Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Giving Tuesday Is Almost Here!

The end of the year can be a very busy time. Between work and school, family and friends, travel and holiday parties, there is little time to take a step back and take a look at the world around us.

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have a chance to give back!

December 1, 2015, is Giving Tuesday, a National Day of Giving. That's less than two weeks away!

There are many ways for you to get involved in Giving Tuesday! You can:
To learn more about how you can participate in Giving Tuesday, check out the official Giving Tuesday website.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

We All Play A Role.

For the past ten years I have been honored to be President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. That role is going to change however, because retirement is in my plans for early next year.

The last ten years have seen the incredible expansion of our Healthy Families America home visiting program, now serving 85,000 families each year. Our bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention technical assistance services have enhanced the 350 strategies that our 50 state chapters use to support the belief that every child has the right to a great childhood. Without your commitment to this mission, we could not do this.

This very difficult decision has allowed me to reflect not only how important this mission is but how great our supporters are. You have helped prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children and for that, I thank you. Your kind, encouraging notes gave me the inspiration to do my job better and for that, I am grateful. You have shown what is possible when people care and that has inspired me.

You have made me believe that prevention is really possible; you have made me believe that people want to make child abuse and neglect not only preventable, but unthinkable; you have made me believe that we all play an important role in each child's life who comes in contact with us.

Thank you for helping me believe that I could do my job; I have not felt alone, because I knew you were there. Please never underestimate the influence your support means to individuals like me.

But there is so much more to be done! Please continue to help our mission achieve the next round of successes to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, child abuse and neglect by making a gift today.

James M. Hmurovich
President & CEO

P.S. By giving a gift today, you will help ensure that all children have the great childhoods they deserve because our children are our future.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The reviews are in...

And you've done it again!
You have helped Prevent Child Abuse America become a Top-Rated Nonprofit!
Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your support of this mission and will continue to work toward ensuring great childhoods for all children because our children are our future!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Kids and Trauma: Science Over Force.

In response to last week's High School "discipline" story from South Carolina we posted the attached Statement titled "Kids and Trauma: Science Over Force" today. We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below. 

"The video showing a school police officer subduing an unyielding adolescent with force is yet another reminder that children act out. Sadly, that’s not news. What is news is that there are alternate, appropriate ways to deal with troubled teens that benefit both the child and the community.
There are a host of reasons why a child might misbehave, and while the details of this young woman’s life are rightfully private, her attorney has made a public statement that she is in foster care and that is a sign that her nuclear family has been unable or unavailable to raise her.     
Traumatic childhood experiences are the subject of many studies currently. Findings indicate that these experiences can have both immediate and lifelong effect on social and emotional health. Collectively called “Adverse Childhood Experiences,” or ACEs, these experiences can actually change the chemistry of a child’s brain and can be a cause for dramatic changes in a child’s behavior. 
Prevent Child Abuse America recognizes the profound lessons from the ACE studies and has incorporated the findings into our work at every opportunity. We are particularly proud to be the non-profit partner to the producers of the film Paper Tigers, a documentary showing how the lives of troubled teens are changed when their school adopts a trauma–informed approach."

Friday, October 30, 2015

Check it out: The current edition of our newsletter is live!

And you can learn more about what's happening with Healthy Families America, our terrifically popular The Power of One blog post, the National Pinwheel Garden on the National Mall, ultra-marathoner and ultra-Prevent Child Abuse America supporter Chad Weller, #GivingTuesday and Connect the Dots here. So please do take a look and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about any of this. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Share What You Think!

Because of your support, Prevent Child Abuse America was a Top Rated Charity in 2014! In order to help us become Top Rated in 2015, we need YOU to write a review.

Your positive review allows us to maintain our top-rated status and reach new partners, donors and volunteers.

In the past year, Prevent Child Abuse America has been expanding prevention efforts:  

  • The Healthy Families America program has grown to over 630 sites serving over 85,000 families,
  • We have expanded our efforts to prevent peer abuse with new partnerships with Girls Inc., and Chartwells K12, 
  • We are able to spread the word about Adverse Childhoods Experiences with our partnership with Paper Tigers, and
  • We were able to "grow" our Pinwheel Garden in new locations, including Washington D.C!

Tell us what you think of our mission and work by writing a review today!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Prevent Child Abuse America President & CEO James M. Hmurovich to retire.

Prevent Child Abuse America is formally announcing the retirement of President & CEO James M. Hmurovich. For 10 years, staff and he have worked to deliver on evidence-based strategies to promote healthy child development, supportive services for parents, and the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Hmurovich’s last day has not been identified and will be aligned with the appointment of and transition to a successor, likely in the first quarter of 2016. A national search for his successor is underway, led by the National Board of Directors with the help of Phillips Oppenheim. “Jim began his role as President & CEO at a time of significant change and transformation in the organization’s history,” said Fred Riley, Board Chair, Prevent Child Abuse America. “He brought a sense of urgency to achieving financial stability and revenue enhancement, while never compromising the organization’s focus on children and families. We are stronger and looking at an even brighter future thanks to Jim’s efforts and leadership.” During his time at Prevent Child Abuse America, Jim was a member of a national office team that expanded the organization’s home visitation program, Healthy Families America, from 360 sites to over 600, increased the state chapter network from 41 to 50, introduced the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign as a reminder that child abuse and neglect prevention is everyone’s responsibility, oversaw the creation of technical assistance services to the networks on bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention, and the development of a national movement, Connect the Dots, for children and families. You can read the full release on Hmurovich's retirement here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Prevent Child Abuse America Planted More Than 1,000 Pinwheels at Washington Monument to Celebrate Great Childhoods!

Yesterday Prevent Child Abuse America and its Virginia and Maryland chapters celebrated the great childhoods that all children deserve with a "National Pinwheel Garden" by planting more than 1,000 pinwheels near the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 

The public and members of event partners General Federation of Women's Clubs, Sigma Delta Tau, Kappa Delta and Chartwells K12 were invited to celebrate the people who helped them enjoy great childhoods by having pinwheels planted in their honor in the National Pinwheel Garden. 

"The pinwheel allows us to engage people in a new way," said Prevent Child Abuse America President & CEO James M. Hmurovich. "It provides us with an engaging device to move beyond merely making people aware of child abuse prevention, but motivating them to take action on its behalf. From acts big and small, from providing busy parents with a break to signing onto letters to Congress, each of us can, and must, play a role in ensuring great childhoods for our nation's children. This event in the nation's capital is one more way to convey that message to the country."

Individuals who also believe every child deserves a great childhood because our children are our future can make a gift today!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Everyone does better when they feel like they have someone in their corner, and this is especially true of school-age children. Children need to know that someone believes in them; that they have an ally. Often that person is a parent, but given that many children spend more of their waking hours at school than at home, they need a champion at school too.

In a TED Talk two years ago, former teacher Rita Pierson shared her teaching philosophy. In describing a quiz she administered, Rita shared that one student answered eighteen out of twenty questions incorrectly. Rather than put -18 on his paper, she wrote +2 and added a smiley face. Confused by the smiley face, the student asked if he received an F. When Rita responded, “yes”, he asked why she put a smiley face on the paper. She told him that he got two answers right and she knew that when they reviewed the material again, he would do better. In her words, “-18 sucks all the life of you, +2 says I ain’t all bad.”

Through simple, everyday connections, you can make a difference in a child’s life. You don’t have to be a parent, a teacher or a coach to make a difference. By simply making children feel noticed and valued you become an ally.

As noted Child Psychiatrist James Comer pronounced, “no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” Each time you connect with a child and show him that you will listen to him and support him; you pave the way for learning.
Children are much more likely to try when they know someone believes they can succeed. And, they are much more likely to reach out for help (if they need it) when they have a relationship with someone they can trust.

You can start small and have a big impact. Begin by:

Listening – try repeating back what a child shares with you to demonstrate that you are paying attention and focused on them. Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, validate their feelings and let them know you understand.

Comforting – celebrate their achievements, no matter how small. Did they help clean the lunch table, wait for a friend, or let someone else go ahead of them in line? Acknowledge their choices with public recognition.

Honoring differences – help them appreciate their uniqueness by praising their hobbies, hairstyles, clothes or glasses. We all share so much in common, but it is our differences that make us special. When you point out what makes them special, their peers will recognize it too.

Following up – remember to check in over time to make sure to make sure their relationships and schoolwork are ok.  It’s natural to have ups and downs, but knowing they have an ally increases resiliency.

YOU have the power to make a difference. YOU can be an ally.  YOU can start today by connecting with a child.

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