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Hello everyone and greetings from PCA Florida! 
Children's Week 2018
The 2018 Florida Legislative Session begins January 9, 2018. Children's Week begins Sunday January 21with the annual ‘Hanging of the Hands’. Children’s Day at the Capitol to be held on Tuesday, January 23. Make your plans now! We look forward to seeing you there! For more information visit,
Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The month long campaign will highlight events across Florida including Pinwheels for Prevention and Wear Blue Day. Pinwheels for Prevention is a national campaign to raise awareness and support for community activities and public policies that prioritize healthy child, family and community development. The Pinwheels for Prevention annual kick-off event and press conference will be held April 3, 2018. We are honored to, once again, have First Lady Anne Scott host the event in Tallahassee at the Governor’s Mansion. Please plan to attend this fun and exciting event!
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This year, CAP month does not overlap with the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and Children’s Week but we are pleased to report that we are well stocked with pinwheels and ready to fill your orders!  For every order received prior to January 31, 2018 we will include a free yard sign again this year! Remember, all non-profit organizations receive a deep discount in the price listed on the website so contact Nydia Ntouda at (850) 921-4494, ext. 202 or to receive your discount code. 
Please join us on April 6 for Wear Blue Day 2018. Wearing blue is a simple way to show support of child abuse prevention efforts throughout Florida. Encourage partners and friends to wear blue and post photos of your crew to Facebook. We look forward to seeing your posts!
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Dates for Session 2 of the Parent Leadership Academy series are still available
Session 2 focuses on ACEs comparative scores and the screening and facilitated discussion of the documentary Resilience, co-directed by James Redford and Karen Pritzker.  PCA Florida will provide a limited number of gift cards for parents and snacks for attendees. For more information please contact (850-921-4494 ext. 201). To learn more about the film visit:
Protective Factors Focus
On a recent visit to Partnership for Strong Families (PSF) we toured two of their four resource centers.  These centers are located in North Central Florida and serve as welcoming spaces for individuals and families to seek services and support to develop and strengthen the Five Protective Factors. These factors when present in families are shown to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The resource centers are at the forefront of PSF’s prevention efforts and their success has gained national attention.  

The PSF Resource Centers are made possible in large part by partnerships with local library districts and grassroots organizations, as well as with more than 50 other service providers and community partners. Each center has a full-time manager employed by PSF and is fueled by volunteers, donations, grants and other collaborative efforts. Between 2009-2015 data revealed a decrease of 44-58% in verified child maltreatment counts for communities served by the Alachua County centers.

Casey Family Programs recently highlighted the centers in their 2017 Signature Report, The Evolution of Hope. Click the following links to watch the brief documentary or read their 2017 annual report featuring the PSF Resource Centers.
thank you
...for your efforts to keep children safe and promote positive parenting in our state!

Chris Lolley
 Prevent Child Abuse Florida 
Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida