Join us April 4th at the PA State Capitol Rotunda

Please join us at the PA State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM as we celebrate five Pennsylvanians who will be honored as PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids in recognition of their efforts to prevent child abuse.

The Awards Ceremony, beginning at 11 AM, will feature a moving display of 4,416 blue ribbon flags to represent the Pennsylvania children who were victims of child abuse and neglect, and a memorial to the 46 children we lost to child abuse in one year.

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Helping Children Cope with Violence

Violence – either the experiencing or the witnessing of it – can cause trauma in young people. Trauma is the after-injury of a stressful situation. It can be physical, mental or emotional, and can affect both the body and the mind. It can affect a child’s ability to learn, socialize and feel secure.

Parents and family members play key roles in helping children cope with trauma. It is critical to the healing process that parents help protect children from further trauma, and help them get medical care and counseling. The booklet, Helping Children Cope with Violence, from the National Institute of Mental Health provides some helpful information for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress provides suggestions for parents to use in helping a child feel safe after a tragic event, such as a mass shooting.

Teach Carefully

Created by the ACT Raising Safe Kids program (Violence Prevention Office of the American Psychological Association), this public service video reminds us that what a child learns about violence, they learn for life. Parents and caregivers should teach carefully. PFSA sponsors training for ACT facilitators across Pennsylvania. Check our calendar for dates and locations.

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What Communities Can Do to Keep Kids Safe

  • Take the first step. If you don’t know the names of the families who live around you, be bold and introduce yourself. Then write down their names to help you remember.
  • Welcome newcomers. Whenever someone moves into your neighborhood, take the time to welcome them and get to know something about their family, their interests, and their pets (always a good connecting point!). You’ll likely discover shared interests that could be the foundation for a good relationship.
  • Celebrate with families. When you learn there’s an upcoming birthday, graduation, promotion at work, or other milestone, take a minute to offer congratulations or to send a note. If you know the family well, you may also be able to help with the celebration.
  • Ask for a little help from time to time. Invite neighborhood children to give you a hand with an outdoor project and thank them for being a good neighbor. Sometimes asking young people to help reminds them that they are an important part of the neighborhood. In addition, it increases the chances that a neighborhood family will ask you for help sometime when they need it. This practice can go a long way in creating a supportive neighborhood culture.
  • Offer support when it’s appropriate. If you discover that a family is struggling or dealing with difficult challenges, find thoughtful ways to offer support and care. For example, if they are taking care of an aging parent, they might appreciate some help with mowing the lawn or raking leaves. Or perhaps they would enjoy a meal together as a respite from the routine – or maybe a bowl of their favorite fruit as a “care package.” Those kinds of expressions of care during tough times are remembered and valued.
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PFSA gratefully acknowledges UPMC for You as our newest PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids through their in-kind translation services, a gift valued at $20,000.

PFSA recently became the first statewide organization to launch their comprehensive “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” training program (in person and online) in Spanish for mandated reporters of child abuse and we could not have done it without the support of UPMC for You, an affiliate of UPMC Health Plan.

"Spanish speaking professionals and volunteers who work with children now have the same access and opportunity to information that will assist them in not only fulfilling their legal requirement as mandated reporters, but will also better prepare them to serve a pivotal role in protecting Pennsylvania’s children. Considering residents of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing ethnic population in our state it’s a great step forward in protecting the health, safety and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children," said Angela Liddle, President and CEO of PFSA.  So often we fail to view child abuse and neglect as a societal health issue and most definitely it is.  Dozens of children die as a result of child abuse and we are so pleased to have the support of UPMC for You.

Jonathan Encarnacion, Administrative Director for UPMC for You shared, "Everyone I spoke with at UPMC agreed that it was money well spent.  We are more than happy to partner with PFSA in this endeavor and hope you are successful in providing many trainings!"

Mandated Reporter Training

For more than 20 years Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) has provided the most comprehensive training on recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to mandated reporters in Pennsylvania.

Our in-person training is conducted across Pennsylvania by experts in the field of child welfare, many of whom have decades of experience in responding to reports of child abuse, investigating reports and providing services to families. 

Our training can be provided in either English or Spanish.  Request a free in-person training today by calling PFSA at 800-448-4906 or submitting your request online.

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Train-the-Trainer Program

Many schools, service agencies and other organizations across the state have benefited from utilizing PFSA’s “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Program. TTT helps organizations build and expand in-house expertise and capabilities to offer Mandated Reporter Training. We are now accepting applications from organizations to enter into a three-year partnership with PFSA to ensure continuity of training and availability of resources. Please contact Haven Evans, Director of Training, at or by calling (800) 448-4906 to learn more about this opportunity.

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