Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Who we are and what we hope to do with the Changing The Way We Think About Prevention blog.

Hello and welcome to Prevent Child Abuse America's new blog, "Changing The Way We Think About Prevention." You will find a brief description of PCA America below, and we hope you will consider signing up for our newsletter, which you can do on our website, but first we want to invite you to visit this blog regularly as we update you on what we are doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and the role you can play in this effort.

Our plan with this blog is talk about the value we place on our children and whether our policies and actions support that value. We also want to talk about the child development process as it relates to prevention.

Greater attention to the child development process means healthier children who grow up to be more engaged in our communities, more productive in the workplace and more participatory in our nation's efforts to be competitive in the global economy.

We want people to understand that abuse and neglect have consequences for children long into their adulthood and often impact our communities through a higher incidence of mental health, delinquency, substance abuse and personal health needs.

We all need to learn more about the prevention of child abuse and neglect so we can start thinking about prevention in a whole new way, decrease adverse experiences and support healthier communities, families and people.

We feel this blog is one means for achieving our goals. We look forward to where this new venture will take us and we are excited to have you
join us as we look to build a public dialogue and social movement around the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Brief Description

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) was founded in 1972. PCA America is the first organization in the United States whose sole mission is “to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.” It undertakes its mission by affecting change at the governmental and community level on the systems that support the full range of services needed to promote the child development process and provide parents with better conditions to be the kind of parents they want to be. Based in Chicago, PCA America has state chapters in 43 states and 413 Healthy Families America (HFA) sites in 41 states. Together, approximately 500 staff in the National Office and chapters manages over 353 different locally based strategies to meet the mission of the organization, and an additional 2900 home visitation workers, supervisors and program managers oversee and implement HFA.

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