Prevent Child Abuse Athens (GA)
serving Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Oglethorpe & Jackson Counties...
Thank you Kappa Deltas!
The 2015 Annual Shamrock 5K run hosted by The University of Georgia Kappa Delta Sorority held March 1 was a great success despite some unfortunate chilly (and damp!) weather. Kappa Delta will donate over $27,000 from the proceeds from the race and a Waffle House Dinner held on March 22.
Kappa Delta has been a long-time and much-appreciated supporter of PCAA and our work with families in the Athens area community. PCAA appreciates the leadership of the chair of the 2015 event, Olivia Carlson, and the enthusiasm and effort of each of the Kappa Deltas who planned, worked at and ran in the 5K. Also, a big "thank you" goes out to the runners, sponsors and contributors to these events.
PCAA kicked off the 2014 holiday season with its annual Healthy Families Christmas party. More than 100 parents and children participated in the event hosted by the Campus View Church of Christ on December 11th. Guests were treated to lunch, gifts and activities for their children. Parents in attendance received a foam alphabet puzzle compliments of the Junior League of Athens and the children enjoyed making holiday gifts. The highlight of the party was a special surprise appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Joyful smiles were everywhere as parents and children (and even a few grandparents!) had their pictures taken with Santa. A special PCAA “thank you” goes out to the Junior League of Athens (who sponsored the party), Janice Wicher (who catered the event) and Janet Smith with Campus View. The party was a great success and we are already looking forward to the 2015 Healthy Families Christmas Party!
PCAA Healthy Families Program Earns National Accreditation
Prevent Child Abuse Athens is pleased to announce that Healthy Families Athens has recently received national accreditation.
The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that the Healthy Families America name, and programs using that name, represent a deep and abiding commitment to delivering the highest quality services possible to families and children. As the Healthy Families America initiative continues to grow and expand, accreditation helps assure that Healthy Families Athens will continue to be regarded by the interested public as a quality program, representing a given set of principles.
Since 1997, Prevent Child Abuse America has implemented an application process allowing community-based programs to use the Healthy Families name through a formal affiliation with the Healthy Families America initiative.The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in over 30 years of research.The process includes:
* A lengthy self-study which is assessed by a national peer review team
* A site visit by a national peer review team that includes meeting with program staff, supervisors, board members and client families
* Ongoing technical assistance
Completion of accreditation reflects a commitment to implementing twelve critical Healthy Families elements, and this commitment is validated when a program successfully completes the process.Healthy Families accreditation is public recognition by Prevent Child Abuse America that a home visitation program is following best practice standards.Accredited programs maintain use of the Healthy Families name and logo and affiliation with Healthy Families America (The Healthy Families America name is a trademark of Prevent Child Abuse America, who is the sole grantee of the right to use the name).
This accreditation further validates the outstanding work by the PCCA Program Director, Jennifer Henderson and Clinical Supervisor Grace Arthur as well as the entire Healthy team of LeTroyce Turner, Wanda Whitehead, Monica Cruz, Ivey Deas, Lilis Deals, Cathey Abernathy, Adrian Watwood and Erica Chastain.
Congratulations to PCAA's Healthy Families staff.
Prevent Child Abuse America and PCAAthens have a new logo!
(Below) The UGA Kappa Deltas are all smiles at the 2015 Annual Shamrock Run, but do not be fooled...they were also chilly!
The 24th Annual Starry Starry Night held on February 28 at the Athens Country Club was a great success and PCAA especially appreciates our generous benefactors:
"Partners in Prevention"
PCAA would be unable to provide the programs, services and activities to area children and families without community contributions. We owe a big “thank you” to all individuals and businesses that gave to PCAA…we hope that we can include you on that list in the future!
Long time sponsors include:
A PCAAthens "Success Story"...
Kirrena Gallagher has a smile and laugh that lights up a room, and a heart for helping others.
Kirrena is also a PCAA “success story”…not because of what we did for her, but how she committed to one of our programs which played a key role in changing her life.
Kirrena was a teenager when she became pregnant. Her high school referred her to Prevent Child Abuse Athens and the “Healthy Families Athens” program.“I was a participant through Healthy Families which is a home visiting program. The Family Support Worker came out to visit once a week,” says Gallagher.She stuck with the program, committed herself to being a great mom and began to see herself as someone who could help others.
Five years after first enrolling in Healthy Families, Kirrena began volunteering to help others.Soon, others began to notice her commitment, including PCAA.
“When PCAA got a new grant, they were like you’ve already been here so would you like to try this position,” explains Gallagher.Kirrena began helping families at Prevent Child Abuse Athens. She knew her job and had a special empathy for the young parents who looked to her for support.
In 2014, Kirrena accepted the position as the Executive Director of the Oglethorpe County Family Connection Collaborative.Family Connection is an organization that serves as the local decision-making body to bring community partners together to develop, implement and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families.
Kirrena now is now in a position to reach out to others and help create a community in which children, families…all people have opportunities for safer, healthier and more enriched lives.We at PCAA congratulate Kirrena and are proud of her determination, commitment to community and sense of happiness that she brought to our agency and is bringing to the people of Oglethorpe County.
Great Start Georgia!
PCAA is pleased to serve as the community partner for the Great Start Georgia (GSG) collaboration supporting children and families in Georgia and the Athens area. We also appreciate the many local funders who support us and the local service providers who work with us.Here's to a Great Start for all Georgia's children! For more information call 1-855-707-8277 (GSG Information & Referral Center) or visit www.GreatStartGeorgia.org.