Friday, February 5, 2016

Announcing: The Montana Summer Institute 2016 - Applying Positive Community Norms to Cultivate Healthy Cultures.

We want to be sure you know that our partners at The Montana Institute have announced the dates for The Montana Summer Institute 2016 - Applying Positive Community Norms to Cultivate Healthy Cultures - July 6th-9th at the Big Sky Resort.

To quote The Montana Institute:


"Inspiring. Powerful. Transformative. These are just some of the ways participants have described the Summer Institute’s enlightening presentations, deep discussions, and skill-building workshops.

The 2016 Institute will focus on the core science and practice of Positive Community Norms (PCN). We will share instructive case studies, key implementation strategies, current research, and best practices to help you plan, expand, or sustain a PCN effort. Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, the founder of PCN, will lead an expert roster of speakers in delivering dynamic, interactive sessions on how to apply this framework to transform health and safety norms."

You can learn more about The Montana Summer Institute 2016 here.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Great childhoods, abuse and youth-serving organizations - the good news and causes for concern.

Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, Vice President for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America, has published a piece in philly.com titled "What is the rate of child abuse in schools, rec groups?" that looks at "Children Exposed to Abuse in Youth-Serving Organizations," a study published online today in JAMA Pediatrics. According to Dr. Rosenzweig, the study "offers both good news and cause for some concern when it comes to the rate of abuse in these groups." We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions or comments. We have also pasted an excerpt below.

"Results from this study left me with an unanticipated area of concern: Of the children who reported abuse in a youth-serving agency or organization, 64 percent of the abuse by an adult was verbal or emotional. Based on this study, it’s estimated that up to 1 million kids could answer yes to the question: “Did you get scared or feel really bad because grown-ups in your life called you names, said mean things to you, or said they didn’t want you?” Emotional abuse, or bullying by an adult in a youth-serving organization, is 10 times more prevalent than sexual abuse, and the scars can be deep and long lasting. This is unacceptable, and is a call to action for parents.

Parents should consider action on two fronts: with their children and with their youth organizations. First, open communication with their children should include a conversation making it clear that coaches and other adults may say things are difficult to hear sometimes, but remarks from a good coach make a child want to work harder and do better, not make them feel bad or unwanted. Parents should encourage their children to share any concerns about a coach or staff members’ behavior or language.

Secondly, parents and caregivers should also investigate the policies and procedures of any organization serving their children. Learn the basics like how staff and volunteers are screened and trained, but don’t stop there. Most youth sports teams have specific volunteer or required roles to help the team operate, like “snack parent” or “equipment parent.” As the next team season approaches, think about collaborating with other parents to develop a rotating schedule for a “stand parent”, an adult to attend each game or practice to watch from the stands and cheer for each player, while keeping an eye and ear open for inappropriate treatment of kids by staff and volunteers."

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Our 2016 Public Policy Agenda is now available!

 

And we are interested in your thoughts, so please take a look here and then please let us know what you think in the comments section below. Thanks! 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Now Is The Time.


What a year it has been!

This year because of your support:

  • Over 85,000 families were able to participate in the Healthy Families America program, an evidence-based, family-centered program that supports parents in building the foundation for healthy child development;
  • Peer abuse (bullying) prevention and child sexual abuse prevention technical assistance centers were created to provide information and share strategies throughout the 50 state chapter network; and,
  • Thousands of Pinwheels for Prevention were planted in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C. to raise awareness for all children to have the great childhoods they deserve!

Give now to make 2016 even more successful!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Did You Know?

Did you know that you can ensure all children have the great childhoods they deserve because our children are our future?

Or, that through Prevent Child Abuse America's signature program, Healthy Families America (HFA), families are finding the support to develop skills and attitudes to provide a foundation for healthy development? 

HFA is an evidence-based, family-centered home visitation program designed to support families as they nurture the parent-child bond and achieve their goals.

This year, over 85,000 families were able to participate in this program! 

Your contribution
  can do much more than support a program. Your gift today will allow children an equal opportunity for healthy development. 

Give today to ensure an even more successful 2016!

Friday, December 18, 2015

You Can Do So Much!

You can ensure all children have the great childhoods they deserve because our children are our future.

This year, over 85,000 families were able to receive support from Prevent Child Abuse America's signature prevention program, Healthy Families America (HFA), a strengths-based, family-centered home visitation program.

"I like the continuous support in raising my child from my HFA Family Support worker and the information she brings at each visit pertains to the stage of development of my daughter. She is always available and answers any questions/concerns I have about my daughter and my family. Her support has extended beyond just caring for my daughter but also for the well-being of my family."
- HFA participant, Mother, from Orange, IA

A gift from you will do much more than support a program. Your gift will enable the children and families receiving support and education to nurture the parent-child bond and achieve their goals.

Give today to ensure an even more successful 2016!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Consumer Reports names Prevent Child Abuse America as one of the Best Charities for donations.


We are honored to share this with you, and even more honored to be in such fine company. Please take a look, share the link and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks, and thank you to Consumer Reports as well.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

You Can Transform A Life.

There is power in one person making a difference. 

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. 

This year,
  • Over 85,000 families were reached by the Healthy Families America program;
  • Child sexual abuse and peer-to-peer (bullying) abuse prevention strategies have been implemented nationwide, and;
  • Hundreds of thousands of pinwheels were planted, raising awareness in neighborhoods just like yours. 
You can make sure this work continues to grow and reach children and families throughout the United States by giving a gift today.

Your gift will help to ensure all children have the great childhood they deserve because our children are our future.

Thank you for your dedication to this mission.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Spotlight, Shadows and Speaking Truth to Power.

In response to the release of the movie Spotlight we posted the Statement titled "Spotlight, Shadows and Speaking Truth to Power" today. We hope you will take a look and let us know if you have any questions. We have also pasted an excerpt below.

"You’re not going to see any superheroes in the new movie Spotlight. Well, at least not the kinds that wear capes or battle space aliens.

Nor are you going to see car chases, tidal waves, earth quakes or even people raising their voices very often.

And for a movie about the Boston Archdiocese child sexual abuse scandal, you’re not going to learn much about evidence-based solutions, or the most effective ways to raise healthy, vibrant children either.

But you will learn something very valuable, however, about how we prevent child sexual abuse from ever happening in the first place: we don’t allow it to exist in the dark, wrapped in secrets that are fostered by adults who are unable, or unwilling, to ask hard questions about what they know is happening right in front of them.

You will also learn that the heroes in Spotlight are the investigative journalists and brave citizens who stood up to a system that thrived on secrecy and intimidation.

If the role adults play in preventing child sexual abuse isn’t clear already, let us be clear here, now – preventing child sexual abuse is not the responsibility of children, it’s the responsibility of the adults who live in the neighborhoods and communities those children live in.

Those adults, all adults, all of us, have to be willing to face things that make us uncomfortable, and as we see in Spotlight, we also have to be willing to confront the institutions which prefer that such actions are ignored."

Monday, November 30, 2015

We're One Day Away!

Can you believe December starts tomorrow? 

When we think about the year that has gone by so quickly, we are thankful for those who support our efforts to ensure that all children have great childhoods because our children are our future.

This year, thanks to your support, Prevent Child Abuse America has expanded the Healthy Families America program to over 630 sites and was able to serve over 85,000 families across the country! Those families are able to focus on nurturing positive parent-child bonds and parents' efforts to provide the foundation for healthy child development.

We want to do even better in 2016!

By giving a gift  on Giving Tuesday, you will help to achieve that goal and will play an important role to ensure that all children have the great childhoods that they deserve.