PA Champions for Safe Kids Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendars now and plan to join PFSA and child advocates from across Pennsylvania for the PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids award ceremony on April 4th, 2018 at the Capitol Rotunda.

Join us at noon as we announce the PA Champs for Safe Kids award winners and thank them for going the extra mile to keep children safe. We'll also honor the 46 children whose lives ended last year due to child abuse and neglect and the thousands more who were maltreated. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a perfect time to join with PA Family Support Alliance as a champion for safe kids and help make your community a safe place for children to grow and thrive.

For more information about how you or your organization can participate, contact Ann Moffitt, ACFRE at 717-856-4428 or amoffitt@pa-fsa.org.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents: Training for Staff and Volunteers

PA Family Support Alliance, along with Educating Communities for Parenting, is sponsoring a training for staff and volunteers of social service organizations, schools, Substance Use Disorder treatment programs and others who are concerned about the impact of incarceration on children and families.  Our featured presenter will be Ann Adalist-Estrin. Ann is Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University, Camden New Jersey where she also teaches in the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Under Ann’s leadership, NRCCFI has provided training and consultation to government and non-government agencies and community programs in 48 states. She is an expert in the field of parental incarceration and will share the latest research and strategies for helping children.

The training will also include a presentation on Scaling Walls a Note at a Time, a Lancaster-based music program for children of incarcerated parents, and a panel discussion featuring four
Philadelphia-area organizations who are meeting the needs of parents and children in creative ways.

Join us on Tuesday, December 5 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at The View, 800 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. The registration fee is $40 per person, which includes lunch. For details and registration information, click on the calendar at left.

Front Porch Project Training

Have you ever seen a child in a store or restaurant having a meltdown and a parent having a meltdown of their own? Are their children playing unsupervised in your neighborhood? Do you ever wonder what to do when you are concerned about a child and aren’t sure if it’s “your business”? If so, the Front Porch Project can help. This research-supported training provides you with real-life answers to questions like these. We talk about the issues facing today’s families, brainstorm ideas and practice strategies for helping children and supporting families. The training is a fun mix of interactive discussions, video clips and activities with people who really care about your community and the kids who live there. 


           
Front Porch Project sessions are being held in Luzerne County – November 9 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM and November 29 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. There is no charge to attend and food will be provided. In western PA, the Front Porch Project will meet at WCSI (Westmoreland Case management and Supports, Inc.) on November 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Visit our website calendar for details.

On-Site/In-Person Mandated Reporter Training is Now Available in Spanish!

PFSA is proud to be the first entity in Pennsylvania to have qualified bilingual trainers who can provide on-site/in-person mandated reporter training in Spanish!

Residents of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing ethnic population in Pennsylvania. It is vitally important to offer training in recognizing and reporting child abuse in both English and Spanish to help ensure that suspected abuse is reported accurately and in a timely and effective manner.

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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. 

Request a free in-person training today by calling PFSA at 800-448-4906 or submitting your request online.

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PFSA Thanks UPMC!

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. 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.

 

 

 

 

"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!"
 

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