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May News and Events
In April, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona proudly grew its team by onboarding a new staff member, Training Coordinator Simone Tavassoli. We also expanded our Board of Directors with the additions of Haley Dietzman and Isaiah Lopez. Simone, Haley and Isaiah each bring unique skill-sets and robust experience that will enrich Prevent Child Abuse Arizona’s efforts to strengthen families and protect children. Continue reading to learn more about them!
Impact Story
Child Abuse Prevention Month
To us, every month is Child Abuse Prevention Month. But there is something special about the energy we feel in April when the nation comes together for the cause. The national and statewide unity creates a forward momentum that we cannot help but spread. This April, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona engaged more than 1,000 people in discussions about strategies to strengthen families and prevent abuse before it happens, providing opportunities for children and parents to become the best versions of themselves.

We also launched a public awareness campaign called Lean On Me AZ, a project funded by Casey Family Programs. After a year of focus groups and conversations across Arizona, we released a toolkit of tips, tools, and messages to strengthen families. The toolkit addresses the overwhelming stress of parenting and the need for communities to partner with parents so that families may thrive. We spread these messages on social media, reaching over 2,000 people. 
The Prevent Child Abuse America network advocates for policies and services that strengthen families and communities, promote healthy child development, and prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens. The public policy program at Prevent Child Abuse America operates on the national level to mobilize support for federal policies and provide technical support to help facilitate effective advocacy at the state and local levels, too. When communities, policymakers, and resources are invested in prevention strategies, we create a world in which the negative impacts and outcomes from child maltreatment will be nonexistent.
Today in Prevention
Is your organization a Family Resource Center? Take this survey!
By definition, Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are welcoming hubs of services and opportunities to strengthen families and promote positive outcomes for children, families, and communities. Their activities and programs, typically provided at no or low cost to participants, are developed to reflect and be responsive to the specific needs, cultures, and interests of the communities and populations served. Does this sound like your organization? If you meet this definition, please take the survey below.
2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide
In April, the Children’s Bureau released the 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide, which recognizes that we can take actions as a society and within communities, organizations, and families to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. The child abuse prevention guide seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive.
During April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale chose Prevent Child Abuse Arizona as their charity of the month, gifting our organization a generous $5,000 donation from their D.R.I.V.E. Initiative, which involves the support of customers, friends, and families.

Thank you, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale, for strengthening Arizona families and promoting happy childhoods for all Arizona children.
Director's Corner
Compassionate Accountability
By Claire Louge, Executive Director
Compassion and accountability are sometimes seen as opposing concepts.
We have compassion for families who are struggling and overwhelmed. But when abuse and neglect happen, we want to hold people accountable for harming children.
Is it possible to be both compassionate and hold people accountable? I think it’s not only possible, but necessary in creating the world we want.
As a 501(c)3 organization, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is eligible to receive bequests. Please contact Rebekah Prieto at rebekah@pcaaz.org if you would like to discuss including
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona in your legacy.
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Prevent Child Abuse Arizona is dedicated to strengthening families and protecting children through collaboration, education, and advocacy. The organization provides research-based prevention services, education and training to help promote strong families and safe, healthy children. For more information, visit pcaaz.org.