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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At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse is an adult responsibility. To Olym...
09/16/2021

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse is an adult responsibility. To Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman, and the countless other victims of sexual abuse, we see you, we hear you, we believe you, and we are doing all that we can to ensure that sexual abuse never occurs in the first place. Read the full message from Dr. Melissa Merrick: https://bit.ly/3lyYjt1.

Donate to Prevent Child Abuse America today to help create the conditions for safe and thriving children: https://preventchildabuse.org/donate/. Together, we CAN prevent child abuse, America—because childhood lasts a lifetime.

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse is an adult responsibility. To Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, and Aly Raisman, and the countless other victims of sexual abuse, we see you, we hear you, we believe you, and we are doing all that we can to ensure that sexual abuse never occurs in the first place. Read the full message from Dr. Melissa Merrick: https://bit.ly/3lyYjt1.

Donate to Prevent Child Abuse America today to help create the conditions for safe and thriving children: https://preventchildabuse.org/donate/. Together, we CAN prevent child abuse, America—because childhood lasts a lifetime.

09/15/2021
Parenting Tip of the Month - September

September Parenting Tip of the Month: Preparing for back-to-school ✍️ 📚

The most important piece of getting your kids ready for back to school is helping them have a positive attitude! Ask your children questions like “what class/teacher are you most excited for?” or “who haven’t you seen this summer that you are excited to see when school starts?” Continuing to reinforce the positive aspects of going back to school can help build up your child’s own excitement. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Eg1DlJ

We're hiring! Apply today for join the Prevent Child Abuse America team as the Federal Policy Assistant ✍️ .The role wil...
09/14/2021

We're hiring! Apply today for join the Prevent Child Abuse America team as the Federal Policy Assistant ✍️ .

The role will support PCA America’s Public Policy Department in conducting and coordinating policy-related advocacy. Learn more about the position and how to apply: https://bit.ly/3C4Q8eX

We're hiring! Apply today for join the Prevent Child Abuse America team as the Federal Policy Assistant ✍️ .

The role will support PCA America’s Public Policy Department in conducting and coordinating policy-related advocacy. Learn more about the position and how to apply: https://bit.ly/3C4Q8eX

Help make the Child Tax Credit permanent! The House and Senate are finalizing an economic recovery package and members o...
09/13/2021
Policy Action Center

Help make the Child Tax Credit permanent!

The House and Senate are finalizing an economic recovery package and members of Congress need to hear from you to make the expanded CTC provisions permanent and fully inclusive in the recovery package. Visit our policy action center to easily send a message to your member of Congress:

You can influence public policy. Advocacy happens in many different ways, but at its core advocacy is about raising awareness, building and leveraging relationships, and educating others around the issues and policies that matter to you.

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe self-care is important to cultivating the safe, stable, nurturing relationshi...
09/10/2021

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe self-care is important to cultivating the safe, stable, nurturing relationships, connections, and environments that help every child thrive.

We love these pictures of how others are practicing self-care and #GrowingBetterTogether in their communities! Add your own self-care photo to the gallery 📸 https://share.preventchildabuse.org/?r=psf

09/07/2021
Measurement of Adverse Childhood Experiences: It Matters

Alternative methods of measuring adverse childhood experiences can influence understanding of their true impact. Dr. Melissa Merrick has co-authored a new article, "Measurement of Adverse Childhood Experiences: It Matters" on alternative measurement approaches for #ACEs.

Access it here: https://bit.ly/3yQeW8p

Alternative measurement approaches for adverse childhood experiences (i.e., count score versus individual adverse childhood experiences measured dicho…

Prevent Child Abuse America wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday 💙.
09/06/2021

Prevent Child Abuse America wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday 💙.

Prevent Child Abuse America wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday 💙.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities cope wit...
09/04/2021
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after a Hurricane

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help children, families, and communities cope with the impact of Hurricane Ida. Check many of them out here: https://bit.ly/2WQkItu

PCA America has also developed a resource on talking to children about scary situations: https://bit.ly/3Bxvd3R. Here we’ve compiled research and information on dealing with disasters in a way that can be helpful to your children.

Offers parents guidance on helping their children after a hurricane. This fact sheet describes common reactions children may have after a hurricane, what to do to help, and self-care tips for parents.

Back-to-school season is officially here! ✍️ 🎒  How has the first week or two of school been? Add your back-to-school ph...
09/03/2021

Back-to-school season is officially here! ✍️ 🎒 How has the first week or two of school been? Add your back-to-school photo to show how you're growing a better tomorrow in your community!

We ALL play a role in cultivating safe, stable, nurturing relationships, connections, and environments that help every child thrive. Join Prevent Child Abuse America in #GrowingBetterTogether: https://preventchildabuse.org/growing-better-together/

Hit No More has extended the deadline of their 2021 Hit No More social media contest! Send in a short video or meme addr...
09/02/2021

Hit No More has extended the deadline of their 2021 Hit No More social media contest! Send in a short video or meme addressing either school corporal punishment or positive parenting and be entered to win up to $1,000!

For more information on the contest, visit linktree.com/hitnomore or check out their page.

Hit No More has extended the deadline of their 2021 Hit No More social media contest! Send in a short video or meme addressing either school corporal punishment or positive parenting and be entered to win up to $1,000!

For more information on the contest, visit linktree.com/hitnomore or check out their page.

Don't miss this afternoon's conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board ...
08/31/2021

Don't miss this afternoon's conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry!

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing" and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Register now to join us at 4pm Central: https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

Don't miss this afternoon's conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry!

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing" and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Register now to join us at 4pm Central: https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

We had the privilege of being joined by members of the HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) team during #Tr...
08/30/2021
HOPE at the 2021 PCAA National Conference

We had the privilege of being joined by members of the HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) team during #TransformingOurTomorrow! Attendees learned how to add the HOPE framework into their home visits with children and families.

Read more about HOPE at the 2021 PCA America National Conference: https://bit.ly/3mGMa7L

On the week of August 9th, the HOPE team was honored to be a part of the Transforming Our Tomorrow: 2021 Prevent Child Abuse America Virtual Conference (PCAA). This conference focused on the need for ongoing growth in ourselves, organizations and communities, and explored what we can do now to impac...

Have you registered to join us on August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & ...
08/28/2021

Have you registered to join us on August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member, Dr. Bruce Perry? You still can! https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book, "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing," and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Do you have a question for Dr. Perry? Leave it in the comments ⬇️

Have you registered to join us on August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member, Dr. Bruce Perry? You still can! https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book, "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing," and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Do you have a question for Dr. Perry? Leave it in the comments ⬇️

Help us extend a warm welcome to our two newest members of the Prevent Child Abuse America team 🎉.  ◾ Laura Shoaf joins ...
08/27/2021

Help us extend a warm welcome to our two newest members of the Prevent Child Abuse America team 🎉.

◾ Laura Shoaf joins us as our new Healthy Families America Master Trainer! Laura is a certified trainer in PSCO and Foundations for Family Support, an HFA Peer Reviewer, and an HFA Training Advisory Committee member.
◾ Andy Berkhout joins us as the new Quality Improvement Data Analyst! Andy brings with him an abundance of advanced analytic skills, combined with an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.

We're so excited to have them both join the team!

Today marks #WomensEqualityDay 💙. On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment was certified in the US Constitution, giving w...
08/26/2021

Today marks #WomensEqualityDay 💙. On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment was certified in the US Constitution, giving women the right to vote. We honor those that have fought, and continue to fight, for women's equality. Join us in celebrating the strength of women, today and everyday.

"There is no limit to what we, as woman, can accomplish." --Michelle Obama

Today marks #WomensEqualityDay 💙. On this day in 1920, the 19th amendment was certified in the US Constitution, giving women the right to vote. We honor those that have fought, and continue to fight, for women's equality. Join us in celebrating the strength of women, today and everyday.

"There is no limit to what we, as woman, can accomplish." --Michelle Obama

Register today for the 2021 Lives in the Balance Children's Mental Health Conference! Happening October 8th, the confere...
08/25/2021
2021 Lives in the Balance Children's Mental Health Conference

Register today for the 2021 Lives in the Balance Children's Mental Health Conference! Happening October 8th, the conference will focus solely on two issues -- corporal punishment and the use of restraint and seclusion in schools -- and two pending federal bills related to these issues: the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) and the Protecting Our Students in Schools Act.

Learn more and register here:

2021 Lives in the Balance Children's Mental Health Conference (virtual)

We love seeing how you are #GrowingBetterTogether in your community 🌻. During this back-to-school season, we are working...
08/24/2021

We love seeing how you are #GrowingBetterTogether in your community 🌻. During this back-to-school season, we are working to Grow a Better Tomorrow for All Children—with your help!

Join us and show how you take action in your community by sharing a photo of your own: https://share.preventchildabuse.org/?r=psf

Join us August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick a...
08/23/2021

Join us August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member, Dr. Bruce Perry!

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book, "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing," and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Register for the event: https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

Join us August 31, 4:00–6:00 PM (Central), for a conversation between PCA America president & CEO, Dr. Melissa Merrick and PCA America board member, Dr. Bruce Perry!

The pair will discuss Dr. Perry's new book, "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing," and dive into core issues of this important work for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Register for the event: https://bit.ly/37Xh0QX

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we plant seeds of support for all children to yield healthier adults with abundant futur...
08/20/2021

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we plant seeds of support for all children to yield healthier adults with abundant futures. Get involved and show how you plant
the seeds of support for children in your community here: https://preventchildabuse.org/growing-better-together/
#GrowingBetterTogether

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we plant seeds of support for all children to yield healthier adults with abundant futures. Get involved and show how you plant
the seeds of support for children in your community here: https://preventchildabuse.org/growing-better-together/
#GrowingBetterTogether

We're still in awe of last week's incredible conference! We feel so energized and truly believe that together, we can tr...
08/17/2021

We're still in awe of last week's incredible conference! We feel so energized and truly believe that together, we can transform our tomorrow.

We'd love to hear about your favorite part of #TransformingOurTomorrow! Did you have a session you loved? Let us know in the comments!

We're still in awe of last week's incredible conference! We feel so energized and truly believe that together, we can transform our tomorrow.

We'd love to hear about your favorite part of #TransformingOurTomorrow! Did you have a session you loved? Let us know in the comments!

The last day of #TransformingOurTomorrow has wrapped up! Such a bittersweet feeling.In case you missed it:▪️ Vu Le of No...
08/12/2021

The last day of #TransformingOurTomorrow has wrapped up! Such a bittersweet feeling.

In case you missed it:
▪️ Vu Le of Nonprofit AF delivered his keynote, "A Bolder, Brighter Tomorrow: Unlocking Nonprofits and Philanthropy’s Full Potential to Create an Equitable World," followed by a discussion with Sue Williams of Children's Trust of South Carolina.
▪️ And congratulations to:
🎉 James M. Hmurovich Leadership in Action Award winner: Sue Williams of Children's Trust of South Carolina
🎉 Anne-Cohn Donnelly Child Abuse Prevention Leadership Award winner: Dr. Randal D. Pinkett

We are so thankful for these 3 days of learning that we got to experience with you all!

The last day of #TransformingOurTomorrow has wrapped up! Such a bittersweet feeling.

In case you missed it:
▪️ Vu Le of Nonprofit AF delivered his keynote, "A Bolder, Brighter Tomorrow: Unlocking Nonprofits and Philanthropy’s Full Potential to Create an Equitable World," followed by a discussion with Sue Williams of Children's Trust of South Carolina.
▪️ And congratulations to:
🎉 James M. Hmurovich Leadership in Action Award winner: Sue Williams of Children's Trust of South Carolina
🎉 Anne-Cohn Donnelly Child Abuse Prevention Leadership Award winner: Dr. Randal D. Pinkett

We are so thankful for these 3 days of learning that we got to experience with you all!

Day two of #TransformingOurTomorrow is in the books! In case you missed it:▪️ Dr. Bart Klika, PCA America Research & Str...
08/11/2021

Day two of #TransformingOurTomorrow is in the books! In case you missed it:
▪️ Dr. Bart Klika, PCA America Research & Strategy Officer, welcomed everyone to the second day of learning and discovery.
▪️ Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores delivered her keynote, "Latinx Children’s Well-Being and Flourishing in A Time of Crisis: Moving Forward Amid Complex Challenges," followed by remarks by Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade.
▪️ Lastly, lots of congratulations are needed:
🎉 Healthy Families America Outstanding Supervisor Award winner: Keri Bean
🎉 Healthy Families America Healthy Family America Outstanding Service Award winner: Monica Bustamante
🎉 Parent Graduate of the Year Recognitions: Alyssa & Shane

So many things to be excited about! https://bit.ly/3A7ToG9

Day two of #TransformingOurTomorrow is in the books! In case you missed it:
▪️ Dr. Bart Klika, PCA America Research & Strategy Officer, welcomed everyone to the second day of learning and discovery.
▪️ Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores delivered her keynote, "Latinx Children’s Well-Being and Flourishing in A Time of Crisis: Moving Forward Amid Complex Challenges," followed by remarks by Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade.
▪️ Lastly, lots of congratulations are needed:
🎉 Healthy Families America Outstanding Supervisor Award winner: Keri Bean
🎉 Healthy Families America Healthy Family America Outstanding Service Award winner: Monica Bustamante
🎉 Parent Graduate of the Year Recognitions: Alyssa & Shane

So many things to be excited about! https://bit.ly/3A7ToG9

Day two of #TransformingOurTomorrow and we're loving all the attendee participation! It has been another exciting mornin...
08/11/2021

Day two of #TransformingOurTomorrow and we're loving all the attendee participation!

It has been another exciting morning on our virtual conference platform, and in our virtual photobooth! Here are just a few of the great pictures being shared in celebration of the Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference.

Registered attendees: if you'd like to add a photo of your own and share your conference experience, visit the Photobooth under the 'Extras' tab!

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