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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit, Youth Development

Mission: To prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation''s children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 95,000 families.

Programs: Healthy Families America, which is a voluntary home visiting program that strives to provide all expectant and new parents with the opportunity to receive the education and support they need at the time their baby is born.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Prevent Child Abuse America is a great organization that does so much to help kids in need!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a parent and former child of child abuse, I have been glad to know of the PCA organization. I have been interested in the organization for years and have attended some of their functions for children and parents over the past 5 years. I have enjoyed and been glad for what they do in raising awareness in helping children and parents dealing with this serious matter. I have been an advocate since my first child 13 years ago. This organization is great in that it opens up the heart of people to help children who have no voice or a little one that is not strong enough. More support is needed to raise up the voices and shout out in a good way to solve as many child abuse problems as we can being that there is so many hidden, unreported, or lost situations. Prevent Child Abuse America is awesome in my eyes.

1 Phil G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Prevent Child Abuse America is a recognized leader in the field of preventing child abuse and neglect. They have proven outcomes in strengthening families by promoting positive parent-child interaction. They support a nationwide network of programs aimed at breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect. Their model is comprehensive and the training they offer promotes professional development. Thousands of at-risk families benefit from the work of Prevent Child Abuse America. Phil Gordon, Ph.D.

1 Jennifer John R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The importance of education and awareness to assist children at risk is something that Prevent Child Abuse America does on many levels from outreach and facebook to politacal action. They know that educating others on the small things they can do to make a big diffence in a childs life. I value their voice and courage.

1 Carol51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've posted two other times advising of my experience with child abuse and to say that my funds are next to none. However, I would be happy to work with children and/or adults that suffer from residual effects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

PCAA is a very active non-profit with satellite programs in every state (that I know of). They are always willing to help support and offer training to other agencies and are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I spent thirty two years as an abuse and neglect administrator for one of the largest public agency in the country. I also during twenty years of that period was an individual and family therapist often working with abused or neglected children and their families. After retiring I became an advocate as in 20 states it is still legal to punish children in school with wooden paddles. Corporal punishment in school and in homes abounds. I wrote three published articles on this subject. Two years ago I went to the Prevent Child Abuse America Conference in Milwaukee and they were very helpful to my cause. Also they just started a PCAA in Pennsylvania my home state. I wish to ask everyone to support HR 3027 in Committee now by Rep Carolyn McCathy to make corporal punishment in schools illegal in the 19 states where it is permitted. It occurs mostly to autistic and minority children and there have been countless serious injuries. She tried before to pass this bill but there were not enough Congress people or advocates pushing for it . This is something concrete that we can all support and it will make systemic changes if passed. I believe if PCAA backs this in a powerful way changes can be made as not enough advocates have been heard from on this issue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am passionate about Child abuse prevention and Child Protection. I managed the Child Protection program with the California Department of Justice. In 2007 I produced a report on the efficacy of the program that clearly showed that the incidents of Child Abuse in California that are substantiated are reported to the Chikdl Abuse Central Index (CACI in less than 20% of the cases. My attempts to bring about reform were met with absolute resistance by ever stake holder from private non profits to the State Legislature to the Department of Social Services to to the Attorney General (Jerry Brown). The "Stake Holders" are opnly interested in enhancing their own bureacracy and care little about actually providing protection for Children. If anyone in your organizartion or anyone reading this is interested in my documentation let me know. From my view millions is spent and virtually nothing accomplished. The outcome is by design. I have no direct experience with your oprganization but sp[ent 3 years and an enormous amount of personal time and accomplished nothing

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCA staff were knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. It was easy to want to get involved and to want to stay involved since the cause was good and events being carried out were helpful and relevant to communities. There are many ways to get involved and they will value your time.

1 Talking about It

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of Child Abuse. I was abused beginning at age 5 until I was 15 years of age. My abuser was my step-father. My mother was aware. During the course of my abuse i had over ten abortions, birthed a child and was physically, sexually and emotionally abused over the years. When my step-father stop abusing me, he began abusing my other sisters. When I began talking about my abuse and dealing with it publicly, i endured rejection from family. I was 45 when I confronted my abuser. 48 when I went public and discussed the abuse, the curse with my adult children. I realized I needed counseling, I called the United Way and they directed me to organizations that provided the counseling and support I needed. There are a lot of me's out here, we are grandparents, parents, mothers, brothers and sisters, if we don't talk about it we don't heal. Please support United Way, they made a difference in my life

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ineffective and cruel parenting is the most obvious cause of child abuse and neglect. Indeed, child maltreatment is a parenting problem first and foremost. Thus services to enhance, improve, and remediate ineffective parenting are the most obvious interventions to both prevent and treat child abuse.The California-based Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) recognized this when it was founded in 1974 and all of its services and programs have been devoted to preventing abuse through training and educating parents. In addition, CICC also recognized that none of the parenting skill-building programs that existed when it was founded, programs like P.E.T. and STEP, addressed the parenting stressers related to racism and discrimination. Culture was not an issue that was addressed in those famous programs. So CICC took it upon itself in the late 1970s to create programs that were based on historic and contemporary parenting issues that were unique to such groups as African Americans and Latinos. These efforts, which were supported by research and demonstration grants from federal government groups like the National Institute of Mental Health, resulted in (1) the creation of a national model for training human service and educational personnel to deliver parenting skill-building classes through their schools and agencies, and (2) the nation's first two culturally-adapted parenting skill-building programs, CICC's Effective Black Parenting and Los Ninos Bien Educados programs. CICC also refined a program for all parents, its Confident Parenting child management program. All of these programs were shown through evaluation studies to decrease the use of negative and harsh child rearing practices and to increase the use of such positive praces as behavior-specific praise. In turn, children were shown to benefit from improved and less-violent parent-child relations and to do better in school and be more cooperative in the community. CICC.through its 5-day intensive instructor training workshops which it continues to conduct nationwide, has now trained over 7000 instructors from 40 states and the District of Columbia to utilize these model parenting programs, impacting an estimate 1.2 million families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a past board member of PCAA and past Chairman of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. I am an accountant by profession and was asked to join the Kentucky Board in the early 1990's. I served a term as treasurer and two terms as Chairman of the Board. I became a liason between the State chapters and the National Board for three years from 1997-2000 and joined the National Board in 2000. I was on the National Board for five years and was the Treasurer in my last term. I don't have any professional exposure to Child Abuse Prevention but I do have first hand experience with seeing the passion and dedication that the National and State employees of the various member entities of PCAA exhibit. They are very caring and motivated and that was what kept me involved for 13 years. I encourage you to support PCAA and the State Chapters and get involved. They need your skill and leadership. Marc Ray

1 David85

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Advancing Parenting, advancingparenting.org, is an effort to improve the quality of parenting in communities, which will in turn reduce child abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, and crime. We are placing parenting tips on the windows of businesses, medical buildings, offices, and automobiles in an effort to bombard people with messages about good parenting.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Prevent Child Abuse Chapter ini Delaware County IN is so important to me. I have long served on committee and the Board. We have supported many important program developments: Healthy Families, Caring Arts, workshops, and the development of the Child Advocacy Center, where I am the Program Manager. We participate in many fairs to distribute literature about child abuse prevention.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am one of those people who could have had a better life for my kids and myself if the prevent child abuse program Healthy Families America had been available in Wyoming. I had no support and no guidance while raising my babies and now they are young adults who are suffering from the long term physical and emotional abuse from their father. I can't help but think about how different my life would have been if Healthy Families America were available in all states in the US.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Prevent Child Abuse America has an amazing mission and does an excellent job of raising awareness across the United States of issues most critical to the prevention of child maltreatment. I have found the information and resources available through Prevent Child Abuse America to be extremely helpful.

1 Laura64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PCAA is an amazing organization that has helped so many children. They are involved in so many levels of prevention unlike others that just focus on one step of the resolution. They teach their volunteers to grow also so we can continue the progress even when we are going through our normal daily tasks.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

im glad there are people like you who post this kind a blog about prevent of child abuse

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PCAA always has up to the minute updates on best practices and ways to advocate for the children who need it most in America. I specifically use their blog as a tool to gain more information in order to spread the word to others about the importance of advocating for at-risk children! A GREAT Non-Profit!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PCAA implements research and evidence-based practices into the services they provide and the interventions they design. Local chapters creating Parent Circles are making a big impact on the the lives of parents and children who participate. I have had the pleasure of attending a local conference as well as hearing volunteers from my local chapter speak at a retreat. The work they are doing is great, and only continues to get better as we learn more about childhood development and what communities can do as a whole to help prevent and end child abuse.