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CBS 21: Thousands of flags outside Capitol represent kids abused in PA 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  This month is a time to demonstrate the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.  The Capitol building is glowing in blue to raise awareness and PA Family Support Alliance, or PFSA is placing thousands of flags in the ground along State […]

Fox 43 WPMT: More than 5,000 blue flags, ribbons will be planted in Harrisburg for National Child Abuse Prevention Month 

Over 5,000 blue flags and ribbons will be planted in Harrisburg, from the banks of the Susquehanna River to all the way along State Street, for National Child Abuse Prevention Month on Tuesday morning.  Each of the 5,036 blue flags represents a substantiated case of child abuse in Pennsylvania in 2022.   The flag and […]

Penn Live: Blue flags planted to raise awareness of child abuse prevention month 

Thousands of little blue ribbon flags are lining State Street in Harrisburg in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Each flag symbolizes a child who experienced a substantiated case of abuse in 2021. According to the state Department of Human Services, there were 5,036 substantiated cases of child abuse that year, including 58 fatalities […]

Capitol Wire: PA Family Support Alliance: PA Family Support Alliance to host blue ribbon flag planting on State Street, Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids ceremony at Capitol

Join child advocates at the Capitol as they raise awareness about child abuse prevention.  WHAT: PA Family Support Alliance (PFSA), widely recognized as the leading expert on child protection and child abuse prevention in Pennsylvania, will host its outdoor flag planting and annual Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday, […]

CBS 21: Some families are at risk of entering the child welfare system due to impacts of inflation

Inflation continues to rattle families across the country. However, for some who were already facing poverty, their family is being faced with the foster care system.  Tri County Community Action serves Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties.  Director of early childhood and family development at Tri County, Sheila Deer, said they’ve seen an increase in the […]

Patriot-News: Op-ed: Prioritize your family’s digital wellness this holiday season

The holiday season presents parents with unique challenges. From festive celebrations like office parties, holiday light displays, last-minute shopping trips, and concerts, most families’ schedules are jam-packed with activities right now. After navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, the hectic pace of the current holiday season, is for many, a welcome return to normalcy. However, this […]

CBS 21: New ‘Don’t Gamble with Kids’ campaign takes aim at growing problem at PA casinos

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa— The number of kids being left in cars outside of Pennsylvania casinos has nearly doubled in 2022 compared to 2021. Data from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows since the start of 2022, there has been 269 incidents involving 441 minors, with 68 under the age of six, left unattended in the […]

On the Pulse: Staffing crisis strains child services in Pa., officials say Lycoming County in good shape

As reports of child abuse rise throughout Pennsylvania and across the country, low staff and high turnover rates make providing social services to these children an ever-increasing challenge, according to state and local experts. “I’ve never seen staffing as bad as it is right now,” said Brian Bornman, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Children and Youth […]

PA Newsmakers (Video): Challenges of Raising Children in the Digital Age

Justin Donofrio, Prevention Services Manager for the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, joined host Terry Madonna to discuss the challenges of raising children in the digital age, and a resource on how to keep children safe. From PA Newsmakers, October 30, 2022

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