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December 2017

*Correction Notice*  Please note an inadvertent oversight to the Newsletter that we recently sent out. The section on Strong Roots should read: NYSPEP Strong Roots. These events could not be presented without our invaluable partnership with NYSPEP. Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing these events in communities across New York State is crucial. Thank you so much to all the members of NYSPEP for your continued partnership and work on these events!

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY-BASED PREVENTION (CBP)

Many of you have heard me make the statement, "We don't prevent child abuse from Albany. Prevention happens in the communities where kids live." That statement means that PCANY is committed to the force of Community-Based Prevention, or CBP. CBP means that resources are focused to tackle the specific challenges of a particular community to achieve better results for children. Of course there need to be laws, policies, agencies, funders, non-profits, civic organizations, parents and many more entities aligned to make a successful CBP initiative. Our role in this work is to share resources and expertise and bring people together around making a real change for kids.

PCANY is very pleased to share that as we enter 2018, our efforts will be even more focused on building sustainable CBPs across the State. Through opportunities created with OCFS, OMH and private foundations, we will be identifying up to 8 communities for targeted CBP projects. This means:

  • More Protective Factors and Child Abuse Training at a regional level,
  • Additional resources for community initiatives,
  • Greater emphasis on public awareness (Pinwheels/Child Abuse Prevention Month), and 
  • Greater focus on engaging and preparing parents to be advocates for their children.

In the coming months I look forward to sharing details about how our work is transforming! Stay tuned!

Sincerely,

Tim Hathaway, Executive Director


ANNOUNCING REGIONAL PROTECTIVE FACTORS SUMMITS

PCANY is making a big shift this year! We will be hosting Regional Protective Factors Summits in selected regions of the State. These will be held instead of our Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference. Locations and dates TBD. Check our website in January for additional details.


ADVOCACY UPDATE

At the federal level, we continue to urge Congress to reauthorize both the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program--critical supports for families.

At the state level, we are deep into discussions with the Governor's Office and with relevant state agencies about our priorities: restoration of the $7 million cut from child care subsidies last year; increased funding for home visiting and creation of a statewide coordinator/trainer to provide baseline and issue-specific training across home visiting programs; and increased funding for sexual abuse prevention and Family Resource Centers.

We have also developed an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) curriculum that we are piloting around the State. This interactive training includes four standard modules (Overview, Resilience and Recovery, Protective Factors, and Implications for Service Providers), as well as a fifth module tailored to the audience undertaking the training (i.e. domestic violence shelter staff, child care providers, etc.) We hope to provide this training to a wide range of child-serving populations in 2018 and create more ACEs advocates.

Finally, we continue to provide advocacy training both in-person and online. Please contact Jenn O'Connor at joconnor@preventchildabuseny.org to schedule a session. Learn how to craft your message, participate in a successful legislative meeting, and get the word out via social media--it's easy and it's fun!


HEALTHY FAMILIES UPDATE

After much preparation for and the submission of an intensive self-study, the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) Central Administration (CA) team participated in its Healthy Families America (HFA) accreditation site visit in November. The HFA model is based on 12 research-based critical elements and is committed to demonstrating consistent service implementation and quality. To use the model, sites must affiliate with the HFA National Office. Completion of the affiliation process reflects a community's commitment to implementing HFA. Therefore, all sites using the HFA model must successfully implement each of the 12 critical elements.

As part of the 4-day visit, files were reviewed and interviews with members of HFNY network took place. HFNY CA was noted for its many strengths in five functional areas: Policy, Training, Quality Assurance and Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Administration. This was one of many steps in the accreditation process and it was wholly positive. HFA highlighted the historic strength of the HFNY program and its "innovative and cutting edge" approach to helping children and families succeed. As we expand and grow, we look forward to the future and "Supporting Families Right from the Start".


NYSPEP STRONG ROOTS RECAP

We are excited to wrap up another successful year of NYSPEP Strong Roots Training Institutes across the State! Our last session was offered November 9th in Albany. We spent the day with 44 participants. Special thanks to our facilitators Rebecca Stahl and Sarah Gould Houde!

If you were unable to attend any of these offerings, we are conducting a condensed webinar version of this material on December 13th from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Please register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4692250920555087107


ENOUGH ABUSE CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Three Train the Trainer (TOT) events occurred in November, adding 48 new motivated and enthusiastic trainers from six new counties to the Enough Abuse Campaign. The Enough Abuse Campaign is now in Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Erie, Jefferson, Lewis, Nassau, Rensselaer, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Tompkins, and Yates counties. We are incredibly excited to bring on these new trainers and communities. 

Please check out enoughabuse.org to see the training schedule or contact Brittany Enekes at benekes@preventchildabuseny.org for more information about the Enough Abuse Campaign or to schedule a training with your organization.


GIVING TUESDAY AND AMAZON SMILE

THANK YOU to all who donated to PCANY on Giving Tuesday! We are also participating in AmazonSmile, so if you are ordering gifts online this holiday season, use the Smile site and click on Prevent Child Abuse New York. A percentage of every purchase will go to help us help children and families. Thank you!