Prevent Child Abuse Arizona (PCA) is a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCA is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of Arizona's children.
PCA provides training, advocacy, program development, and public awareness to both public and private agencies, policy makers and funders. Our current projects include:
* Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference, an annual event of over 1000 participants featuring national experts, model programs, and state-of-the-art solutions to prevent child maltreatment (1988 - present), funded by Arizona Department of Economic Security.
* Healthy Families Arizona Statewide Steering Committee guides the expansion of the program to all new parents in the state (1988 to present).
* Healthy Families Institute, a biannual statewide training event for all Healthy Families Arizona staff (1995 to present), funded by Arizona Department of Economic Security through a private contract with LeCroy & Milligan.
* Yavapai Child Fatality Review Team, the first rural Child Fatality Team in Arizona, reviews all deaths pf children under 18 from all causes (1995 to present), funded by Arizona Department of Health Services.
* Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, a "one-stop shop" designed to integrate investigations, prosecution, medical treatment and victim services for child and adult victims of physical and sexual abuse. (2000 to present)
* Family Centered Practice Conference is held in June to train 500 family service providers in the critical strategies for serving families from a strengths-based perspective, funded by Arizona Department of Economic Security. (2003 to present)
* Advanced Forensic Interview Training funded by the US Bureau of Justice Assistance in collaboration with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, is a five-day experiential training for law enforcement and child protective services investigators on interviewing skills with children who are victims or witnesses of crimes. (1999 to present)
* Never Shake a Baby Arizona, a planning and demonstration grant from the Arizona Child Abuse Prevention License Plate / Arizona Republic designed to reduce the incidence of shaken baby syndrome through educating all new parents (2000 to present).
* Communities for Kids, an initiative of the Arizona Community Foundation, aimed at engaging parents, providers and policy makers in the lives of our youngest children to enhance their early development (2002 to present).
* Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference, a one-day gathering of professionals who work with this at-risk population. Funded by the Governor's Office for Children, Youth & Families, the conference is designed to help reduce risk factors and provide services to this target group (2004).