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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 events to raise awareness and provide education on child abuse prevention in Pennsylvania. Some events are schedule, while others are ongoing throughout the month. Our goal is to engage our partners through multiple forums to provide relevant information, resources, and support that strengthens Pennsylvania’s efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. We invite you to connect with us throughout the month of April to learn more about what can be done and how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community and across the commonwealth. Please consider joining us this April to #ProtectPAKids!
Annual Flag Planting
On April 1, 2022, PFSA staff, local board members, and volunteers planted blue flags along the Harrisburg State Capitol in honor of the children who were abused in the previous year. Check out the Annual Flag Planting section to learn more and view photos from the event.
Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids
Throughout April, PFSA will virtually 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. Check out the Blue Ribbon Champions section throughout the month to view information about the award winners.
Spotlight Speaker Series: Virtual Speaker Event
PFSA will host its second iteration of the educational speaker series event titled the Spotlight Speaker Series. This speaker series hosts experts who provide relevant, innovative, and timely presentations on topics related to child abuse prevention and neglect. Check out the Spotlight Speakers Series section to learn more and register for each speaking event.
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.
PFSA invites you to participate in our second annual Blue Ribbon Virtual Fundraiser. This virtual fundraiser provides individuals and groups with an opportunity to donate a digital blue ribbon in honor of child abuse victims, or their very own Blue Ribbon Champion. Check out the Virtual Fundraiser section to view the interactive platform and to donate.
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.
Painting for Prevention
PFSA is collaborating with its CBCAP Network to host a virtual, statewide Painting for Prevention program activity. This is the first time the Painting for Prevention program will be held virtually and statewide. The goal is to share this activity on social media to show unity in preventing child abuse and neglect across Pennsylvania. Check out PFSA’s social media throughout April to see this program in action!
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.
On April 1, 2022, PFSA staff, local board members, and volunteers planted blue flags along the Harrisburg State Capitol in honor of the children who were abused in the previous year. Blue flags represent the total number of substantiated cases of abuse (4,593) and black flags represent the number of child fatalities from abuse (73). This event was held by invitation only, but the public will have the opportunity to engage with us during this event via social media. We encourage everyone to share photos and posts from this event to help kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
See the photos below from last year’s annual flag planting event in Harrisburg, PA.
Harrisburg Flag Planting 2022
In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 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.
Each week during April, PFSA will announce a new Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids. Once announced, each champion will be 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.
2022 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids: Award Winners
A special thanks to our judges for the 2022 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids event – Thank You!!!
- Carolyn Serva, Family Connection of Easton (formerly)
- Janine Fortney, Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Jennifer Crane, Centre County Youth Service Bureau
- Kelly Lyons, Luzerne County Head Start
- Leslie Holt, A Child’s Light
2021 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids: Award Winners
2019 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids: Video Highlight
PFSA is excited to host its second annual Spotlight Speaker Series as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month! We invite you to join us for this virtual speaker event scheduled throughout the month of April, where expert speakers from the field deliver relevant, innovative, and timely presentations on topics that focus on child abuse prevention education.
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. Speakers will share their expertise from the field highlighting detailed information, evidence, and data related to each topic.
Registration is FREE and CEUs, CLEs, and Act 48 credits are available for anyone attending the live speaker sessions.
Spotlight Speaker Series Schedule
April 6, 2022 10am
- Kristen Shook Slack PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Session Title: Preventing Child Maltreatment Using an Ecological and Strengths-Based Lens
- Session Summary: During this session, Dr. Kristen Slack will draw upon her research in Wisconsin and across the country to present strategies for using a strength-based and ecologically-focused lens in preventing child maltreatment.
April 14, 2022 1pm
- Lauren Mendoza, Boston’s Children’s Hospital – Digital Wellness Lab
- Session Title: Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU): Gaming, Social Media, & More
- Session Summary: This session will cover the treatment of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU) cases through a child abuse prevention lens: including crisis management strategies, ways to educate patients and families, and the involvement of additional services/resources in collaborative care.
April 20, 2022 1pm
- Kaysie Getty & Elliott Hinkle, Center for the Study of Social Policy
- Session Title: Youth Thrive: Innovative Ways to Partner with Young People
- Session Summary: During this session participants will be introduced to the Youth Thrive™ framework which is currently in use across the country in child welfare, homelessness systems, as well as other youth-serving and youth-led advocacy organizations.
April 27, 2022 1pm
- Marc Berkman, Organization for Social Media Safety
- Session Title: Social Media Safety: Emerging Risks & Community-Based Responses
- Session Summary: Session participants will be provided with an overview of the major social media-related risks that threaten children with a strong focus on new and emerging risks that are developing, and how to develop community-based responses to help prevent or address to these threats.
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
PFSA invites you to participate in our second annual Blue Ribbon Virtual Fundraiser. This fundraiser provides individuals and groups with an opportunity to donate a digital blue ribbon in honor of child abuse victims, or their very own Blue Ribbon Champion. Each digital blue ribbon donated will be automatically displayed on the Pennsylvania map in real-time to reflect the support and progress of the fundraiser. The goal is to fill the entire state map with blue ribbons!
The Blue Ribbon Virtual Fundraiser will be accessible all throughout the month of April. Please consider donating a digital blue ribbon to invest in the education, training, and resources provided to families and professionals who are committed to preventing child abuse in Pennsylvania. Your contributions will go directly to the support and delivery of PFSA programs.
There remains much more work to do and we need your help to #ProtectPAKids. Your gifts and contributions are greatly appreciated.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Painting for Prevention – A Statewide Project
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, PFSA is collaborating with its CBCAP Network to host a virtual, statewide Painting for Prevention activity. This is the first time the Painting for Prevention program will be held virtually and statewide, and it only makes sense that the CBCAP Network is at the center of this new twist on the program!
CBCAP Network agencies will receive painting canvases with a PFSA-produced ‘Prevention Symbol’ printed on the canvases. Paints and paint brushes will also be provided along with instructions. The goal is for CBCAP Network agencies to use the canvases to connect with their local community while participating in a statewide Painting for Prevention activity. Everyone who paints a canvas will be encouraged to share their work of art virtually on social media using #ProtectPAKids to show unity in preventing child abuse and neglect across Pennsylvania.
Check out PFSA’s social media throughout April to see this program in action!