Who We Are
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance is a statewide child abuse prevention organization.
Providing education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.
For all children to grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect.
A Bit of History
PFSA has been strengthening families in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years and is a vital community partner in the prevention, intervention, reporting and treatment of child abuse. Our services are designed to help families build a positive environment for children through parenting skills education, support services for families, and training programs for professionals.
In recognition of our success and expertise in the field of child abuse prevention, PFSA was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to create a Mandated Reporter training curriculum for education, childcare, religious and community service professionals. We have since become a leading training resource for professionals responsible for making reports to Child Protective Services. We have also become a leading advocate for much-needed changes to our state’s Child Protective Services Law, particularly in the area of reporting and training requirements for professionals and community volunteers who interact with children.
Structure & Funding
PFSA is led by its President/CEO, a team of specialists, and support staff and a statewide board with broad-based representation from child services, the legal community, healthcare, human services, higher education, and businesses. We are a nonprofit organization, and our operations are funded through a combination of grants, contracts, program services and affiliation fees.
Local Organizational Services
We customize our services to meet the needs of the affiliated organization; these organizations then provide Family Support Programs in their communities. Here are some services that our affiliates enjoy:
- Current information on issues facing the child welfare and abuse prevention community; an organized presence in state government to educate legislators about the needs of the families they serve.
- Organization of special events and awareness campaigns, like the Blue Ribbon campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- A video lending library and book lending library of more than 100 titles each are available to supplement the local Family Support Program meetings and enhance learning.
- A statewide referral program for parents looking for assistance or parenting education.
- Training to increase the skills of staff as group facilitators; this is provided near your office at no charge. Training for childcare staff ensures the best possible program for the whole family. Plus, special sessions of our acclaimed training for mandated reporters are scheduled “for affiliates only.”
- Technical assistance and a variety of marketing materials to help local programs recruit new families. Monthly mailings provide meeting ideas, legislative alerts, and other resources to make the job easier.
- High quality publications – like the “Parenting Primers” and our parenting series on special topics, such as parents in recovery and parents with mental illness – at reduced cost to the affiliated agency.