Monday, August 25, 2014

APSAC's 23rd Annual Colloquium Call for Abstracts.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is now accepting submissions for its 23rd Annual Colloquium, July 22-25, 2015, at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts. APSAC is soliciting abstracts for training, research and poster presentations. You do not need to be a member to submit your program abstract. For details please go here.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Healthy Children. A Priority for Everyone.

Meet the Healthy Families American Samoa training group.

American Samoa Training group
American Samoa Training Group 
With your support, the program will continue to expand into communities where our support is needed! 

Healthy Families sites engage pregnant women, families and parents of children from birth to age 5, by helping them tap into community resources that encourage them to develop the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotional healthy and ready to learn.

Healthy Families is the only home visiting program that has expanded into all five US territories and the flexible design of the program means that every culture can use this model of home visiting to meet the unique needs of their families. 

This can't be done without you!

You donation today will allow families to participate in this valuable program. You can ensure every child has the opportunity for healthy development.

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.