By Tanvi Kulkarni, PCA Georgia Graduate Research Assistant
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is proud to spotlight the work of its local councils and commends PCA Greater Augusta for its innovative efforts to support primary prevention strategies.
Prevent Child Abuse Greater Augusta is one of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia’s prevention partners. Under the leadership of Caitlyn Brantley, PCA Greater Augusta is an organization dedicated to providing a voice and a path forward for local children who have experienced abuse or neglect in the Central Savannah River Area. The council was established in 1978; Brantley has been with the organization since January 2022.
One recent achievement for the council was the hosting of its first-ever child abuse prevention conference for area professionals and community members.
According to Brantley, the conference was a resounding success, attracting 116 attendees. The conference educated and empowered participants, enabling them to protect children and support families within the community.
Brantley said measuring the success of their programming is crucial to the council. In the case of the conference, success was determined by the number of participants in attendance and the feedback gathered through evaluations, she said.
“The positive response from the conference inspired more individuals to register and actively participate in the council’s subsequent meetings, indicating the positive impact of the work,” Brantley added.
Aligned with PCA Georgia’s statewide mission, cultivating thriving families is at the heart of PCA Greater Augusta’s mission, driven by the belief that just one supportive individual in a child’s life can make a significant difference.
By providing the necessary support and connections, the council aims to improve the lives of many children. This dedication to this shared cause is motivated by the belief that every child deserves a chance to thrive. Through a commitment to child welfare and its impactful initiatives, PCA Greater Augusta continues to play a vital role in addressing and preventing child abuse and neglect in the Central Savannah River area. These efforts serve as a beacon of hope and support for children and families in need, emphasizing the importance of a united community in safeguarding the well-being of its most vulnerable members.