APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH!
Please join us at events across the state.
"All Children Flourishing"
"A child's intensity is a gift that needs to be nurtured. The Nurtured Heart approach has been proven to create greatness in even the most intense children -- very quickly and in inspiring and lasting ways," say the organizers of the "All Children Flourishing" workshops in Bismarck and Mandan.
On Monday, April 29, professionals, parents, and caregivers are invited to attend "All Children Flourishing" -- and come away with new skills that can be used immediately.
You can register online or by phone for the free evening session for parents. You can also register for the daytime professional/parent workshop by downloading the brochure pictured below. For more information about the daytime or the evening workshops, call 701.667.3342 or 701.667.3340.
(Posted April 23, 2013)
"In a Thousand Pieces"
PCAND is honored to be part of this important event about sex trafficking and hope. If you are 14 years or older, please join us on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 23 and 24, in Bismarck. Free admission!
(Posted April 16, 2013)
Summer is coming. Many caregivers and parents wonder: What kind of supervision do children need; when is it OK to leave a child home alone; when is a child old enough to go without direct supervision?
Contact PCAND for a free copy of the easy-to-read brochure, HOME ALONE: IS YOUR CHILD READY? You can reach us at 701.223.9052, 1.800.403.9932 (toll-free in North Dakota), or info @ pcand.org.
(Posted April 8, 2013)
Run. Walk. Roll. One way or another, join us at the first annual Race to Zero in Bismarck! Team PCAND will be there to cheer you on.
(Posted April 1, 2013)
For more information, contact Mylinda Ogundipe, Program Support Manager, at PCAND: 701.223.9052 or myogndipe @ pcand.org.
(Posted April 1, 2013)
Action and Awareness Day
Many thanks to all who made Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Action & Awareness Day so meaningful -- a true celebration of survival. We look forward to Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, as we come together as a community to support healthy families and children. Stay tuned for details.
(Posted March 28, 2013)
What if a Child Is Neglected or Abused?
(Posted February 22, 2013)
Join Us for Children's Sabbath
If you are part of a community of faith, we invite you to participate in North Dakota's "Children's Sabbath" this April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of the Children's Sabbath is to honor children and promote healthy communities -- one of the best sources of prevention of child abuse and neglect. A number of resources, including readings, activities, and music, are available through the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths page.
As the website suggests, the Children's Sabbath "is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine, and provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect, and advocate for all children."
Possible activities for Children's Sabbath include:
* Offering a sermon, homily, or other address that promotes children's safety and well-being.
* Singing hymns or other music that celebrates the gifts of children.
* Providing materials or brochures about the prevention of child abuse and neglect (available through PCAND).
* Sharing a children's story that honors each child's uniqueness.
* Encouraging children's participation in the service.
We hope there is a Sunday in April which your faith community could set aside for Children's Sabbath. Please feel free to contact Karen Van Fossan at karenvan @ pcand.org if you have any questions or would like more information.
(Posted Februrary 20, 2013)
Thanks to crucial support from bipartisan legislators and community members, SB2256 has passed the North Dakota Senate with overwhelming support. SB2256, known as North Dakota's Home Visitation Bill, defines evidence-based Home Visitation, an important step in building the strength of Home Visitation projects across the state. Next step: Debate and voting in the North Dakota House of Representatives, date and time TBA.
(Posted February 19, 2013)
Welcome, Lisa Sangrey-Stump!
We are happy to introduce Lisa Sangrey-Stump, who has recently accepted PCAND's new position as Administrative Assistant. She is from the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Montana and a member of the Chippewa Cree tribe. A graduate of United Tribes Technical College with an AAS in Business Management, Lisa is also working towards her BA in Business Administration. Lisa has an interest in helping others and being involved in community and non-profit work. Lisa loves spending time with family and reading Native American history and literature as well as current events. Welcome to the PCAND family, Lisa!
(Posted February 8, 2013)
Protection for Missing Children
On January 18, the ND Senate Judiciary Committee is to consider SB2125 -- which would make it a crime not to report a missing or deceased child. PCAND is firmly in support of this legislation to protect vulnerable children. Stay tuned for more information.
(Posted January 17, 2013)
Mylinda Ogundipe, our wonderful new Program Support Manager, moved from Georgia to North Dakota about three months ago. She says: "To my surprise -- I love Bismarck. The world looks so much prettier when covered in snow, and the trees look like a postcard when covered in ice. People are amazingly nice and patient. Thank you! I feel like I'm at home in a whole new country."
Welcome "home," Mylinda!
(Posted January 4, 2013)
Toward a World of Peace
In Honor of Sandy Hook Students
For many of us, the news from Sandy Hook Elementary School is still a shock a few days later. Even miles away, we grieve and we worry. Many of us also feel called to action: How was such a shooting possible, and how can we keep it from ever happening again?
As Prevent Child Abuse America says, "We all probably have a pretty good idea how and why these tragedies happen. Meaningful action does not only include those actions that prevent these tragedies within minutes, hours, or even days; they must be actions that start years in advance with loving, nurturing, and stable experiences for our children. There must be nothing less than a complete change in our national culture that children are not the property or sole responsibility of parents."
Please take a moment to read the full blog post by Prevent Child Abuse America, as we seek to understand the tragedy and transform our culture.
(Posted December 16, 2012)
Greetings from TEAM PCAND!
TEAM PCAND says: "Many different people celebrate many different holidays in the wintertime. If you give gifts, or if you don't, remember -- the people in our lives are a GIFT! Let's celebrate them all year round!"
L to R: Marnie Walth, Lori Klabunde, Leslie Brunette, Julie Bosch, Janelle Olsen
Not pictured: Carly Emil
(Posted December 8, 2012)
Grant Funds for CAP Month
Is spring in the air? Not yet. But it's time to get ready for April -- national Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. Our theme for the month is "Partnering to Strengthen North Dakota Families." We have grant funds available to help prevent child abuse and neglect in communities across the state, and we look forward to partnering with you as you support children and families in your community. For more information, contact Mylinda Ogundipe at 701.223.9052 or myogundipe @ pcand.org. Please remember that the application is due December 14, 2012.
(Posted November 27, 2012)
Exciting Staff Changes at PCAND
Introducing Mylinda Ogundipe! After working in private child care and family services for several years, Mylinda has joined Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota as the Program Support Manager. With an MPA, Mylinda has extensive practical and theoretical experience with nonprofit organizations, particularly in volunteer recruitment and financial development. A native of Georgia, Mylinda is a recent addition to the Bismarck area. Welcome, Mylinda!
Congratulations to Allison Mahoney, our new Home Visitation Project Manager! After serving in juvenile corrections and then as our Program Support Manager, Allie has stepped into a new role. Soon to be a licensed social worker, she brings a dedication to children all she does. Keep up the good work, Allie!
(Posted November 13, 2012)
Thank you, NDMHCA!
Many thanks to the North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association (NDMHCA) for selecting PCAND as its service project this year! Stacey Meehl, president of the NDMHCA, says: "Every year the North Dakota Mental Health Counselors Association sponsors an organization or foundation that aids or promotes mental health issues. This year we have chosen Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. In our profession, we have all been touched by the impact of child abuse and neglect in some form. Our goal is to help children through various situations in which abuse and or neglect has occurred -- but wouldn’t it be great not to have any child suffer from abuse or neglect?"
(Posted November 12, 2012)
Invest in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
In a recent letter to the editor, Tim Hathaway, executive director of PCAND, says: "This year alone, North Dakotans will invest millions of dollars in attempting to repair the damage done to children and communities. But what if [we] could stop a failure before it started?"
(Posted November 5, 2012)
Ending Human Trafficking in North Dakota
Please join us this Thursday, October 25, in New Town for a collaborative, victim-centered training to end sex and labor trafficking in our state. Thanks so much to the Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota, sponsor of this important training.
(Posted October 22, 2012)
TEAM PCAND Runs in Grand Forks and Fargo
We could not be more proud of TEAM PCAND.
Lori (right) says: "The races were fantastic -- even more so knowing that so many others were familiar with Leslie's survivor story. She is such a strong role model for all who know her. Many more people than previous races thanked us for running for PCAND, which just provides more 'fuel to the fire' of a runner! It is so rewarding to feel like we're making a difference."
Leslie (middle) says: "Knowing my teammates as I do, they will never tell you that they both had amazing races on Saturday. Lori is definitely on a mission; every TEAM PCAND race she has run, she PRs (runs faster than the last), and she placed 2nd in her age group on Saturday! Woohoo! And Julie finished in the Top 10 and took 1st in her age group! One of my favorite things about ALL of my teammates is how humble they are."
Many thanks to Julie Bosch (left), Leslie Brunette, Lori Klabunde, and all the members of TEAM PCAND!
(Posted October 21, 2012)
With a focus on quality initiatives, new research, and effective systems change, this week's Home Visitation Conference was a crucial resource in the ongoing work to support families and children in North Dakota.
Thank you to the many speakers and 100+ participants who made the conference so enriching and engaging.
Visit the Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota Facebook page for more photos.
See you all again next year!
(Posted September 28, 2012)
Wednesday-Thursday, September 26-27, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.
You can register on site and join us!
"Although it's commonly believed that by the time we become adults, we forget the trauma we experienced as babies and toddlers, we now know that these first months may set the course of our health for the rest of our lives." -- Robin Karr-Morse, keynote speaker and author of Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease.
(Posted September 25, 2012)
TEAM PCAND Runs for Kids...Again
Congratulations, TEAM PCAND!
Krolls Marathon in Bismarck: Leslie Brunette placed 1st in her division. And Lori Klabunde took 10th.
Free to Breathe Race in Omaha: As one of 13,000 runners, Julie Bosch (pictured) placed 1st in the Women's Master 10K Division.
"Preventing abuse is a team activity. And we all have a place on the team!"
(Posted September 19, 2012)
What if many major diseases leading to human misery and death could be reduced by a factor well within our control?
Register now for the Home Visitation Conference in Bismarck on Wednesday & Thursday, September 26 & 27. Featuring Robin Karr-Morse, author of "Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease."
Visit Programs for details.
(Updated September 12, 2012)
Attention TEAM PCAND Fans
Catch TEAM PCAND in Bismarck this Saturday! They'll be pounding the pavement, stretching their limits, and spreading this crucial message:
"Preventing abuse is a team activity. And everyone has a place on the team!"
(Posted September 12, 2012)
Author to Speak
Join our own Troy White, co-author of "Authentic Voices," in Fargo on Tuesday, September 18, at the Summit to Prevent Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Troy will present "The Face of Domestic Violence" at 8:45 a.m.
Sponsored by the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center, the day-long conference is free. And Troy will gladly sign a (free) book for you while you're there.
(Posted September 12, 2012)
Congratulations! TEAM PCAND received First Place Female Ultra Team and Second Place Overall Female Team in the Ragnar Great River Relay this month!
L to R: Carly Emil, Marnie Walth, Janelle Olson, Leslie Brunette, Julie Bosch, Lori Klabunde.
"Preventing abuse is a team activity.
Everyone has a place on the team."
Cheer for TEAM PCAND this fall at the Krolls' Marathon in Bismarck, Half Marathon in Grand Forks, and the Fargo Mini Marathon.
"We pass hundreds of people along the way. They all have a minute to look at our jerseys and see exactly what we're running for!"
"Running for child abuse prevention is an opportunity to take something I love, running, and use it to increase awareness: Child abuse is a heart-breaking problem, but it’s preventable."
"Running to make the world a better place for children is indescribable. Also, the PCAND logo is on the back of our shirts, and as I pass other runners, there is always an exchange of encouraging words."
"I believe that children are a gift from God, and that any abuse of that is a fault of our society, which includes me as part of society. To dedicate running to this worthy cause feels so right and so good!"
"When the miles become difficult, and I need to dig deep to find the strength to finish, I find myself thinking of all the challenges abused children face. That provides the strength I need to finish."
"I am running with a purpose. I am a survivor and thriver. For years I 'ran' from my abuse. Now I am running for abuse prevention! I have times during my miles when I think about children that are enduring abuse now. I remember times when I was enduring, and those memories serve as fuel for my run. I know I can and have to endure the discomfort I am experiencing at the moment, because every mile we cover is one more mile we run down for child abuse prevention. We run as TEAM PCAND to change the lives of children and families, one mile at time!"
(Updated August 22, 2012)
Visit our new Event Calendar for an updated schedule of August, September, & October events that support prevention of child abuse and neglect.
(Posted August 3, 2012)
It takes a community to protect a child.
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota invites you to a FREE presentation on Child Physical and Sexual Abuse.
Featuring guest speakers Dr. Arne Graff and Carrie Simonson, RN.
Thursday, August 9
9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Robert Fawcett Auditorium at Lake Region Community College
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Turtle Mountain Community College
FREE and open to the public.
Dr. Arne Graff is the Medical Director for the Child & Adolescent Maltreatment Center. He is also a medical consultant for the Red River Children's Advocacy Center and Dakota Children's Advocacy Center. He is specially trained in Child Abuse Pediatrics.
Carrie Simonson, RN, coordinates the care at the Child & Adolescent Maltreatment Center. Carrie is specially trained in child abuse nursing and is certified as a Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.
(Posted August 2, 2012)
What if many major diseases leading to human misery and death could be reduced or minimized by an overlooked factor well within our control?
The North Dakota Home Visitation Coalition invites you to the 2nd Annual Home Visitation Conference.
Featuring keynote speaker Robin Karr-Morse, author of "Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease"
Wednesday & Thursday, September 26 & 27
Bismarck, North Dakota
CEUs are available.
Conference details and schedule are coming soon.
(Posted August 1, 2012)
The better we understand child maltreatment, the better we are able to prevent it. Did you know that 1,134 North Dakota children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect in 2010? Did you know, as well, that over half of those cases involved neglect? And that the maltreatment was most prevalent toward children 3 and younger? And, in addition, that family stress appears to be an important factor?
You can learn key statistics regarding child abuse and neglect in North Dakota on our Resources page.
In sharing this information, our intention is to support each of us -- as we each support children -- in making North Dakota a safe and loving place for all children.
(Posted July 31, 2012)
Good news: "Authentic Voices" can be checked out at three North Dakota libraries...and counting.
If you're curious about the popular and compelling "Authentic Voices" book, you can visit our page and find us on Facebook.
(Posted July 30, 2012)
At Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, we have begun a new project called "The Period of Purple Crying," which focuses on the elimination of Abusive Head Trauma, also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Our goal is to provide every new parent in North Dakota with engaging educational materials on how to avoid this problem.
An evidence-based project, "The Period of Purple Crying" helps increase parental knowledge of child development and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parent booklet and 10-minute DVD also provide information about managing stress and supporting others who care for the infant.
Our intention is to provide parent packets to every birthing center across the state at no charge. We are grateful for crucial funding from the North Dakota Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Ronald McDonald House Charities. We are also thankful for key supporters of this project: the North Dakota Hospital Association, North Dakota Nurses Association, and the American Association of Pediatrics North Dakota Chapter.
(Posted July 26, 2012)
Many thanks to all the supporters and authors who attended this week's book signing with Authentic Voices! The place was alive with good cheer and commitment to change.
(Posted July 25, 2012)
In North Dakota and elsewhere, people of all ages grieve the deaths of the shooting victims in Colorado.
But children may be more vulnerable to intensive media coverage of traumatic events.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers tips on how to talk with children about the shootings and the media coverage about them.
(Posted July 23, 2012)
Talented authors. Free books. Community transformation. What more could you ask for?
The 3rd edition of "AUTHENTIC VOICES" will be released on Tuesday, July 24.
It features poetry, rants, and lyrics by North Dakota authors who have survived childhood abuse or sexual assault...or have loved ones facing these struggles.
In response to reader requests, it now includes a Readers' Guide...for use in classrooms, groups, book clubs, and trainings.
Authors will sign free books at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, as part of the Children's Justice Symposium at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck (800 S. 3rd St.).
"The co-creators of this book offer it in commitment to the children of whom we are mothers and fathers, literally and otherwise," writes Karen Van Fossan, editor, in the Welcome and Dedication. "This book embodies our dedication to the children of North Dakota and elsewhere, that each may live in genuine safety, surrounded by unconditional love."
This project was completed with support from the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
(Posted July 18, 2012)
Prevent Child Abuse America has received a "2012 Top Rated Children and Families Award."
We're honored to be a part of PCA America's work!
(Posted July 12, 2012)
Why does home visiting matter?
According to research by the Pew Foundation:
Nearly 40% of child abuse occurs in the first four years of life. "But a good home visiting program can cut this number in half."
(Posted July 6, 2012)
Now you can like the North Dakota Home Visitation Coalition (NDHVC) on Facebook.
Coming soon: NDHVC webpage and logo.
Q: What is the purpose of NDHVC?
A: NDHVC nurtures healthy North Dakota children and families through quality home visiting programs.
Q: What is home visiting?
A: Home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. Home visiting programs address issues like maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services.
10-month-old Piper Bennett gets a home visit in this short video by the Bismarck Tribune.
(Posted June 26, 2012)
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota expresses gratitude to North Dakota voters for affirming the value of our children and rejecting Measure 3. Thank you!
Instead of protecting religious liberty, Measure 3 would have made vulnerable people -- especially children -- even more vulnerable. It would have opened the door for any person who commits child abuse to claim that the abuse is a protected religious practice.
Thankfully, in North Dakota and in the United States, our religious liberty is already protected constitutionally. Measure 3 was never necessary. And North Dakota voters saw that.
As North Dakotans, we need to make a promise that all of North Dakota's children will be safe, secure, and loved. There's plenty to do before we realize that vision. But with the defeat of Measure 3, we can get back to work.
(Posted June 13, 2012)
In a recent editorial, the Dickinson Press became the 6th major newspaper in North Dakota to urge a NO vote on Measure 3. Please remember to vote NO on Measure 3 on Tuesday, June 12.
For more information, you can visit the North Dakotans Against Measure 3 campaign website or find PCAND on Facebook. You can also watch this short ad -- which features Jim Vukelic, former prosecutor and judge -- on why Measure 3 would be dangerous for children and other vulnerable people.
(Posted June 11, 2012)
In partnership with others who serve children and youth, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota is creating a vision for how we can all work together to prevent child maltreatment in North Dakota.
(Posted June 11, 2012)
In today's editorial, the Fargo Forum urges a NO vote on Measure 3:
A provision in the Measure "certainly would have an effect on the application of secular laws, such as prohibitions on child abuse, domestic violence and even zoning regulations."
Along with other North Dakota organizations that serve vulnerable people, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota asks you to vote NO on Measure 3 on Tuesday, June 12.
These organizations include the ND Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the ND Council on Abused Women's Services, the ND Women's Network, and the ND Human Rights Coalition.
(Posted June 7, 2012)
The "Authentic Voices" publication is now in its third printing -- complete with our new Readers' Guide. Stay tuned for more information on release of the book and area book signings!
(Posted June 6, 2012)
In a recent editorial, the Bismarck Tribune recommends a NO vote on Measure 3.
(Posted June 6, 2012)
Religious organizations in North Dakota are voicing serious concerns regarding Measure 3:
The Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) has issued a resolution expressing serious concerns regarding Measure 3.
The Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian-Universalist Church has urged a NO vote on Measure 3.
(Posted June 6, 2012)
National Public Radio covers Measure 3 -- and PCAND's opposition to it.
On Tuesday, June 12, please remember to vote NO on Measure 3. Measure 3 could make vulnerable people -- especially children -- even more vulnerable. Scroll down for more information...
(Posted June 5, 2012)
Controversy Over Measure 3: KYFR-TV covers the story.
Thank you again to all community members and not-for-profits who are speaking up for kids.
Remember to vote NO on Measure 3 on Tuesday, June 12. And please keep spreading the word.
(Posted June 1, 2012)
Thank you to all the community members who attended today's news conference!
Special thanks to Janelle Moos of the ND Council on Abused Women's Services, Renee Stromme of the ND Women's Network, Gladys Cairns (former administrator of ND Child Protective Services), and our own Tim Hathaway for impactful testimony about the unintended consequences of Measure 3.
Watch or listen to the news tonight.
(Posted May 31, 2012)
THURSDAY, MAY 31 @ 11 a.m.
Room C of the Bismarck Public Library
Join us! We need your faces and your support. Children, youth, and people of all ages are welcome and invited. This is our chance to come together and be seen -- to tell our community:
"Measure 3 would make vulnerable people -- especially children -- even more vulnerable."
We will be joined by an ad hoc coalition of non-for-profits, including the North Dakota Women's Network, the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, and others, who have come together to oppose Measure 3.
Please come to stand or sit with us as we speak to the media.
(Posted May 31, 2012)
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota urges a NO vote on Measure 3. Measure 3 has been called the "Religious Freedom" act. But Measure 3 would open the door for anyone to claim any act of child abuse as a deeply held religious conviction -- and could protect that person from any consequences of that act of child abuse.
For more information, visit North Dakotans Against Measure 3 and read a letter to the editor in the "Grand Forks Herald," describing unintended consequences of Measure 3.
PCAND encourages North Dakota voters to take the pledge to vote NO on Measure 3 and spread the word.
Most of all, PCAND urges voters to go to the polls on Tuesday, June 12, and cast a NO vote on Measure 3.
(Posted May 25, 2012)
Spring 2012 Newsletter
Read up on prevention efforts in North Dakota!
(Posted May 15, 2012)
We have moved!
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota is now located in the City Center Plaza on the corner of 5th and Broadway. For those of you who call Bismarck your hometown, City Center Plaza is the old JC Penney's building.
Our current address is 418 E. Broadway Ave. Suite 70. We are located in the basement. Come visit us!
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Support North Dakota's Children With Your Purchase
April may be Child Abuse Prevention Month, but you can support children and families daily.
The Pinwheel is a symbol of hope, health, and happiness – of the promising futures all children deserve.
Show your support by purchasing and wearing a Pinwheel lapel pin.
The lapel pins are 1 3/8” in height, made from zinc alloy die casting with enamel, and have butterfly clasps.
Available for only $5, which includes sales tax and shipping.
Other items are available to purchase, check out our merchandise.