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Lancaster Online: Keeping Kids Safe in Our Communities

Lancaster County’s youngest citizens are celebrating the end of the school year and the start of summer break. The summer season is a joyful time, but it can raise safety concerns. We all — parents, guardians, neighbors and community members — share the responsibility of ensuring a safe, secure environment in which kids can thrive […]

The Valley Ledger: LINC Announces New Board of Directors Executive Leadership

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — LINC, a nonprofit organization committed to fostering welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities, announced the appointment of four existing board members to leadership roles on its Board of Directors Executive Committee: Marci Lesko, board chair, Scott Blair, vice chair, Joané Hockenbury, secretary, and Edwin Taliaferro, treasurer. These four professionals embody LINC’s mission […]

North Central PA: Nonprofits join together to display child abuse prevention artwork

Area nonprofits recently came together to display artwork created in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The organizations behind the project include Geisinger Unity Group, Susquehanna Valley United Way Parents as Teachers, Columbia County Family Center, and the Nurse-Family Partnership, and the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Children in each participating family painted canvases that […]

Pittsburgh Business Times: Around Town: The Children’s Institute, WFS Fred Rogers Breakfast

On April 20, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh held its “Growing Families Through Adoption” awareness and matching event. It was the 17th such event that The Children’s Institute has hosted, and it welcomed 80 attendees. The Children’s Institute’s Older Child Matching Initiative and the SWAN Services division of its family support services put on the […]

Pennlive: Op-Ed: Screens and social media: the new smoking for our children and youth

The social media revolution has given way to an uprising at the state and federal levels. Now, lawmakers have grappled with how to rein in these companies and the effects their products have on our children and youth. A solution to this problem has been long overdue. Social media and devices are to children and […]

The Gettysburg Times: Local prevention educator named Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids

An Adams County child abuse prevention educator was recently recognized with a Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award by the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA). Crystal Long, a forensic interviewer and the sole child abuse prevention educator from the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (ACCAC), was among four recipients who received the honor at […]

Huntingdon Daily News: Police chief honored with justice award

Huntingdon Borough Police Department Chief of Police Charles T. Streightiff was honored Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) Conference in State College as one of the two 2024 recipients of the John A. Zottola Mental Health and Justice Award. Streightiff is the first law enforcement officer to receive this award. The Pennsylvania […]

WITF: How can we keep kids safe from danger online and at home?

There were 4,992 substantiated reports of child abuse and 60 deaths resulting from abuse in Pennsylvania during 2022. Child abuse in Pennsylvania is defined as when an individual acts or fails to prevent something that causes harm or a high likelihood of harm to a child under the age of 18. This harm can take […]

The Daily Herald: Local receives award for kids’ safety

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce that Kim Saltsman, executive director of the Mount Nittany Health Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of Centre County, received the Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award from the PA Family Support Alliance. Saltsman was recognized during a special ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, PA on April […]

Sullivan County Director of Children & Youth Services earns award for child advocacy

Dushore, Pa. — Sullivan County’s Director of Children & Youth Services has earned a service award for standout care. The Pa. Family Support Alliance (PFSA), the Commonwealth’s leader in child abuse prevention, presented the award to Lisa K. Wilcox. The Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids Award is presented annually to four Pennsylvanians who have greatly contributed […]

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