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                                  Happy Holidays!
As I celebrated my one year anniversary at with PCA Florida recently, I had a chance to look back on this past year and some lessons I have learned. One thing that greatly aided my reflection was attending the 2016 National Conference for America’s Children.  Through the workshops and professional networking at the conference, I was reminded just how broad and strong Florida’s prevention efforts have become in recent years.  Our coalition of public and private sector partners and our flexibility in approach make us one of the leaders in the country in driving prevention messages into communities, neighborhoods and homes where they make a difference.  Through our collaborative efforts and the supportive relationships we build, we can help parents grow to become the parents they want to be for their children. 

While we celebrate this joyful and festive holiday season, please remember that the season can be a trigger for sadness in some individuals. Recognizing these triggers and having a plan to deal with potentially stressful events or people can be helpful. Don’t be afraid to lean on your own support systems or seek professional help if needed.

All of us at PCA Florida wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!
Chris Lolley
Executive Director
Prevent Child Abuse Florida


Parent Leadership Academy II

PCA Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families are pleased to announce the launch of Parent Leadership Academy II. Parent Leadership Academy II is a three-part series of workshops that will develop parent leaders, build a network of community advocates and provide information to strengthen the work we do on behalf of Florida’s children.

Our first goal is to collect information that will help us improve the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. To accomplish this, we will conduct focus groups across each DCF region during the months of December and January to survey parents, caregivers and foster parents regarding media effectiveness and preferences.

Each DCF region has been asked to select a sponsor to co-host one or more Parent Leadership Academy II meetings. PCA Florida will provide a meal and a $25 gift card to parent participants (Married couples are eligible for one gift 

card). The first meeting should take approximately one hour and should be made up of no more than 25 parents and 3-4 staff members.
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If you are interested in sponsoring a group, contact Chris Lolley, . Stay tuned for more details on this exciting and important project!



New Website Launch

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Please visit our new website, for the latest information from Prevent Child Abuse Florida.

It’s now easier than ever to order family advocacy and caregiver guides, safe sleep materials, floor talkers and more.  Place your order at  




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Children’s Week 2017
Children’s Week is scheduled for March 26–31, 2017. The week will begin with the annual ‘Hanging of the Hands’ throughout the Capitol Rotunda. PCA Florida will have a large presence during Children’s Day at the Capitol, including partnering with Healthy Families Florida to bring a storybook to life in the Storybook Village. For more information visit, We hope to see you there!

2017 Pinwheels for Prevention
The 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month is rapidly approaching! Please place pinwheel orders as early as possible. Orders placed before December 22, 2016, will include one free ‘Pinwheels for Prevention’ yard sign!  Additional yard signs are available for purchase by visiting For more information, please contact Nydia Ntouda at (850) 921-4494 ext. 202 or

To request a stop on the 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention Truck Tour, contact Chris Lolley at 850-933-3271 or .
You can also enter your local 2017 Pinwheels for Prevention event information at




A new shipment of Safe Sleep “Floor Talkers” has arrived! They are now available in both English and Spanish. We would like you to share these with your community’s hospitals, birthing centers and pediatricians’ offices. The first 10 of each language are free, including free shipping. To place your order click here



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