November 2022 Newsletter


CAP 2023 Save the Date

July 18-19, 2023 | Renaissance Phoenix Glendale

The 29th Arizona Child Abuse Prevention Conference will take place July 18-19, 2023 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale! This annual event brings together hundreds of professionals who work with children and families from across the state to collaborate, be inspired, and take home tools to strengthen families and protect children.

2023 Conference Info

Impact Story

SHIFTing Perspectives in Perinatal Substance Use

The very first Hope to Healing SHIFT (Safe Healthy Infants & Families Thrive) Summit took place Oct. 21 in Phoenix. This full-day collaborative event focused on SHIFTing the perspectives on the stigma of perinatal substance use, and featured a lived experience parent panel; presentations on the impact of substance use on women and newborn health outcomes, and what providers need to know after reporting to DCS; and a keynote presentation by the renowned Dr. Ira Chasnoff.


“Dr. Chasnoff has this impactful mix of data and storytelling along with an extensive career in this area of study," said Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Program & Training Director Meghan Hays Davis. "I watched the audience during his presentation and saw the lightbulbs going off. Attendees were communicating back to their agencies in real time about changes they can make." Continue Reading

Thank you to our sponsors, Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Hushabye Nursery, for making this event possible.

Help Expand Early Childhood Home Visiting!

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV) supports the development and implementation of voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs for families and children from the prenatal period through kindergarten entry. The Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022 (HR8876) would reauthorize MIECHV for five years, and would provide the first-ever increase in funding to the program. It would also double the set-aside amount for the Tribal MIECHV program, provide flexibility for virtual home visits, and increase transparency around data and outcomes.

You can use this super quick action alert to send a message to your representative. Share on social media and with your list serves!

Today in Prevention

“My Future Could Have Looked Another Way”

This video, narrated using spoken word poetry, depicts a young man's childhood. As the main character shares his story, viewers see that he experiences risk factors for early adversity. Over the course of the story, viewers watch as protective factors empower a different, healthier outcome for the narrator's family and community.

Visit VetoViolence.CDC.Gov


Giving Tuesday is a global movement with the goal to inspire generosity in everyday life.

Thursday, November 29, 2022 is this year’s celebration of Giving Tuesday. In place of asking for financial contributions to our organization, we ask- what do you have to give to your community? Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. It can be as simple an act as making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, spending time playing with your children, or babysitting for a friend while they run an errand. Everyone has something to contribute toward building a stronger community.

Director's Corner

Love is a Professional Word

Several months ago, I got the chance to attend Keeping Families Together, a one-day event put on by Our Sister Our Brother. We had the good fortune of having Aysha Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, give a welcome address.

Associate Commissioner Schomburg spoke of the urgent need to provide supports and resources to keep families safely together and to prevent family separation. She called on us - all of us- to see ourselves in those that we seek to serve. To observe the systems we operate and work within, and to examine the parts causing harm to our communities and our future. 

She also said something that particularly struck me. She said, “Love is a professional word.”

I wrote that phrase down so it could marinate in my mind. 

We don’t talk a lot about love in the workplace. Love is usually considered personal, too gooey or unreasonable for the structure of work. The professional is concrete, cerebral, contained.

But why do you work? And why, especially, are you doing this work?

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