August 2022 Newsletter


Reconnecting with "Our People"

In July, the annual Arizona Statewide Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Conference returned to its in-person format for the first time in three years! There is something irreplaceable about in-person connections. In the words of one attendee, “The most valuable aspect of the conference was the interactions, the time we spent getting to know others, and together joining in to learn new things.” The Prevent Child Abuse Arizona team is so grateful for time with “our people” – those who share a passion for caring for families and providing them the resources they need to raise their children, prevent trauma, and heal from trauma that may have already occurred.

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The annual Statewide Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Conference is the only Arizona conference dedicated solely to strategies that aim to strengthen families upstream, before trauma occurs. This year, 620 Arizona parents and professionals gathered around the 2022 CAP Conference theme: “Reimagination: Starting Where We Are. Rethinking What We Know. Strengthening What We Do.”

Participating in the first in-person CAP Conference since 2019 also contributed to a sense of appreciation for shared humanity, reflected in key topics like culture, race, gender, and community. “The emphasis on diversity was amazing and really reminded me of what matters,” one attendee shared, while another remarked, “I loved hearing from those with very different life experiences to mine and attending workshops that help me learn more cultural awareness.”

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Healthy Families Arizona Gets Funding Boost

The new Arizona State budget includes a $10 million increased investment in Healthy Families Arizona’s home visiting program. In 2009, Arizona cut Healthy Families Arizona funding from the state general fund. That funding has not been restored until now. Now, more Arizona families have access to the evidence-based support of home visiting to help them through their pre- and post-natal journeys.

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Maternal Health Hotline for Pregnant and New Moms Launches

The Health Resources and Services Administration has created the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline, a free and confidential resource for moms before, during, and after pregnancy. The hotline is available 24/7, in both English and Spanish, with interpreter services in 60 languages. Professional counselors are on call to provide real-time support, information, and referrals. Women who are feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or exhausted before or after giving birth are encouraged to call or text the hotline at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746).

SHIFT Summit: Hope to Healing

The mission of Arizona SHIFT (Safe Healthy Infants & Families Thrive) is to identify and support pregnant parents affected by substance use disorder and provide person-centered, high-quality, trauma-informed, culturally responsive and compassionate care. Our commitment to Arizona is to forge a robust network of community care providers to support families with a coordinated, integrated, and non-stigmatizing approach. On October 14 and 21, 2022, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is hosting a two-day summit to prepare Arizona collaborators in adopting the SHIFT approach to meet the needs of parents and infants affected by substance use.

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Sponsor the SHIFT Summit

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is seeking sponsors for the first-ever Hope to Healing SHIFT Summit. This two-Friday event will help strengthen the network of family support and substance use disorder professionals working together to break the stigma of parents with a substance use disorder and improve outcomes for children and families.

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How to L.E.A.D. (Learn. Explore. Act. Discover.) for racial justice and liberation for families

Talking About Kids is a weekly podcast for parents, educators, and direct service providers that explores the latest information on issues impacting children and adolescents, from preventing bullying to unlocking creativity. The host is R. Bradley Snyder, author of The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids.

The episode linked below was recorded in front of a live audience on July 19th, 2022, at the Child Abuse Prevention Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The guest is Corey B. Best, founder of Mining for Gold, a project that curates community members’ experiences with systems of oppression and utilizes that information to rebuild child- and family-serving systems.

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Director's Corner

The Director's Corner will be on pause through August while Executive Director Claire Louge is on maternity leave, savoring some of the wonderful "firsts" being experienced with her new daughter.

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