National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Preview of Events

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and PA Family Support Alliance (PFSA) is committed to promoting awareness and providing education to communities and stakeholders across the commonwealth. Throughout April, PFSA is scheduled to host a variety of activities and events, including its annual flag planting event at the Harrisburg Capitol, a virtual fundraiser to […]

Ending the Stigma Around Child Abuse

A classic stereotype is that men are supposed to be tough, stoic and that they do not talk much—if at all—about abuses that they or those in their family might have faced. This stereotype is often true in the rap and hip-hop community. However, rapper Paul Wall, who was very popular in the mid-2000s recently […]

How to Lookout for Warning Signs of Child Abuse

Seven-year-old Harmony Montgomery has been missing since October of 2019. Her disappearance was reported to police at the end of 2021—over 2 years later. As soon as the authorities were notified, they launched an investigation and recently arrested her father on charges relating to her disappearance, including assault and endangering the welfare of a child. […]

How You Can Help to Prevent Human Trafficking

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and believe it or not, human trafficking—especially the trafficking of children—is a massive problem in the United States. There are many forms of human trafficking such as forced labor, debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced child labor, sex trafficking, and child sex trafficking. And human trafficking is a problem […]

Ways to Help Stop Child Abuse

On December 9, former reality tv star Josh Duggar from the show 19 Kids and Counting, was convicted of being in possession of child pornography and now faces up to 20 years in prison. This guilty verdict shows that no one is above the law and stopping those possessing this type of material is a […]

PFSA’s Look Back at 2021

In April, we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month and typically have our annual PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids ceremony in the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg. Due to COVID-19, this event has looked very different for the past two years. In 2021, we recognized community leaders dedicated to protecting PA children from abuse […]

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 […]

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 […]

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