovative hands-on training to prevent dangerous situations from escalating.