Now more than ever, we need to band together in collective ways that help our families and children thrive. Too often, our society thinks of raising healthy children as a parent or caregiver’s responsibility alone. In reality, we all benefit when groups of people work together to collectively care for children.
Research shows that positive childhood experiences grow thriving families and communities. This is the moment to build a child and family well-being system that propels families to grow and thrive together. Please join us to ensure safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are cultivated to enable children, families, and entire communities to succeed – today and for generations to come.
For reporters, members of the media, and others who are interested in interviewing subject-matter experts, requesting a quote or statement, or looking for specialized resources, please contact PCA Georgia’s Director of Communication and Media, E. Lane Gresham, [email protected].
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Jennifer Stein, MBA, Executive Director
For the past decade Jennifer Stein has led child abuse and neglect prevention efforts at the community, state, and national level. As the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, she works collaboratively to re-envision the child welfare system to that of a whole family support system.
Areas of Expertise: Collective Impact, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Family Supervised Visitation, Home Visiting and Parent Education
Jyll Walsh, DrPH, MPH, Assistant Director
Dr. Walsh approaches child abuse prevention through a public health lens, centering her work around social determinates of health and wellbeing. She has over a decade of experience educating, researching, implementing, and communicating on child abuse prevention.
Areas of Expertise: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Strategies and Policies, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Protective Factors, Reducing Physical Discipline, Economic Justice, Poverty Education, Mandated Reporting
E. Lane Gresham, Director of Communications & Media
As the Director of Communications and Media for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. E. Lane Gresham is responsible for expanding the reach and influence of PCA Georgia’s primary prevention messaging.
She is a respected public relations expert with experience in education, journalism, local government, downtown development, and community building.
Areas of Expertise: Multiplatform Storytelling, Public Relations, Nonprofit Management, Fundraising, Event Planning, Writing, Photography, Social Media
Kimberly Stewart-Lucas, Training & Resource Coordinator
Providing resources for communities is a passion for Kimberly Stewart-Lucas, and as the Training and Resource Coordinator for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, she fulfills that through her work with Find Help Georgia and other resourceful training. Helping families thrive with the resources and tools they need is truly her why in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention.
Areas of Expertise: Find Help Georgia, Resource Navigation, Mandated Reporting, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Kendra Cole, MPA, Strengthening Families Georgia Coordinator
As a dedicated advocate for family welfare and well-being, Kendra Cole works closely with stakeholders to drive policy reform in areas such as family advocacy, education equity, child abuse prevention, and socioeconomic stability. With years of experience, she focuses on implementing evidence-informed approaches and strives to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
Area of Expertise: Child & Family Advocacy, Protective Factors, Family Strengthening, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Education, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Welfare Well-being, Socio-Economic Stability
Beth Florence, MSW, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan Coordinator
.As the program coordinator for Georgia’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP), Beth strives to expand the understanding of prevention as a collective responsibility focused on the whole family. When Georgia’s families are healthy, Georgia’s children are healthy.
Areas of Expertise: Child Advocacy, Collective Impact, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
1. Commit to sharing success stories of families in your coverage area – there are thousands of Georgians who have
overcome barriers to provide loving, nurturing homes for their children. Those stories warrant coverage.
2. Get news and updates from Prevent Child Abuse Georgia by subscribing to our newsletters. Follow PCA Georgia on social media.
3. Provide coverage of the activities, programs, outreach events, etc., hosted by Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and local PCA Georgia councils.
4. Encourage on-air talent to wear a pinwheel lapel pin during Child Abuse Prevention Month and/or especially on Wear Blue Day. Pinwheels, the national symbol for child abuse prevention, also make great backgrounds for outdoor weather segments during April.
5. When reporting on child abuse or neglect cases, include solution-based information on prevention strategies such as the Strengthening Families Protective Factors™ and link to additional resources from our website.
6. Invite PCA Georgia leadership to record a PSA or write an Op-Ed to build awareness.
7. Incorporate prevention tips and resources, like FindHelpGA.org, into news segments when appropriate. Consider being a media partner – we can promote your organization on our website and social media.
8. Consider publishing, airing, or recording a series on proven strategies that prevent child maltreatment from ever occurring.
9. Add PCA Georgia Director of Communications & Media E. Lane Gresham to your contacts at [email protected]; reach out to schedule interviews. PCA Georgia staff members are available for interviews/quotes or to provide background on state and federal policies like prohibiting corporal punishment in schools, increasing funding for prevention, and more. We are also available to brainstorm on how you can make the connection between a news story and preventable solutions.