Thursday, February 26, 2015

The National Child Abuse and Prevention Month Website is Now Live!

From our partners at the Children's Bureau: This year, National Child Abuse Prevention Month is focusing on the theme, 'Making Meaningful Connections.' To learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children's well-being, and engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment, you can begin by visiting the website

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Head of the River.

In response to the recent report "Shame on U.S. - Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm," we posted a brief statement titled "The Head of the River." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"There's a public health tale about two people walking-up to a river and seeing children floating by. One person says we need to pull these children out of the water, and the other says yes we do, but what we really need to do is go to the head of the river and figure out why they're falling in to begin with.
We were reminded of this tale as we read "Shame on U.S.," the recent report from the Children's Advocacy Institute.
This report is speaking truth to power, and eloquently points out what's wrong with the child welfare system at every level.
The report also points to what can be done to improve the situation as we seek to ensure great childhoods and equal opportunities for the healthy development of all children:
· We can invest in real, evidence-based prevention such as home visiting, and programs like Healthy Families America, to keep kids out of the system on the first place.
· We can put child well-being front and center on the national policy agenda.
· We can develop and enforce certain maltreatment standards among all states, and the report calls for some of that, particularly in defining maltreatment.
We can go to the head of the river, but we must also acknowledge, that the report is dangerously silent on primary prevention."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Filling the Middle Ground between Parents and CPS.

In response to the recent story about "free-range" parenting, we posted a brief statement titled "Filling the Middle Ground between Parents and CPS." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"As adults we all have a responsibility to the future of our nation.  The old saying “our children are our future” provides each of us with an opportunity to both serve our nation and to serve the well-being of our nation’s children.  Ensuring their healthy development is something that should be the norm, not the exception.

The recent story about two Maryland children who were walking home, unsupervised has created a firestorm of controversy and opinion. The incident pits the roles, responsibilities and decisions of parents against those of the agencies that, by law, are required to investigate even the suspicion of child maltreatment. To us, what this story shows is that striking the balance between those two things can be difficult, but that ultimately the responsibility must rest somewhere. And we believe that it rests with each of us."

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Montana Summer Institute 2015 Growing Positive Community Norms: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Leadership July 7th-10th at the Big Sky Resort.

We want to be sure to let you know about the The Montana Summer Institute 2015Growing Positive Community Norms: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Leadership, which will be held July 7th-10th at the Big Sky Resort. The Institute is hosted by Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, the founder of the Science of the Positive and the Positive Community Norms approach to behavioral change, and our partners at The Montana Institute. Please take a look, and please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about the Summer Institute or The Montana Institute itself.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Connect the Dots.

We are excited to let you know that the National Movement for America's Children has been re-branded as Connect the Dots and there is a new website we hope you will take a look at!
We also hope you will sign-up at the new site so Connect the Dots can send you updates about their activities.
And what Connect the Dots really wants you to do is tell them what your "dot" is, i.e.,  What kind of everyday activities are you engaging in on behalf of your family, the families you know, and your community.
So, please sign-up, please let Connect the Dots what you think of the new site, both the positives and what they can improve, and please let them know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Prevent Child Abuse America in the news. Supportive family members. Healthy kids. And The New York Times.

Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, the Vice President for Research and 
Programs at Prevent Child Abuse America, was recently quoted in The New York Times talking about healthy kids in an article titled "After 2 Deaths, New York City Adopts New Strategy to Protect Homeless Children." You can read the article in its entirety here and we have pasted an excerpt below. We are also interested in your thoughts on the article, Dr. Rosenzweig's response, and the role you think community members can play in the lives of the children and families discussed in this article. Thanks.

“We prefer not to look at child abuse from the medical model of finding a sick person and treating them,” Dr. Rosenzweig said. “We prefer the inoculation model of preparing families and communities to raise safe and healthy kids.”

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There's Just One Week Left!

We're just one week away from 2015!

The new year brings new opportunities for the healthy development of children and families, and we can start the new year off right by investing in the programs for children and families that build connections with their neighbors and communities.

Of every dollar donated, eighty-nine cents goes directly to programs of Prevent Child Abuse America to continue engaging children, families and communities. 

Thank you for being a part of the movement to promote the great childhoods all children deserve. Please consider making a donation, increasing your annual gift or committing to a monthly gift.

As SuEllen Fried, a lifetime board member, has said of Prevent Child Abuse America, "It's a movement. A force. It's not just an organization." 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Consumer Reports picks Prevent Child Abuse America as one of its Best Charities "for your money."

We are honored to be identified by Consumer Reports as a "High-rated" charity in the category of Child Protection. We are also humbled to be included with the other charities deemed "High-rated," including but not limited to the Children's Defense Fund, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and the American Red Cross, among many others. We are hoping you will take a closer look at the report where our selection is discussed, let us know if you have any questions about the report, and think of us as you decide where to make donations during this holiday season.   

Friday, December 19, 2014

There's just two weeks left in 2014!

"If this organization can reach every single new family, can you just imagine what this world would be like?"
- SuEllen Fried, Lifetime Board Member

All children deserve great childhoods because our children are our future.

Your gift today can move this mission forward. 

We can do this by ensuring families have access to the services they need and the programs that help children develop and grow. When children have access to early education, medical care and other necessities without any barriers, and when communities come together to support their neighbors and build connections, we can make this better future possible.

By giving a gift, increasing your annual gift or committing to a monthly gift, you are creating the change that makes great childhoods possible for all children.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 Team to Deliver Healthy Meals and Healthy Social Interactions in the Lunchroom.

Prevent Child Abuse America and Chartwells K12 are teaming up to prevent bullying where it often takes place: the lunchroom. The partnership will deliver healthy messages to students alongside the healthy food choices Chartwells serves in 3,800 schools nationwide as part of a peer abuse (commonly known as bullying) prevention campaign. The campaign supports efforts to positively change youth behaviors in light of the more than 70 percent of students who report witnessing bullying on a monthly basis. You can read our full the press release on this exciting new partnership with the Chartwells K12 here.