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October – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence can happen in any home, in any neighborhood, to any family or child. Domestic violence has historically increased during pandemics and economic crises, two issues families and children currently face. Recognizing domestic violence is crucial to providing support to the children who are impacted. A partner […]

October – National Bullying Prevention Month

Children who are bullied may feel helpless, fear retaliation or backlash from reporting bullying, and may think they are socially isolated from receiving support. Indicators of bullying can include: Declining grades/attention in the classroom Changes in regular habits and routines, including eating and getting ready in the morning Difficulty sleeping or experiences with nightmares Avoidance […]

September – National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month, an observance of the importance of accessible mental health services to those in need of substance use treatment. The 2021 national theme for recovery month is “recovery is for everyone: every person, every family, every community.”  We started the Families in Recovery program to provide families touched by addiction with […]

CBCAP Spotlight: Beginnings, Inc.

When COVID-19 took hold in the country, businesses and service providers were forced to quickly assimilate operations. While our Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) network has evolved over the years, we continued making changes during the past year as we shifted activities online to meet the needs of CBCAP members by providing resources, offering network […]

Back-to-School Safety Tips

As summer ends and the start of the school year nears, it is important that all parents, caregivers, and school personnel remind themselves of several back-to-school safety tips that will help ensure Pennsylvania’s children thrive in a positive school environment. This includes an awareness of your child’s transportation needs, in-school needs, and out-of-school behavior. We […]

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. After being formally recognized in 2008, this month was designated to bring awareness to the challenges of underrepresented groups related to mental health. Specifically, Black, Indigenous People, and People of Color face unique struggles when it comes to mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental […]

Staff Spotlight: Justin Donofrio

Justin Donofrio, our Program Services Manager, has been with our organization for nearly one year. Justin started working with us in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was uniquely prepared to transition into his new role.   “My onboarding process was very unique because we were in the middle of the pandemic but […]

Talking to Your Children when a Parent is Incarcerated

Approximately 81,096 Pennsylvania children have a parent incarcerated in a state prison, making up 3 percent of all children in the Commonwealth according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.  Nationwide, approximately 1.7 million children have an incarcerated parent. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections also reports: 1 in 7 children living in poverty have an incarcerated […]

Integrating Absent Family Members

Integrating, or reintegrating, absent family members into your family or child’s life can be difficult and present emotional challenges for your family. Your child’s emotional and physical wellbeing is paramount in any situation where a family member has been absent and is being reintegrated into the family dynamics once again. As we know, sometimes in […]

The Importance of National Mental Health Awareness Month for Children

May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when we all need to be unified in our support of individuals who struggle with a mental health concern. One out of every five adults will experience a mental health concern at some point in their lives, and that is why speaking up and talking about […]

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