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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pa Family Support Alliance (PFSA) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and is committed to working with professionals, families, and communities across Pennsylvania to advocate and educate for the prevention child abuse and neglect. Through collective and strategic partnerships, we believe that communities can be strengthened to help protect children and support families.

Throughout April PFSA will host several events and activities during the month of April to call attention to the prevalence of child abuse and how private organizations, public entities, and individuals can work together to prevent and stop it.

Children are our most precious resource, and they deserve to be loved and protected and grow up in an environment that is free from abuse and neglect. That is why we have designed all our events and activities to not only elevate the ongoing work that our organization and child advocates are undertaking but also educate attendees and participants so that they leave feeling empowered to protect Pennsylvania’s children.

From hosting in-person events to engaging with various communities across the commonwealth to sponsoring virtual speakers, we invite you to work with us and help #ProtectPAKids!

Click Here to View the 2023 Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation


Annual Flag Planting

On April 4th, PFSA will once again sponsor this in-person event. From Front Street to the steps of the Capitol, PFSA staff, board of directors, statewide and local advocates, officials and corporate supporters will plant 5,036 Blue Flags to represent the number of substantiated child abuse cases and 58 black flags to represent the number of child deaths due to child abuse in Pennsylvania over one year.


Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids & the Blue Ribbon Campaign

The symbol for child abuse prevention is the Blue Ribbon. PFSA will honor Blue Ribbon Champions from across the Commonwealth who have gone the extra mile to protect PA children. These individuals are recognized for their exceptional contributions as we continue to make every effort to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Pennsylvania. Legislative leadership, elected and appointed officials of the 2023 incoming administration will join us in recognizing our Blue Ribbon Champions!


Turn Pennsylvania Blue

Blue is the national symbolic color of child abuse prevention. PFSA will call on Pennsylvania-based reporters, on-air media personalities, celebrities, influencers, and elected officials to “Turn Pennsylvania Blue” on April 4th. Although April 4th is Go Blue Day, every day in April is a great day for sporting the color blue.


Spotlight Speaker: Virtual Speaker Event

PFSA will host a nationally renowned child abuse prevention expert present to speak to attendees in a live, virtual setting. This expert will provide relevant, innovative and timely information about child neglect. The topic addressed will support the career development of individuals who work in this field.


Children’s Memorial & Data Map

PFSA will display child abuse and neglect data from Pennsylvania’s statewide report on an interactive map accompanied by memorial video honoring the children who were lost due to child abuse and neglect. Check out the Children’s Memorial section to view this information and video.


Engaging in Various Communities Across the Commonwealth

PFSA will work directly with individuals and child welfare organizations, like county children and youth service agencies, across the state on local activities that will publicly raise awareness about abuse prevention. By working together at a grassroots level, PFSA believes that all of us will be stronger together and better equipped to combat the future needs of our children.


CBCAP Network

PFSA’s Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Network is a diverse group of local organizations providing a wide range of prevention services and programs to anyone who may be in a parenting or caregiver role. Check out the CBCAP Network section to learn more about this powerful network.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which serves as a reminder that there is much work to be done to help protect our children. 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.

Each April, Pa Family Support Alliance (PFSA) honors individuals from across the Commonwealth who go 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. PFSA is excited to honor four distinguished individuals in 2023 as Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids.

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. If you suspect abuse, report it to ChildLine, the state’s 24/7 reporting hotline at 800-932-0313.


2023 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids: Award Winners

Jessica Crouse
Community Educator

Over the Rainbow Child Advocacy Center

Michelle McDyre
Director of Prevention Education & Outreach

Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

Christina Roland
Director of Intake Services

Cumberland County Children and Youth Services

Charles Thomas Streightiff
Chief of Police

Huntingdon Borough Police Department

A special thanks to our judges for the 2023 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids event – Thank You!!!

  • Robin Boyer, Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency
  • Terry Clark, Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services (PCCYFS)
  • Chris Kirchner, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania
  • Deborah Willett, Coatesville Center for Community Health

PFSA is excited to host its annual Spotlight Speaker Series as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month! We invite you to join us for this virtual speaker event scheduled for April, where we have invited a nationally renowned child abuse prevention expert present to speak to attendees in a live, virtual setting. This expert will provide relevant, innovative and timely information about child neglect. The topic addressed will support the career development of individuals who work in this field.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of child abuse prevention efforts across systems and to educate other professionals on the impact that child abuse prevention can have for individuals, organizations, systems, and communities.

Registration is FREE and CEUs, CLEs, and Act 48 credits are available for anyone attending the live speaker session.


2023 Spotlight Speaker Schedule: COMING SOON!



Interactive Data Map (2022)

This interactive data map represents child abuse fatality data gathered from the 2020 Annual Child Protective Services Report, which is produced annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (the annual report for 2021 has not yet been finalized). A total of 73 child fatalities and 115 near fatalities due to child abuse were substantiated statewide during 2020. 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 the number of substantiated cases, fatalities, and near fatalities for that county.  


Lost Children’s Memorial Video

At the center of PFSA’s mission sits the family-serving, community-based organizations across Pennsylvania that we have had the privilege to partner with over the years. The Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Network is a diverse network of local organizations, providing a wide range of prevention services and programs to anyone who may be in a parenting or caregiver role.

These partnering organizations create a strong and united statewide network that, together, promotes positive, safe, and healthy family development within the local communities. PFSA is proud to provide support and resources for this network year after year, including professional development opportunities, technical assistance, programming expansion, and a variety of resources for local families and communities. This ongoing relationship helps to create a positive impact on caregivers, families, and children all across the commonwealth.

PFSA works with individual CBCAP agencies on a variety of collaborative projects, virtual programming, relevant publications, and resources, as well as remote learning webinars and training opportunities. All of this effort supports the pathway toward a safe and healthy future for Pennsylvania families and children.

If you are a community-based agency with a focus on supporting families and preventing child abuse, PFSA invites you to learn more about the CBCAP Network and the opportunity to partner. Click the document to the right to gain insights on the work ahead, membership benefits, and how you can get involved. To submit an interest form for joining PFSA’s CBCAP Network, click here.

If you have any questions regarding PFSA’s CBCAP Network, contact our Program Services Manager, Justin Donofrio, at jdonofrio@pafsa.org.

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Annual Flag Planting


Harrisburg Flag Planting 2022

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