Stepping up: The Rise of Grandparents Raising Grandkids in Pennsylvania

May is Older Americans Month, reminding us of a significant trend that is obvious but not largely discussed. Across Pennsylvania, and the rest of the country, more grandparents than ever are raising their grandkids. Estimates vary on how many grandparents in Pennsylvania are raising their grandkids, but reports indicate that the number is anywhere from […]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024: How PFSA Drew Awareness to #ProtectPAKids

It’s been a busy but amazing April for Pa Family Support Alliance. Now, as April and National Child Abuse Prevention Month draw to a close, we are grateful how our partners and communities used the month to raise awareness around preventing child abuse and neglect. Here are some of the #ProtectPAKids highlights from April: Blue […]

Family Digital Wellness: How HB 2017 Will Protect Kids Online

Social media connects people across the globe, but it can negatively impact the mental health of children. Excessive use of social media platforms among children is linked to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Part of this is the proliferation of cyberbullying, and victims being subjected to harassment and abuse that can have […]

Talking to Children About Racism and Injustices

Children notice and can understand injustices to people at an early age. Therefore, it is important that we start conversations with them about race, racism, and injustices at an early age. They are never too young to model positive relationships with people of all backgrounds. Specific conversations about racism and injustices can – and should […]

Family Digital Wellness: Updates on Social Media Legislation & Lawsuit

2023 was the year that powerful tech companies and their platforms began to be held responsible for their roles in the ongoing youth mental health crisis. Across the country, state attorneys general and school districts filed lawsuits against Meta (parent company of Facebook and Instagram), ByteDance (parent company of TikTok) and Snap, Inc. which operates […]

#ProtectPAKids: Children and the opioid/fentanyl epidemic

A one-year-old in New York City. A 2-year-old in Seattle. A 10-month-old in San Fransisco. All dead from fentanyl overdoses. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain following surgery, has become popular for illicit use for two key reasons: it’s cheaper to make than other opioids […]

#ProtectPAKids: Catching Up with Chief Charles Streightiff

With nominations open for our 2024 Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Awards, the Pa Family Support Alliance team wanted to catch up with a past winner, and one name immediately came to mind: Chief Charles T. Streightiff. The Huntingdon Borough Police Department chief — who was the first law enforcement official to receive this […]

Protecting Kids Online: Bringing Awareness to Senate Bill 22

A Pennsylvania Senate panel this week unanimously approved Senate Bill 22, which sets conditions for minors using social media. If adopted by the General Assembly, SB22 would: SB22 was sponsored by Sens. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) in May 2022. The PFSA team has been monitoring this issue, and we have been out […]

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