Prevent Child Abuse Gaston is changing how we offer the Darkness to Light training. We are grouping all sessions together in daytime sessions and in evening sessions, including meals with each. You can sign up and take all sessions at one time or you can register for one at a time. We want to make taking the training and taking advantage of this valuable information as easy as possible. Please see attached. To register, go to our Darkness to Light page.
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It's all about the look on the mother's face when she participated in our Stewards of Children training and was told she could make the decision about who would have access to her body. When we told her that her children had the right to choose to whom they showed affection and who could be "in their space". She cried and said, "No one has ever told me that before. No one." It was a revelation for her.
It's all about the parents who exchange looks when they're eating s'mores that have been cooked in a hot car to demonstrate the dangers of leaving a child alone in a hot car.
It's all about the newborn's Mom who quietly realizes after reading our rack card about Safe Sleeping with infants that she should get a crib or a bassinet for her 3 week old infant instead of putting the baby to sleep in the bed between her and her husband.
It's all about the phone calls late at night from a father who has a question about a child being left with someone who had abused him when he was little.
Prevent Child Abuse Gaston provides training, education and information about all these issues. And, the community trusts us. We're here because we care, not because we are drawing a paycheck. We are authorized Facilitators of Stewards of Children. Many of us have backgrounds of working in child welfare and we participate in several collaborative committees across the county.
For every $10.00 donated we can provide a rack card display to an agency with information on the Safe Surrender Law, Safe Sleeping for Infants, Safe Cars, Safe Water Supervision, Anti-Bullying for Young Children, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Gun Safety.
For every $100.00 donated we can train 5 parents in Stewards of Children, a nationally recognized, evidence based training on child abuse prevention.
For every $500.00 donated we can provide 20 Meet Me on the Playground for Elementary School Age Children anti-bullying kits for teachers.
For every $1000.00 donated we can train 68 parents in child abuse prevention including teaching them how to talk to their children about child sexual abuse, healthy touches, sexual exploitation online and human sex trafficking.
Every dollar donated to our Go Fund Me campaign will be used to protect children right here in Gaston County. Please give today!
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After two and a half years of development and preparation,
"Meet Me on the Playground" is on Sale!
This program includes a booklet containing scenarios that can be used with elementary school age children to show what bullying looks like. It also contains easy to read and easy to understand and implement solutions to bullying or aggressive behavior for adults. It is wonderfully illustrated with "Al and Andrea", our little people who depict any child, of any race or ethnicity. It is engaging and easily encourages children to read the posters and follow the My Space examples. Our goal is to teach children boundaries and respect and to think of the meaning of Meet Me on the Playground as "Let's go out and play."
The kit includes the booklet, a poster for children, a poster for adults and 3 suggested lesson plans easily adaptable to a classroom setting. Price Breaks are available at 750 kits and 1500 kits.
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Many people and organizations have contributed to the final version of the first edition. They include: Partnership for Children of Lincoln and Gaston County; Tiny Tots Pre-School, Stanley; Pre-School Learning Academy, Belmont; Covenant Community Pre-School, Gastonia; Gaston Family YMCA; Lincoln County Children’s Advocacy Center; Dwayne Burks, Seth Langson, Attorney; Julie Murphy; Jennifer McGinnis; Celeste Quinn; Dottie Scher; May Barger, Editor; Shaquilla Jones, Editor; and our wonderful graphic artist, Stacey Pilkington-Smith, Gallery 27.
Prevent Child Abuse Gaston is very proud to announce that Jill Pegram, QUALITY MANAGEMENT/TRAINING DIRECTOR at Support Incorporated, Gastonia, NC is the new Interim-Board President for Prevent Child Abuse Gaston.
"I have volunteered for the American Red Cross Military Family after hours crisis line and have worked in the mental health and intellectual/developmental disabilities field for over 20 years. I have worked with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and adults. During this time I have seen how abuse and neglect have impacted these people and this has turned me into a strong advocate for those who are being abused and neglected or who are at risk for this. I participated in the “Darkness to Light” training last April and this made my feelings about stopping and preventing child abuse even stronger. I stress to the employees at Support Inc. that even if they have just a feeling that something isn’t right to go ahead and report this to DSS because it is so difficult if not impossible for a child to tell someone he or she is being abused. This is why it is up to us to stand up and protect them. I want to make sure this message reaches everyone in the community. These are my reasons for wanting to participate on the Prevent Child Abuse Gaston Board."
We are very, very pleased to have her in this position.
As temperatures begin to reach 75 degrees and higher... Remember to never leave your child or dog in a hot car alone!
Saturday, May 7 from 4-8pm will be our first annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Party and Casino Night, a grand evening celebrating the "fastest two minutes in sports". Don your favorite hat and dress to impress. Awards for best dressed and best hat. Black Jack, Poker and more with heavy hors d'oeuvres. $50 per person tickets include two signature Derby Drinks and $5000 in "chips" play money. Unique prizes will be raffled as well. If you have not received your invitation in the mail, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prevent Child Abuse Gaston has been hard at work developing an anti-bullying program for early childhood educators. The pilot program has just been reviewed by three local preschools, and the final pre-k version will be available soon. Colorful characters draw children's attention and teach alternatives to bullying behavior. The crisp, bright visuals, posters, and ring-bound cards make this tool a familiar format for children and early childhood educators.
PCAG is happy to announce we have now moved into our new digs!! We have had so many exciting events happening since our big move that we find it necessary to postpone our Open House. We can't wait for you to meet our staff and learn more about the programs and trainings available through Prevent Child Abuse Gaston. Unique prints, paintings, fiber art and hand painted chairs donated by local artists will be on display. Light lunch including sandwiches and beverages will be served in the Remount Executive Center kitchen. We can't wait for you to see our new facility and will be announcing our Open House date, soon.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Prevent Child Abuse Gaston is hosting its 5th Annual Candlelight Vigil for children affected by violence on Friday, April 22 from 7:30-8:30pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd in Gastonia (across from Grier Middle School). We will be meeting together for a short ceremony and handing out candles in the back parking lot. Join us to remember these children.
Prevent Child Abuse Gaston
A non-profit organization working toward protecting children and educating the public in our area.