MISSION AND HISTORY: Prevent Child Abuse Athens (PCAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to preventing child abuse in all its forms – physical, sexual, emotional and neglect – through education, support and public awareness. The Council serves families in Clarke, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties.
PCAA has served the Athens area since 1986. We began as an all-volunteer group, emphasizing parenting classes and community education. In 1992, two part-time staff were hired -- a Director and a First Steps Coordinator. The Healthy Families program began in 1995. Today, the organization includes a 20-member Board of Directors, 11 paid staff members, and 12 trained volunteers. Prevent Child Abuse Athens serves more than 4,000 people each year.
FUNDING: Prevent Child Abuse Athens is funded by state and local grants, foundations, and individual and business donors. Primary supporters include: the Governor's Office for Children and Families, United Way of Northeast Georgia, Athens Regional Medical Center and Kappa Delta Sorority. Yearly income is approximately $650,000, of which fully 88% goes directly to program services for children and families.
The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program is supported in part by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Affordable Care Act, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program (CFDA 93.505).
NOTE: Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Affordable Care Act, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program (CFDA 93.505).
Starry, Starry Night, our annual dinner and auction, raised over $60,000 in 2014.
PCAA Programs and Services
Healthy Families provides in-home visits by Family Support Workers to parents of newborns. Staff offer parenting education, support, and information on community resources for up to 4 years after the birth of a child. Families receiving intensive home visiting are more likely to be linked to a medical provider (currently 98%) and have children fully immunized; they are much less likely to have a repeat teen pregnancy (currently just 1 out of 37 participating teens) or substantiated abuse or neglect. 117 families of newborns received thousands of home visits in our latest reporting year.
First Steps trains volunteers to provide new parents with support, parenting information, and referrals to community resources in the first year of parenting. Our generous volunteers contribute thousands of hours toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Some 676 families were served in our latest reporting year.
Promoting Positive Parenting (Triple P) is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world. During home visits, the Triple P Family Support Worker provides parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems from developing and build strong, healthy relationships.
Parenting Classes are held in various community locations throughout the year. In our latest reporting year 191 families completed classes where they learned all about child development, family communication, and non-physical discipline techniques.
Community Education provides presentations by staff and volunteers to community groups on child abuse prevention and recognizing/reporting abuse, including to 75 attendees at PCAA's CyberSafety Symposium and an Anti-Bullying Workshop for area school teachers, counselors, and administrators. In the latest year PCAA reached ~2,000 people through Community Education.
Citizens may call our Parent Helpline 706.546.9713 for information about parenting or child abuse issues. Contact us to receive our newsletters that are released throughout the year.
Prevent Child Abuse Athens relies on donations from individuals and businesses in our 4-county area through an annual Supporters Campaign; donations are tax-deductible and supporters receive quarterly newsletters.
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