Friday, July 25, 2014

Recognizing National Parents Day, Sunday, July 27



This Sunday, July 27, is National Parents’ Day, a day to celebrate all of those men and women across the country who are raising our future doctors, nurses, corporate executives,  police officers, firefighters, and teachers. Parents are our first teachers and any day that recognizes the important work being done by mothers and fathers in communities around the country is one worth celebrating.


But it’s important to remember that parents don’t raise healthy, stable, and productive children alone. They have the support of family, neighbors, communities, and when needed, home visiting services such as Healthy Families America, which reduce feelings of being all alone, educate parents on the latest information they want to know, and start that life long relationship with their child that helps children transition into good, contributing community citizens. 

It’s also important to recognize, and appreciate, that not all parents are alike. According to the U.S. Census, less than 70% of children today live in two-parent households. 27% of children live in single-parent homes, most often with only their mother.

According to a Pew survey from 2009, more than 2.4 million children are being primarily raised by a grandparent. Similarly, more than 5.5 million children in the country are being raised by at least one stepparent. Still others are being raised by loving foster parents who have opened their hearts and their homes to almost 400,000 children in foster care as of September 2012 according to the Administration for Children and Families.

These men and women deserve celebrations too. They also deserve the same kind of support that all families from all demographics need from time to time. So this year on National Parents’ Day, let’s all commit to doing something to provide that support to families in our communities.

For example, every family regardless of makeup or wealth occasionally will experience stress, one of the leading causes of child maltreatment. You can help by doing something simple like offering to babysit children so the parents can have a night to relax, or bringing over a home-cooked meal so there’s one less thing for the parents to worry about that day.

Other families are prone to feelings of isolation, which is a major contributor to child neglect. When parents lack the support of family and friends, juggling things like work and childcare can be difficult. For these families it is up to us as neighbors and community members to take the time out of our own days to do something to help reduce isolation. This can be as simple as introducing yourself to the single parent on your block or holding activities like block parties or neighborhood barbecues or establishing a play date for the children while parents get connected to each other.

Small actions like these are good ways to bring the neighborhood closer and help create the kind of atmosphere where parents, maybe for the first time, feel the joy of “community.  And that can make all the difference in the world.

If we all commit to take some time out of our Saturday and do something to really and truly recognize the work done by all parents of all kinds in our communities, then we’ll be getting to the heart of what National Parents’ Day is really about: celebrating the healthy families and children that these parents are working to create.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trafficking, Stewardship, and the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.

In response to this week's reporting on the FBI's crackdown on child sex trafficking, Prevent Child Abuse America released a Statement titled "Trafficking, Stewardship, and the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse" - here. We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below.

"Preventing child sexual abuse and child trafficking is not an impossible goal; it’s something that organizations around the country are achieving every day. For example, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey holds monthly trainings on preventing trafficking. Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has programs operating at different grade levels, one of which was evaluated by the University of New Hampshire and proven to decrease sexual victimization. The key to those successes are that people like you take the time to make sure a childhood is built around loving, nurturing experiences."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Common Definitions, a National Plan, and Child Well-Being.

In response to a Huffington Post article describing a new JAMA study on the state of child abuse and neglect, Prevent Child Abuse America released a Statement today - here - "Common Definitions, a National Plan, and Child Well-Being." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below.

"Our responsibility at Prevent Child Abuse America is to remind you that we all play a role in the lives of children and their families. And we do that. Our job is share with you the various roles you can play, such as knocking on your neighbor's door and asking them if they need help with babysitting, or volunteering at a local child-serving organization. And we do that as well. And yet, when the Huffington Post describes a new study by JAMA that covers an array overwhelming statistics about the state of child abuse and neglect today as it did this week, we have to ask ourselves what more we can all do?"

Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Is Here!

Prevent Child Abuse America has a new e-newsletter out where we talk National Children's Day, Father's Day, our 2013 Annual Report, and school letting out, among other things. You can take a look here, so please do, and then please let us know what you think, and if there is anything you would like us to cover in future editions. Thanks and have a great week.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

National Child Abuse Prevention Conference Meets in Jax This Weekend.


Prevent Child Abuse America and its signature prevention program Healthy Families America are presenting The National Conference for America's Children from Sunday, May 18 – Thursday, May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel.This will be the second major conference that Prevent Child Abuse America has held in Jacksonville, and its fifth conference held in the city overall. This year's conference accounts for more than 2,200 total room nights, bringing about 700 delegates and an economic impact of more than $1 million in the city. The primary focus of the conference is the healthy development of children and the requisite policy, training and communications required to give America's children the healthiest starts possible. See full Press Release here.

Run or Dye.

We are thrilled to let you know that Run or Dye has made Prevent Child Abuse America their official charity partner for its Chicago race, which is being held on May 24th at Toyota Park. At Run or Dye, you become part of the rainbow. As you run/walk/dance through the course, you will get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometer...turning you into a technicolor canvas of fun! Please take a moment to learn more about the event here, and if you live in Chicagoland, please come out to support the race and the organization. Thanks!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Top 10 reasons not to miss out on The National Conference for America's Children.

With ten days left until the kickoff of The National Conference for America's Children, here are the Top 10 reasons not to miss out!
  1. The exhibit hall at the conference is not only full of great information for prevention workers, but also features a massage table to get all the kinks worked out after a full day!
  2. Experience the soulful sounds of the Healthy Families Hallelujah Choir! These awesome ladies will be sharing their talents with us twice on Sunday, so don't miss out.
  3. When the day winds down, enjoy the fantastic views from the hotel, relax with a walk along the riverfront, or cool off in the rooftop pool!
  4. From fundraising to better data management, there's a wide variety of sessions that are sure to help you hone the skills you most want to improve!
  5. This is the best opportunity you'll have to meet fellow home visitors, supervisors, trainers, and others from around the country. It's a great place to discuss tips and strategies, share stories, and make new friends throughout the network.
  6. You know you want your first edition of "Ghosts from the Nursery" signed by Robin Karr-Morse, and she'll be signing books after her plenary session  on Sunday!
  7. Not only is there a special lunch session with Dr. Harvey Karp, but there's also a drawing for a VIP lunch with Dr. Bruce Perry - lunch has never been so exciting!
  8. The Jacksonville Landings are a quick five minute walk from the hotel, perfect for an evening out with colleagues and to find those souvenirs to bring home for the family!
  9. The closing plenary with Emily Ballance is sure to leave you feeling happy and ready to take on the world!
  10. And last but not least, when you register for the conference you won't have to read another post about it, we swear!
So why wait? Register now for The National Conference for America's Children!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring into May!

Spring into May with a trip to Jacksonville!

After surviving a long, cold winter and a rainy start to spring, reward yourself with a trip to sunny Jacksonville for The National Conference for America's Children!

We're less than three weeks away from the big event that features some of the best and brightest in the home visiting world! Come to Jacksonville and enjoy information sessions on the topics that matter to you while networking with like-minded professionals from across the country.

Take time out of your day to register now to learn from Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Harvey Karp, Cordelia Anderson and more! Get a head start on summer today and book your trip to Jacksonville and The National Conference for America's Children now!

Click here for a breakdown on our sessions and speakers, or go right to this link to register for the conference. And don't forget to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront!