I'm sure, like me, you're disturbed by what you've been seeing in the news lately. Each new day seems to bring a new horror with heartbreaking stories of children being beaten or sexually abused. The good news is that child abuse is largely preventable. Last week, the Daily News featured an op-ed from seven New York district attorneys. They called for increased funding for child abuse prevention, citing early childhood home visitation—such as Healthy Families New York and Nurse Family Partnership—as a proven model for improving outcomes for at-risk kids. We prepare for April—Child Abuse Prevention Month—deeply concerned about the grievous harm inflicted on some children, but encouraged by the fast-growing support for prevention that we see every day.
Here's more Child Abuse Prevention Month news:
Child Abuse Prevention Conference Early Registration Deadline Extended to March 16
Could you benefit from knowing the latest techniques for working with impoverished families? Wondering about recent shifts in child welfare? Need to better understand commercial sexual exploitation of children, trauma-informed care, attachment, logic models or trained optimism? These and many more topics will be discussed at Diverse Paths, Common Dreams, PCANY's 2012 statewide conference, on April 16-18 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany. We believe professional development opportunities are critically important for service providers working with kids, so we're providing an extra incentive for you to join us at the conference: We've extended the Early Registration deadline by a week. Register and pay by March 16 to receive the special early registration discount.
Pinwheels for Prevention Still Available
They're popping up in front yards, at community events and in front of City Halls. They're pinwheels and we've distributed thousands of them in preparation for Child Abuse Prevention Month events. This April, students, families, organizations and advocates around the state are coordinating Pinwheels for Prevention campaigns in their communities. Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide campaign, created by Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters. Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting token of childhood. They represent the joyful, healthy and safe childhood that every child deserves. Our Pinwheels for Prevention product line includes everything you need for your campaign. Pinwheels, lawn signs, window clings, postcards, buttons and pins can be purchased separately or in one of our Pinwheels for Prevention Toolkits, which come in various sizes to fit your campaign plans. See our online store for more information and pricing.
Price Chopper Pin-up Campaign to Benefit PCANY
I'm pleased to announce that Price Chopper supermarkets is once again sponsoring a pin-up campaign to benefit Prevent Child Abuse New York. Throughout the month of April, customers can purchase a $1 Pinwheels for Prevention pin-up at any register. Every dollar collected supports our programs. Many thanks to Price Chopper and campaign sponsor Fox 23 WXXA for joining us in the fight against child abuse.