Hello, Kids! 

Thank you for visiting! Now we have kid stuff on our page.

It's not easy to talk about child abuse. But to end it, we need to talk about it.

Every kid deserves to be safe. Would you like to help?

You can... (Click on the pics.)

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If you are not safe, talk to a trusted adult. If you don't get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help.

We will add more kid stuff soon. Come back again! And check out our coloring books today.

(Posted April 6, 2014)


It's April. So Much to Do!

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There are also lots of family activities you can do -- anytime of the year.

(Updated April 7, 2014)

blue pcand logoApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month

blue_button_2014Blue is the color of child abuse prevention. Some wear blue to let children know they care. Some wear blue to let families know there's support. Why do you wear blue? Please join us in wearing blue each Friday. (Click on the calendar for a larger view.)



(Updated April 1, 2014)


blue pcand logoCaring Communities Receive Awards


As Governor Dalrymple signed the Proclamation declaring April "Child Abuse Prevention Month," five North Dakota entities received PCAND's Caring Community Award. Congratulations to Charles Hall Youth Services, Cass County Social Services, Fargo Cass Nurse-Family Partnership, Sources of Strength, and Specialized Child/Family Services Unit of West Central Human Service Center. These communities give us great hope for North Dakota's children and families. To learn more, you can read the Bismarck Tribune story and tune into the the KFYR-TV coverage. Thank you to all the caring communities across North Dakota.

(Updated April 1, 2014)


NDHVC_logo3rd Annual Home Visitation Conference

Please join us on Tuesday, April 29, for the third annual home visitation conference, Fostering Family Wellness, in Mandan. Dr. Catherine Breedon, specialist in nutritional needs of children and mothers with medical concerns, will discuss five important nutrients that are often inadequate -- and unrecognized -- in the American diet.

Break-out sessions will address a number of additional wellness topics, including lactation, newborn screening, safety planning, toxic stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and more.

Registration is now open, and CEUs are available. For more information, contact Allison Carlson at 701.223.9052 or allison.carlson @ pcand.org.

(Posted March 4, 2014)


blue pcand logoThank you!

Authentic_Voices_2-27-14Thank you to all who made our first "Faith Based Response to Child Abuse/Neglect" training so meaningful and productive. All are welcome to join us for our Restorative Justice training on March 27 (details below).

Also, we'd like to extend a special thanks to authors of "Authentic Voices" (pictured) who moved and inspired us with stories of challenge and grace.

(Posted March 4, 2014)


blue pcand logoFaith-Based Response to Child Abuse/Neglect

Often survivors of family violence reach out to a faith leader first for support. Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota is hosting two training sessions to help people of faith prevent abuse, intervene effectively, and transform communities.

Prevention & Intervention. Thursday, February 27.

Restorative Justice. Thursday, March 27.

These free sessions include lunch and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Sign language interpretation is provided at both sessions, and the sessions meet continuing education requirements for pastors and rostered leaders. If possible, we ask you to RSVP at least 3 days prior to each session, though we welcome your participation with or without an RSVP. All are welcome. Donations are accepted to cover the costs of lunch.

For more information, please peruse our flyer or training brochure or contact Karen Van Fossan, PCAND Communications Director, at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @ pcand.org.

(Updated February 19, 2014)


blue pcand logo Caring Community Award

There's still time to nominate your favorite community for PCAND's Caring Community Award. Postmark deadline: February 1, 2014.

(Posted January 28, 2014)


Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968



Martin Luther King Jr., along with thousands of others, taught us that hope outlasts despair -- and love outlasts all else. We can honor this legacy by working toward a future free from violence for all children.

(Posted January 20, 2014)


blue pcand logoSeeking "Caring Communities"

"Caring communities grow caring kids," says Leslie Brunette, co-founder of TEAM PCAND, the running team of Prevent Child Abuse ND. "Lend a hand, offer support, provide a listening ear, help people connect with local services."

"Caring communities make all the difference in preventing child abuse and neglect," says Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director for PCAND. “In 2014, we understand more about how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Now we know that parents and caregivers who are isolated from the community are much more likely to abuse or neglect their children. But 'caring communities' that support families also support good parenting."

The Caring Community Award, launched this year, recognizes “caring communities” that have gone above and beyond to support healthy environments for children and families. A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of preventing child abuse and neglect. A caring community may be an organization of like-minded individuals, an organization like a business or agency, or a full town that has many entities working together to support children.

Nominations are due by February 1, 2014, and self-nominations are accepted. Award notification will be made in March. The award includes TEAM PCAND gear, children’s prizes, a radio show on-site at the community, and public recognition at the Governor’s Proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month in late March or April. Partial funding for this project is provided by the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Application materials can be downloaded from this site. For more information, contact Karen Van Fossan at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @ pcand.org.

(Updated January 14, 2014)


blue pcand logo What if We Had 0% Child Abuse?

Can you envision it?

What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%?

What if every child in North Dakota could wake up every morning nurtured and safe?

What if the solutions were in our hands?

North Dakota now has a concrete vision for eliminating child abuse and neglect:

1. Community.

2. Commitment.

3. Access.

4. Policy.

Look at our easy-to-read Vision for North Dakota's Families. Then contact info @ pcand.org to give us your feedback, share your vision, and get your community -- or yourself -- involved. 

(Updated January 13, 2014)


blue pcand logoCAP Month Grants Available

Have you applied yet for funding to support your Child Abuse Prevention Month activities? There's still time to meet the December 20 deadline. You can download the application on this site. Contact Mylinda Ogundipe at myogundipa @ pcand.org for more information.

(December 16, 2013)


blue pcand logoNominate a "Caring Community"

TEAM_PCAND_Ragnar_2013"It’s our 1st birthday!" says Leslie Brunette, co-founder of TEAM PCAND. "In celebration, we’re kicking off a joyful new initiative. Help us celebrate by nominating your favorite community for the Caring Community Award!"

This new prize recognizes "caring communities" that have gone above and beyond to support healthy environments for children and families. A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of preventing child abuse and neglect. A caring community may be an organization of like-minded individuals, an organization like a business or agency, or a full town that has many entities working together to support children.

One of the strongest predictors of child abuse and neglect is parental or care-giver isolation from the community. Communities have everything to do with prevention, and we know that plain and simple "caring communities" are thriving across North Dakota. This award gives caring communities a chance to tell their story of caring.

Prizes include TEAM PCAND gear, children’s prizes, a radio show on-site at the community, and public recognition at the Governor’s Proclamation Ceremony of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

To nominate a community (including your own), download the application, complete it, and return to PCAND by February 1, 2014. For more information, contact Karen Van Fossan, PCAND Communications Director, at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @ pcand.org.

(Posted November 27, 2013)


blue pcand logoThank you, Kroll's Marathon!

PCAND_Krolls_MarathonA big thank you to Kroll's Marathon! We are honored that PCAND was chosen as a 2013 Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon Charity. We will put the funds to good use, protecting children, supporting families, and building communities that help us all thrive.

(Posted November 21, 2013)


blue pcand logoGood news!

Thanks to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck, we will soon purchase "Period of PURPLE Crying" materials for all western North Dakota families with infants.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is the phrase used to describe the time in babies' lives when they cry more than any other time. The video is a new way to help parents understand this time, which is a normal part of every infant's development.

Thank you, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck!

(Posted November 14, 2013)


blue pcand logoWelcome, Dr. Chaffee!

Ellen_ChaffeeWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Ellen Chaffee has just become the newest member of the PCAND board of directors. As a former university president and consultant extraordinaire, Dr Chaffee brings a wealth of experience and compassion to this work. She says: "My main goal in serving on the board is to support the extraordinarily important work of PCAND and the talented people who carry it out. The strong emphasis on networking, reaching families where they are, prevention, and multi-faceted support systems gives real hope of actually achieving our ambitious goals. I do believe that PCAND's impact and cost-benefit ratio are among the best anywhere. It's an honor to be involved." Thank you, Dr Chaffee!

(Posted November 10, 2013)


"Building Bridges" Initiative

AAP_logoGreat news! We are honored to partner with the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a new initiative, Building Bridges among Health and Early Childhood Systems.

Through the Building Bridges initiative, we will work with pediatrician "champions" who will help us strengthen referrals and services for families in our Home Visitation programs. Pediatricians will join our Home Visitation Coalition as well as the Early Childhood Comprehensive System network. Thank you, AAP of North Dakota, for collaborating with us on this important work.

(Posted November 9, 2013)


blue pcand logoFebruary 27: Faith-Based Prevention Training

Around the world, religious traditions affirm that children are a gift from the divine. What is the role of the church in protecting this gift from neglect and abuse? How can pastors increase their effectiveness in responding to challenges and even crises among their congregants? What might our faith communities do to deepen our commitment to the most vulnerable among us?

Save the date! People of faith from across the state are invited to join us on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 10 AM to 3 PM. We will meet at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND. Suitable for continuing education hours, the training will be prayerful, ecumenical, and FREE; a free-will donation will be collected for lunch. More information is forthcoming. Please contact Karen Van Fossan, PCAND Communications Director, at karenvan @ pcand.org with any questions or suggestions.

(Posted October 31, 2013)


blue pcand logoWelcome, Allison Carlson!

Allison CarlsonWe are pleased to introduce Allison Carlson! After working in the Bismarck Public Schools and the daycare field, Allison has recently joined PCAND as Administrative Assistant. With a bachelor's degree from NDSU in Human Development and Family Science, Allison also provides help for the Nurturing Program. It's great to have you on the team, Allison!

(Posted October 24, 2013)


blue pcand logoStudy of Adverse Childhood Experiences

"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," the North Dakota Department of Health reports. A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. The survey shows that nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs -- which translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.

(Posted October 10, 2013)


blue pcand logoPCAND Statement on Leith, ND

Recently, a group of self-declared white supremacists released plans to takeover the town of Leith, ND.

We at Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota (PCAND) are gravely concerned about the effects of white supremacy on children and families. Children and families need the support of the entire community to thrive; white supremacy threatens their well-being in numerous ways, from reducing quality of services based on skin color to promoting out-right violence against one's neighbors. Such unrest and hatred leaves families of color, as well as LGBT families, particularly vulnerable and creates an environment of insecurity and fear for all families.

On behalf of our own families, those of us at PCAND voice our support and appreciation for all who continue to resist white supremacy in our state.

(Posted September 24, 2013)


blue pcand logoHow to End Child Abuse & Neglect

We have some big ideas about how to end child abuse and neglect in North Dakota. With help from people like you, we believe 100% of North Dakota's children can be safe, protected, and unconditionally loved. We've just released our vision for North Dakota's families -- and are full of hope. We'll share more soon. Here's a preview:

"What Can I Do?"  

Make a Personal Commitment to Prevention

As an adult, I understand that I can help prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families and communities to be nurturing to children. I commit to:

1.      Consider how any decision would impact child abuse and neglect. Would this decision – in my personal, work, or social life – make children more or less vulnerable? How would it support families and communities to be nurturing to children?

2.      Be a supportive neighbor. If I see a family or child under stress, how can I be caring and supportive? Instead of viewing the family or child as outsiders, how can I offer them a sense of belonging in the community?

3.      Report suspected child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused and neglected need support from trained adults. If I am concerned that a child may be abused or neglected, I will contact the police or social services, anonymously if necessary; if nothing seems to change, I will contact them again.


Imagine how North Dakota could be if every one of us made the nurturance of children the primary factor in any business, public policy, or personal decision. Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved. Share your feedback and ideas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Posted September 21, 2013)


blue pcand logoCatch TEAM PCAND!


After placing first in the Women's Ultra at the Ragnar Relay this August, TEAM PCAND is running for kids again. Catch them at the Krolls Marathon in Bismarck this Saturday the 21st. They'll have TEAM PCAND jerseys for sale. And the inspiration is free!

Also, many thanks to Krolls Marathon for choosing PCAND as a 2013 Charity. We are humbled and thrilled.

(Posted September 16, 2013)


The Case for Car Seats

Booster seats? Rear-facing seats? Front-facing seats? Sadly, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury and death among children in the U.S. Here's an easy-to-read site to help you keep your children and loved ones safe.

(Posted September 16, 2013)


blue pcand logoPCAND Receives Early Childhood Grant

We are pleased to announce that PCAND has received federal funding for North Dakota’s Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) program. With this funding, PCAND and partners will develop and activate a system to provide developmental screenings for young children across the state. Administered through the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, the funds cover programming from August 2013 through July 2016.

As you may know, the ECCS program was previously administered through the ND Department of Health/Division of Family Health. This year, federal guidelines required that ECCS programming be aligned with home visitation initiatives, as funded by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Because PCAND is the MIECHV program designee in North Dakota, the ND Department of Health recommended that the ECCS program be transferred to PCAND, so that federal funding could be maintained in North Dakota.

To maintain continuity and expertise, Cheryle Masset-Martz has shifted from the ND Department of Health to PCAND, so that she can continue to serve as ECCS program director.

PCAND looks forward to collaborating with our partners, particularly the Healthy North Dakota Early Childhood Alliance. Thank you in advance for your support!

(Posted September 10, 2013)


blue pcand logo Join TEAM PCAND Today!


There are many ways to join TEAM PCAND. You can be a friend to a child, help a parent or caregiver, start a block party, report suspected abuse, and more.

Now you can also purchase a TEAM PCAND running jersey! Each jersey is just $30, plus $5 shipping and handling. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 701.223.9052 and order yours today! Supplies are limited.

(Posted August 29, 2013)


Turtle_Mountain_Conference_logoInnovation at Turtle Mountain


Many thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Turtle Mountain Community Wellness Conference! With a great turnout, the conference -- and "Walk for a Loved One" -- were an encouraging model of community innovation. Looking forward to next year! Click Here for this year's conference brochure.

(Posted August 15, 2013)


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"It Takes Great Courage"

“It takes great courage to speak out publicly about an issue that has been shrouded in silence and that has caused so much personal pain,” says Kathy M. Smith, Program Services Support Coordinator at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center in Fargo.

Kathy was recently interviewed for a powerful story about a survivor's journey in "Troy White: Written Purpose," featured in the magazine, On the Minds of Moms.

Here are a few words from the article, penned by Patricia Carlson:

"Writing offered [Troy] a newfound clarity about his past. He was taught to be silent about the abuse. Talking about such things would be shameful. But he was starting to see that being silent was wrong. He had pages of memories and insights. He wanted to reach out and help others who were struggling with an abusive history or mental illness. Troy believed he had found his calling."

Troy White says:

“Everybody’s got a story...I don’t think mine is the worst. It’s not the best. It’s just unique that I’m willing to share it. I’m not always sure that that’s the right thing to do, but that’s what I feel I have to do.”

We urge you to read more! Many thanks to Troy White -- and all the authors of "Authentic Voices."

(Posted July 31, 2013)


blue pcand logo Healthy Masculinity

Join us at the Watford Hotel! We're honored to be a co-sponsor.


(Updated July 30, 2013)


blue pcand logoNurturing Healthy Sexual Development

On Monday, July 15, Mylinda Ogundipe, our Program Support Manager, will be holding her first Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development (NHSD) Training. Mylinda became a certified trainer this spring, and we now offer NHSD for FREE! If you are interested in setting up a training for your group or organization, feel free to give us a call at 701-223-9052.



(Updated July 12, 2013)


blue pcand logoCAP Month Posters

Check out these awesome posters that Williams County kids made in honor of CAP Month! Thanks again to all those who participated in raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention month this April!





(Updated June 21, 2013)

Nurturing Parenting Training

PCAND is pleased to announce that our recent 3-day Nurturing Parenting training was a success!


We would like to thank all of the training participants for making this possible, and a special thanks to our amazing Nurturing Parenting trainer, Sonya Thorn!


The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family centered curriculum designed to build nurturing parenting skills. Nurturing Parenting offers an opportunity for both parents and children to adopt a philosophy that supports living together in a supportive, caring home that promotes cooperation, respect, and self-worth. This evidence-based curriculum for home visitation provided North Dakota professionals with knowledge and skills to help strengthen home visitation programs in our state!

(Updated June 11, 2013)

CAP Month Reaches 500,000


PCAND thanks people across North Dakota for bringing awareness and compassion to our communities! Child Abuse Prevention Month makes a real difference in the lives of children and families.

With your help, this year's CAP month programs reached 500,000 people across the state.

Here's a glimpse of some of the activities around North Dakota:

  • Governor’s Proclamation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, with signing ceremony featuring Jingle Dress dancer Larissa Little Dove Fox (pictured), Wise Spirit drum group, The Group That Opened the Box, and other special guests. (Many thanks to ND CAWS for your collaboration!)

  • Wear Blue Day.

  • CAP Month community walks and Race to Zero.

  • Parent education classes.

  • Children's activity fairs and concerts.

  • Children's Sabbath celebrations by local faith communities.

  • Survivors' stories theater production based on "Authentic Voices."

  • Human trafficking theatre production with The Paper Birds Theatre Company.

  • Prevention messages on all water bills, thanks to a county water department.

  • Pinwheel gardens in several communities.

  • Prevention poster contests in grade schools.

  • Mandated reporter classes for educators.

  • Media and PSA announcements regarding parenting tips and abuse and neglect prevention.

(Updated May 31, 2013)



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.

All Children Flourishing

(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)

blue pcand logoHome Alone?

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)


blue pcand logoAction 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)

blue pcand logoWhat if a Child Is Neglected or Abused?

If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is crucial that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.

(Posted February 22, 2013)


blue pcand logo 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)


NDHVC_logo Home Visitation Bill Passes ND Senate


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)


blue pcand logoProtection 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)


blue pcand logo Welcome "Home"!


Mylinda OgundipeMylinda 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



(Posted December 20, 2012)


blue pcand logoIn 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)


blue pcand logoGreetings 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)


blue pcand logoGrant 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)

blue pcand logoExciting Staff Changes at PCAND


Mylinda OgundipeIntroducing 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 Allison_MahoneyVisitation 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)


blue pcand logoThank you, NDMHCA!


healthymindsMany 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?"


Visit the NDMHCA website and newsletter for details.


(Posted November 12, 2012)


blue pcand logoInvest 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)

blue pcand logoTEAM PCAND Runs in Grand Forks and Fargo

Fargo Mini MarathonWe 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)

NDHVC_logo 2nd Annual Home Visitation Conference

Enjoying the conference togetherWith 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)

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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)



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Leslie_95x123Catch 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)



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Troy_WhiteJoin 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.


Carly Emil

"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!"

MarnieMarnie Walth

"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." 

Janelle Olson

"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."

JulieJulie Bosch

"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!"

Lori Klabunde

"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."

LeslieLeslie Brunette

"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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

We welcome any and all feedback on the book -- and the readers' guide -- at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
(Posted July 25, 2012)
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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)
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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.

For more information about Authentic Voices, call 701.202.2421, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or find Authentic Voices on Facebook.

(Posted July 18, 2012)

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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)


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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." 

For more information on home visiting initiatives in North Dakota, contact Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(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)

 Vote No on Measure 3
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)

Vote No on Measure 3
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)

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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.
Stay tuned for more details. And feel free to email your ideas to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Posted June 11, 2012)

Vote No on Measure 3
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)

Vote No on Measure 3
In a recent editorial, the Bismarck Tribune recommends a NO vote on Measure 3.
(Posted June 6, 2012)

Vote No on Measure 3
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.
If you are aware of other religious organizations that have expressed concerns, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you.
(Posted June 6, 2012)

Vote No on Measure 3
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)
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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)
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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)

Vote No on Measure 3
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)
Vote No on Measure 3
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)
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Spring 2012 Newsletter
Read up on prevention efforts in North Dakota!
(Posted May 15, 2012)
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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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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.
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