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Annual Flag Planting

Each year, PFSA staff, members of the PFSA board of directors, volunteers and community members come together to plant flags at the Harrisburg State Capitol in honor of victims of child abuse throughout Pennsylvania. This is a powerful event that reminds us of the work that lies ahead and the role we all have in preventing child abuse. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our event will look a little different. However, the purpose will remain the same – honor the victims of child abuse throughout the Commonwealth and raise awareness for child abuse prevention.

On March 30, 2021, PFSA staff and local board members planted blue flags along the Harrisburg State Capitol in honor of the children who were abused in the previous year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 event was limited to invitation only.

See the photos below from this year’s annual flag planting event.

Harrisburg Flag Planting 2021

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, PA Family Support Alliance (PFSA) honored individuals from across the Commonwealth who went above and beyond the call to #ProtectPAKids from abuse and neglect. These individuals are recognized as Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids for their exceptional contributions and efforts as we strive to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Pennsylvania.

Each week during April, PFSA announced a new Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids. Once announced, each champion was featured on this page, detailing the exceptional work that has been done to receive this esteemed award and title. And that is the foundation of our PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids movement – empowering and inspiring every Pennsylvanian to become vigilant in protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect.

The month of April, and this event, is a reminder that there is much work to be done. Our PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids movement is a call to action to get involved, to strengthen and support families, to watch out for the safety of children in your neighborhood, and to learn how to report child abuse to ChildLine, the state’s 24/7 reporting hotline at 800-932-0313.

Child abuse is a public health crisis. But it is preventable. Each of us must play a role in child protection. Because every child needs a champion.

PFSA’s Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Highlight

The Pa Family Support Alliance has awarded Lauren Lazzari with the Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award. This award is given to five Pennsylvanians who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support and protect Pennsylvania’s children. Lauren works with families to build a sense of community and connects them with resources they might need. She serves as an in-home visitor, educates families on child sexual abuse prevention, and works with them through the reporting process.

The Pa Family Support Alliance has awarded Jeanine Rasky with the Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award. Rasky is newly retired but worked as the System Integration Director for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. In that role, Rasky helped develop and sustain Allegheny County’s unique Youth Support Partner Unit that focuses on hiring young adults who have personal lived experiences with the child welfare system. She has long been known as a champion who advocated for youth and families. 

The Pa Family Support Alliance has awarded Casey Stokes-Rodriguez with the Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award. Stokes-Rodriguez currently serves as a Licensed Social Worker at the Harrisburg School District where she is the School Culture, Climate, and Trauma Resource Specialist. She works to ensure that students have a safe environment and is dedicated to preventing abuse. She provides trauma-informed supports and interventions to high school students and their families, as well as faculty members within the district. 

The Pa Family Support Alliance has awarded Leslie Holt with the Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award. Leslie Holt is the founder and director of A Child’s Light, a non-profit organization that funds the access of mental health treatment for children who have been the victims of sexual assault or have experienced domestic abuse. The organization supports Chester County children and adolescents between the ages of 2-18 years old. Holt is a vocal advocate for children. She has made it her life’s work to ensure that children who are abused receive the necessary resources that help them charter a path towards recovery and healing.

The Pa Family Support Alliance has awarded Lisa Gartner with the Blue-Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award. Lisa investigated and wrote about the abuse accusations at Glenn Mills School. Through Lisa’s work, a spotlight was placed on a dark societal issue, resulting in longer-term systemic change.

2019 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids: Video Highlight

Interactive Data Map

This interactive data map represents child abuse fatality data gathered from the 2019 Annual Child Protective Services Report, which is produced annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (the annual report for 2020 has not yet been finalized). A total of 51 child fatalities were substantiated statewide during 2019. This number is broken down by each county on the map below. 

To view the child abuse fatality data by county, place your cursor over any county on the map. Click on the county to reveal more specific data related to each child fatality, such as age, gender, and type of abuse. 

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