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Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America Together, we can prevent child abuse, America...because childhood lasts a lifetime. Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide, recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development.

We believe that communities across the country are doing innovative things with great results to prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring, and what we need to do as a nation is commit to bringing this kind of ingenuity to communities everywhere.

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Dr. Melissa Merrick recently discussed the new government data that revealed children of color and those with disabiliti...
03/02/2022
Disparities in child abuse trauma

Dr. Melissa Merrick recently discussed the new government data that revealed children of color and those with disabilities are more likely to be abused, witness violence and experience trauma. These risks and disparities existed before the pandemic and are due to long-standing structural and systemic inequities.

Hear more from Dr. Melissa Merrick’s recent TV interview here: https://bit.ly/3sgl6hQ

New government data shows children of color and those with disabilities are more likely to be abused, witness violence, and experience trauma.

We're hiring! Apply to join the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child ab...
03/01/2022

We're hiring! Apply to join the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect.

The Special Projects Manager reports directly to the Chief Strategy Officer and provides project management support to the Prevent Child Abuse America national office on special projects, including Thriving Families, Safer Children, adaptive strategic planning, race equity and others. The Special Projects Manager will work on special projects across all departments, including policy, communications, Healthy Families America home visiting and state chapters.

Learn more and apply now: https://bit.ly/3IhGxVC

In this recently published op-ed, Dr. Melissa Merrick shares her point of view on how #BuildBackBetter will provide much...
02/28/2022
How Build Back Better Would Support American Families - The Imprint

In this recently published op-ed, Dr. Melissa Merrick shares her point of view on how #BuildBackBetter will provide much-needed supports to families nationwide. #BuildBackBetter provides comprehensive economic, health, education and social supports needed to strengthen families and communities. A holistic approach to family wellbeing is exactly what is needed to reduce child abuse and neglect in America.

Read Dr. Merrick’s piece in The Imprint here: https://bit.ly/3hbQ8Bh

With the right supports, parents can refocus their energy on providing a safe and nurturing home for their child to learn and flourish, writes Dr. Melissa T. Merrick.

We're hiring! Apply to join the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child ab...
02/25/2022

We're hiring! Apply to join the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect.

PCA America is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for a federal grant evaluating the effects of paid family leave and childcare subsidies in preventing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. The postdoctoral fellow will work with a diverse team of national expert collaborators on research activities including quantitative secondary data analyses, writing scholarly journal articles and more.

Learn more and apply now: https://bit.ly/3IhGxVC

Consider making an investment that will impact generations of children to come. Making a meaningful planned gift is easi...
02/25/2022

Consider making an investment that will impact generations of children to come. Making a meaningful planned gift is easier than you might think. There are charitable options that will provide you tax benefits, allow you to provide for loved ones, and support Prevent Child Abuse America.

You can do this by joining the Donna J. Stone Legacy Society, which is dedicated to improving the outcomes of children, the lives of families and the future of our country as we support the next generation of leaders.

Learn more and consider your donation today: https://bit.ly/33Qxk7I

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently issued an opinion classifying medically necessary gender-affirming care to yo...
02/25/2022

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently issued an opinion classifying medically necessary gender-affirming care to youth as child abuse. AG Paxton’s statement stands in direct opposition to the evidence-based care recognized by numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Endocrine Society and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Prevent Child Abuse America knows that providing necessary and adequate medical care to your child is not child abuse, and that transgender and non-binary children need access to age-appropriate, individualized medical care just like every other child.

PCA America opposes legislation and laws that deny healthcare access to any child, regardless of their gender identity. Such laws threaten the safety and security of our nation’s most vulnerable - children and youth.

We must take action to strengthen the foundations of love, safety and support that enable all of our nation’s children to thrive.

Read Dr. Melissa Merrick’s full statement here: https://bit.ly/3pf9da5

Just last week the Biden administration reversed a Trump-era “public charge” rule for green cards. This “public charge” ...
02/24/2022
Biden Moves to Reverse Trump-Era ‘Public Charge' Rule for Green Cards

Just last week the Biden administration reversed a Trump-era “public charge” rule for green cards. This “public charge” rule enacted changes to policy and standards for individuals and families seeking permanent residency. This rule penalized the legal use of public services and programs presently available to immigrant families, such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and housing assistance, furthering disparities for those seeking lawful entry into the US. Penalties for the use of necessary public resources would negatively impact immigrant families, including the long-term adverse impact on the health and well-being of immigrant and American-citizen children already living in the United States.

PCA America opposed this Trump-era rule and publicly advised against continuing to implement this policy change. Now that the Biden administration has reversed this rule, we will return to the understanding that individuals will not be penalized for legally using public services and programs.

Equitable access to public resources for all children and families, without fear of reprisal or loss of residency or status, benefits everyone, particularly our most vulnerable, our children.

Learn more about the new public charge rule here: https://bit.ly/3vflorf

The Biden administration has proposed reversing a rule that denies green cards to applicants who receive certain government benefits, one of former President Donald Trump’s signature moves to limit legal immigration.

“This is a big scientific finding,” said Martha J. Farah, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s proo...
02/11/2022
Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds

“This is a big scientific finding,” said Martha J. Farah, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s proof that just giving the families more money, even a modest amount of more money, leads to better brain development.”

A study found that providing mothers with cash stipends for the first year of their children’s lives appears to have changed the babies’ brain activity associated with stronger cognitive development. This research could have policy implications as the Biden administration pushes to expand the child tax credit. https://nyti.ms/3Ky3HZc

The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.

“Disparities that were present before the pandemic were intensified, and COVID-19 exposed gaps in our human services del...
02/09/2022
Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D.

“Disparities that were present before the pandemic were intensified, and COVID-19 exposed gaps in our human services delivery system,” Aysha E. Schomburg, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, on data from the newly released Child Maltreatment 2020 report.

The report showed an increase in the number of Black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related deaths were investigated during the year, which included the first several months of the pandemic.

https://bit.ly/3L1EJBI

Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D., is the associate commissioner in the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, located within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As associate commissioner she heads the Children....

Prevent Child Abuse America, alongside 400+ other organizations, signed a letter supporting the inclusion of the child t...
02/08/2022

Prevent Child Abuse America, alongside 400+ other organizations, signed a letter supporting the inclusion of the child tax credit (CTC) in the Build Back Better Act. The CTC expansion in the American Rescue Plan helped millions of families take care of their children and support their everyday needs. From July to December 2021, advanced monthly payments of the CTC gave families the freedom and flexibility to make the financial choices that are best for them.

For many, the CTC was a lifeline that allowed them to put food on the table, pay back debt, and supplement lost wages due to the pandemic – reducing intolerable parental stressors that can lead to child maltreatment. Read the letter asking Congress to include the #ChildTaxCredit in #BuildBackBetter: https://bit.ly/344jezN

We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid! Now, you can s...
02/07/2022

We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our #NonprofitProfile: https://bit.ly/34jJGFr

February, and every month, is a time to celebrate Black history, amplify Black voices and advocate for change. Prevent C...
02/03/2022

February, and every month, is a time to celebrate Black history, amplify Black voices and advocate for change. Prevent Child Abuse America is committed to dismantling the systemic discrimination and root causes of stress that can lead to child abuse and neglect. ALL of us have a role to play in shaping a bright future for children and families. #BlackHistoryMonth

With the Winter Olympics commencing this Friday, The Game Over Commission to Protect Child Athletes and CHILD USA releas...
02/02/2022

With the Winter Olympics commencing this Friday, The Game Over Commission to Protect Child Athletes and CHILD USA released a new, independent report calling for changes in the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. This report includes important findings that identify systemic failure across youth-serving organizations and action items for lawmakers, athletic organizations and medical licensing boards to address these failures. The biggest takeaway of this report is that the safety of young athletes should come above everything else.

With this report, we now have an action plan in hand to help protect children and young adults as they’re pursuing their dreams. At Prevent Child Abuse America, we advocate for “upstream” policies and programs that prevent child abuse before it happens. Prevention of child abuse is possible when communities take bold action to create safe environments for children.

Read Dr. Melissa Merricks full statement on this report here: https://bit.ly/3L7Hhy8

Our Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences With HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) report presents evidence...
01/28/2022
Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) With HOPE: New Insights into the Role of Positive Experience on Child and Family Development | Prevent Child Abuse America

Our Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences With HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) report presents evidence based on data that reinforces the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development, despite the adversity common in so many families.

Read the report here: https://preventchildabuse.org/resources/balancing-adverse-childhood-experiences-with-hope/

This report presents evidence for HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) based on newly released, compelling data that reinforce the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development despite the adversity common in so many familie...

Child neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Although pervasive and sometimes life threatening, it is often di...
01/27/2022

Child neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Although pervasive and sometimes life threatening, it is often difficult to identify. PCAA’s research, programs, and affiliate network is focused on preventing child neglect through several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families, and communities.

Learn more: https://preventchildabuse.org/what-we-do/child-neglect-prevention/

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“This is a big scientific finding,” said Martha J. Farah, a neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania. “It’s proof that just giving the families more money, even a modest amount of more money, leads to better brain development.” A study found that providing mothers with cash stipends for the first year of their children’s lives appears to have changed the babies’ brain activity associated with stronger cognitive development. This research could have policy implications as the Biden administration pushes to expand the child tax credit. https://nyti.ms/3Ky3HZc
“Disparities that were present before the pandemic were intensified, and COVID-19 exposed gaps in our human services delivery system,” Aysha E. Schomburg, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, on data from the newly released Child Maltreatment 2020 report. The report showed an increase in the number of Black children who died, even though fewer abuse-related deaths were investigated during the year, which included the first several months of the pandemic. https://bit.ly/3L1EJBI
Prevent Child Abuse America, alongside 400+ other organizations, signed a letter supporting the inclusion of the child tax credit (CTC) in the Build Back Better Act. The CTC expansion in the American Rescue Plan helped millions of families take care of their children and support their everyday needs. From July to December 2021, advanced monthly payments of the CTC gave families the freedom and flexibility to make the financial choices that are best for them. For many, the CTC was a lifeline that allowed them to put food on the table, pay back debt, and supplement lost wages due to the pandemic – reducing intolerable parental stressors that can lead to child maltreatment. Read the letter asking Congress to include the #ChildTaxCredit in #BuildBackBetter: https://bit.ly/344jezN
We’re excited to share that our organization has earned a 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency with Candid! Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our #NonprofitProfile: https://bit.ly/34jJGFr
February, and every month, is a time to celebrate Black history, amplify Black voices and advocate for change. Prevent Child Abuse America is committed to dismantling the systemic discrimination and root causes of stress that can lead to child abuse and neglect. ALL of us have a role to play in shaping a bright future for children and families. #BlackHistoryMonth
With the Winter Olympics commencing this Friday, The Game Over Commission to Protect Child Athletes and CHILD USA released a new, independent report calling for changes in the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee. This report includes important findings that identify systemic failure across youth-serving organizations and action items for lawmakers, athletic organizations and medical licensing boards to address these failures. The biggest takeaway of this report is that the safety of young athletes should come above everything else. With this report, we now have an action plan in hand to help protect children and young adults as they’re pursuing their dreams. At Prevent Child Abuse America, we advocate for “upstream” policies and programs that prevent child abuse before it happens. Prevention of child abuse is possible when communities take bold action to create safe environments for children. Read Dr. Melissa Merricks full statement on this report here: https://bit.ly/3L7Hhy8
Our Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences With HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) report presents evidence based on data that reinforces the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development, despite the adversity common in so many families. Read the report here: https://preventchildabuse.org/resources/balancing-adverse-childhood-experiences-with-hope/
Child neglect is the most common form of maltreatment. Although pervasive and sometimes life threatening, it is often difficult to identify. PCAA’s research, programs, and affiliate network is focused on preventing child neglect through several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families, and communities. Learn more: https://preventchildabuse.org/what-we-do/child-neglect-prevention/
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been one of the cornerstones of America’s response to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking for the past quarter-century. VAWA is now four years past due for reauthorization, and it’s time to renew it with modest but vital improvements. Call on your senators to urge them to prioritize the Senate introduction and passage of a bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022, that meets the identified needs of survivors and their communities. You can find your senator’s contact information at senate.gov/senators/contact. #VAWA4ALL
This month's parenting tip focuses on turning chores into quality time! In addition to teaching skills like responsibility, an extra benefit to doing chores with your children is that it creates another opportunity to bond with your children. Even something as simple as teaching your child how to properly knot a trash bag is an opportunity to laugh with and learn about your child. Learn more: https://preventchildabuse.org/resources/turn-chores-into-quality-time/
We're hiring! Apply to join the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Chief Communications Officer provides support to the Prevent Child Abuse America national office, and technical assistance on matters pertaining to marketing and communications to the state chapters and Healthy Families America networks, as well as other national partners. Learn more and apply today: https://preventchildabuse.org/about-us/careers/chief-communications-officer/
Register now for Georgia Reads "What Happened To You?" Virtual Author Event happening Monday, January 10th! Dr. Bruce Perry will discuss trauma, resilience, and healing and why he co-wrote the book with Oprah. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Melissa Merrick, President and CEO of PCA America. Register here: https://gwinnettpl.libnet.info/event/5772493