Children need stable and nurturing relationships and environments for healthy development. It takes parents, caregivers and RESOURCES to make that happen.
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is proud to announce the launch of the 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline companion tool. Find supportive programs near you on the interactive map! This tool contains over 3,000 organizations and programs around the state that support families.View Resource Map Tip Sheet Register Here
Civic Dinners Webinar
Presenter: Jenn Graham, Founder and CEO of Civic Dinners
As a part of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month 2018, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia has partnered with the Prevention and Community Support Section of DFCS, in inviting organizations across Georgia to host Civic Dinners on the topic of ‘Nurturing Communities’ to bring more people into conversation around creating safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children.
Civic Dinners is a civic engagement platform that uses technology to bring diverse voices to the table for face-to-face conversations that matter. Join Jenn Graham, Founder and CEO of Civic Dinners, as she discusses the concept behind Civic Dinners and how you can host your own Civic Dinners on Nurturing Communities.
Engaging Communities of Faith in Child Abuse Prevention Month
Presenters: Pamela Perkins Carn, Coordinator of Interfaith Children’s Movement and Naeshia McDowell, Program Coordinator of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide
Presenters: Tiffany Sawyer, Director of Prevention Services at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy and Julia Neighbors, Director of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
Schools and youth-serving organizations are in a unique position to help youth shape positive attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that work to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation. The Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force, led by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, released Georgia’s Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation Prevention Technical Assistance Resource Guide in 2017 to specifically address child sexual abuse and exploitation within the sexual violence continuum. Specifically, the guide discusses how communities can engage in prevention strategies to improve the health and well-being of their youth population.
Join Julia Neighbors from PCA Georgia and Tiffany Sawyer from the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as they provide background on principles of prevention, developing a prevention plan, age appropriate teaching suggestions, analysis of specific child-focused prevention programs, and guidelines for the implementation and evaluation of a child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention program.
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Intersection of CSEC Victims and Gangs: How Do We Learn From Survivors to Prevent Future Victims?
Presenter: Latera Davis, Director of Victim and Volunteer Services at the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Objective: The purpose of this presentation is to educate and raise awareness on the impact of sexual exploitation of girls within gangs. The link between child maltreatment, sex trafficking and gangs will be explored. Finally, this presentation will discuss criminal street gang culture and the emerging trend of domestic minor sex trafficking being used as a means to exploit girls and support criminal related activities.View Presentation Slides View Recorded Webinar
February 21, 2017
Planning for Child Abuse Prevention Month
Objective: Understand how to re-frame the discussion around child maltreatment from extreme media coverage and statistics into positive community action and advocacy during legislative session in Georgia.
Presenters: Jyll Walsh, Program Coordinator at Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and Polly McKinney, Advocacy Director at Voices for Georgia’s Children
Jyll Walsh received her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavior in 2014. While at Georgia State, she completed research with the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development on child maltreatment. Prior to Georgia State, Jyll completed her BS at University of Georgia and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Currently she works as the Program Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.
Polly McKinney has worked for more than two decades in communications, film and video production, advocacy, and policy development, much of her work supporting the objectives of non-profit organizations that focus on social services and education. She was a legacy advisor for former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller and worked for national and statewide political ad campaigns.Previously, she has served as executive director for the League of Women Voters of Georgia and communications director for the Southern States Energy Board. She currently serves as the advocacy director for Voices for Georgia’s Children, an organization that supports the implementation of health, justice, welfare and education policies beneficial to children.
January 26, 2017
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia partnered with Professional Excellence in this unique Ask the Expert session.
Experts featured are Darrell Green (Professional Excellence Program and father), Clinton Boyd Jr.(SafeCare and father), and Shannon Self-Brown (Associate Director for Research & Development in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center) in an interactive and open dialogue about what it means to not only “Identify” fathers, but how to engage and involve them in a partnership, by helping them firmly establish a relationship with their children.
Child Abuse Prevention Month 2016
Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month) is the perfect time to invite new individuals, organizations or unusual partners to join the efforts to prevent child maltreatment locally or on a bigger scale. Child maltreatment has been universally accepted by the general population as being a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Though the media has done well to propagate abuse statistics and expose people to the most severe case reports, it has failed to provide information about what can be done to help decrease the likelihood of a child ever being harmed.
Studies have determined it is difficult to engage the general public in a conversation about child abuse and neglect for several reasons including the following:
- Abuse is considered to be a very individual and private act, or even a family matter.
- People feel like it doesn’t affect them—it’s more of an individual issue instead of a societal problem.
- Campaigns featuring children tend to elicit a greater emotional response, therefore, people are more likely to donate money to these types of programs as opposed to programs focused on primary prevention
CAP Month and Pinwheels for Prevention should be used as conversation starters between individuals or for a community to discuss resources in your area or how to link parents with support and education. This webinar will detail how to turn the conversation to prevention and how you can engage different community members in these efforts.
Understand how to re-frame the discussion around child maltreatment from extreme media coverage and statistics into positive community action.
Moving Upstream… Prevention Efforts in the Face of Increased Workloads and Decreased Funding
Gain a better understanding of prevention strategies available in Georgia by attending this webinar presented by staff from the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This webinar will discuss building prevention programs in communities and organizations, dealing with implementation, cost and sustainability, and partnering with other organizations. This presentation will also address barriers and give specific examples of successful low cost prevention initiatives.
When: April 20, 1 pm- 3 pm
Child Fatality Review: Trends and Prevention Recommendations
Following the release of the 2013 Child Fatality Report (CFR), PCA GA along with Arleymah Gray, a Child Fatality Prevention Specialist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is hosting a FREE WEBINAR to discuss trends and prevention recommendations from the 2013 CFR report.
February 19, 1 pm- 2:30pmRegister for Safe Sleep Webinar Feb 24. CFR Webinar Recording CFR Webinar Slides Safe to Sleep Public Educational Campaign 2013 Georgia Child Fatality Report
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!!!
The Link between Healthy Couple Relationships, Parenting, and Child Abuse Prevention.
Thursday, February 12, 2015, 10 am – 12 pm
A healthy couple and co-parenting relationship is linked to more positive parenting, more stable families, and healthier children. Dr. Ted Futris, Family Life Extension Specialist and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia, will provide a context for understanding the core attributes and skills demonstrated in healthy couple relations. These skills can facilitate the development of three of the five research-based protective factors outlined by Strengthening Families Georgia: parental resilience, social connections, and social and emotional competence of children. Webinar participants will develop an awareness of free or low-cost resources available to support adults in developing these skills.View Training Schedule
Schramm, D., Futris, T. G., Galovan, A. M., & Allen, K. (2013). Is relationship and marriage education relevant and appropriate to child welfare? Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (3), 429-438. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.12.013
Prevention and Considerations for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Monday November 10th, 10:30 a.m.
Our November webinar will be presented by Christina Mahoney, LCSW, who serves as the Intake and Assessment Specialist for Access Home-Based Services for ChildKind Inc. Participants will learn resources available to prevent maltreatment of special needs children as well as identify barriers for families to obtain needed resources.
Early Neglect and the Brain: Promoting Healthy Development
August 28th at 1 p.m.
Dr. Diane W. Bales, who is a Human Development Specialist and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia presented this webinar. Child abuse and neglect trigger a biological stress response that can damage key areas of the brain. Preventing child maltreatment and promoting Better Brains for Babies is essential to healthy brain development.Early Neglect and the Brain Early Neglect and the Brain Slides
Parent Café: Core Elements
June 16 at 1:30 p.m.
In this webinar, Sheltering Arms Georgia Training Institute Director/Vice President, Diane Bellem, provided an overview of the core elements of Parent Café. Parent Café is an innovative process for building the protective factors that keep families strong. These protective factors help mitigate the negative impact of trauma. Additionally, Parent Café builds social ties and uses empathy to decrease the impact of trauma. Relationship building among parents is the heart of the ParentCafé. Positive social connections is one of the Protective Factors that’s explicitly taught through the Parent Café.
For slides and handouts from this webinar:Parent Café Slides Café-to-Go Quotes Sample Invitation Presentation