PCAG and Dr. Balknight of Gastonia Public Schools are bringing the internationally acclaimed Darkness to Light training program to Gaston County Elementary Schools. Principals and their PTO presidents will have opportunity to attend an informational presentation to learn about the program. The Prevent Now program will be on Thursday, May 19 from 6-9pm at the Gaston County Public Library's main branch on Garrison Blvd, Gastonia (across from the Schiele Museum). Invitations will be made by email. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These chairs represent the 31 Gaston County children whose adoptions were finalized in 2013.
Adoption plays a positive and important role in our society; it promotes the well-being of children, families, and communities.
Adoption is often misunderstood, but challenging negative perceptions and teaching tolerance through understanding is critically important.
All children deserve healthy, stable, and loving homes.
Adoptive parents must be ready to give a child or children opportunities to develop to their full potential - physically, academically, socially, and emotionally.
The community must support these children and families in this endeavor.
The funds raised from the auction of these chairs will help support Prevent Child Abuse Gaston.
Our mission is to support children in their families and communities through enhancing healthy, nurturing, and secure relationships anchored in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Help us help the children who need it the most.
We Can End Child Sexual Abuse
The ultimate mission of D2L, to end childhood sexual abuse, can only be accomplished by sharing the solution of prevention, awareness and education with more and more people. This, in turn, builds momentum and over time, changes the way our nation and culture cares for, protects and nurtures our children. Being an active participant in the mission to end childhood sexual abuse is one of the most rewarding things we will ever do – and we cannot do it without you.
Become a Facilitator
An authorized Facilitator is an individual who has been trained by Darkness to Light to deliver the Stewards of Children training program to adults in the Gaston County community, their organization or community. Facilitators are advocates for keeping children safe from sexual abuse and are key to spreading the prevention message.
Who Should Become a Facilitator?
Typically, someone becomes trained as a Facilitator for two reasons: They work or volunteer for an organization that wants to hold regular Stewards of Children training sessions, perhaps to train the organization's staff and volunteers, perhaps to offer training to the community. They want to start or be involved in a prevention initiative in their community and offer the Stewards of Children training program to a variety of individuals and organizations.
In addition, you should consider how talking about this issue regularly and openly in public will affect you personally. It is difficult to hear personal stories of abuse. You must be prepared to be immersed in the topic without it having a negative or traumatic effect on you. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse this is an especially important consideration.
What Are the Responsibilities of a Facilitator?
Sign a facilitator agreement accepting all facilitator policies and agree to a background check.
Once authorized, Facilitators have access to a Facilitator Only section of the Darkness to Light website where you will find useful resources and the opportunity to connect with Facilitators who are making prevention happen in their communities.
Register for the training by visiting the Darkness to Light website.
At this time of year, we all know it's better to give than receive. If you have a child on your gift giving list this season, here are some tips on finding toys and gifts that are appropriate and safe for kids:
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Seth Langson, an attorney in Charlotte, who takes on Child Sexual Abuse cases representing victims and is a tremendous child advocate, is working to get the child sexual abuse laws strengthened here in NC. Here is a message from him with a link to his argument for stronger laws. Read it - it will open your eyes and strengthen your resolve to DO something.
"I hope you are well. I have included a link to an article by me that was just published by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. I hope to get people across the state to support changing our child abuse reporting statutes. I will be glad to speak with anyone who is interested."
Learn more about how you can make sure your child is sleeping safely.
Safe Sleeping Tips
September is Baby Safety Awareness Month and the week of September 1 - 7, 2013 is Child Injury Prevention Week.
Burns are one of the leading causes of death among children, with most of these fatalities occurring in home fires. Even more often, deaths in fires are caused by smoke inhalation.
Your family's best protection against fire-related injuries is to equip your home with smoke detectors. Thousands of lives could be saved every year if detectors were in place, awakening families in time to allow them to escape their burning homes. Install the detectors throughout the house, mounting them on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling. They should be placed in halls adjacent to the bedrooms, as well as in the living room, garage, and other parts of the home where they can awaken the family if a fire has broken out. Test battery-operated detectors every six months to ensure that the batteries are still fresh. In general, batteries need to be changed once a year. (Many units emit a beeping sound when the batteries become weak.)
Home fire extinguishers are another good idea. Keep extinguishers in the parts of the house where a fire is most likely to start (the kitchen and the workroom, for example). However, use the extinguisher only for a small fire; if the fire is large, everyone should leave the dwelling immediately, and you should call the fire department from a neighbor's home. If children are home alone, instruct them to evacuate the house at once in case of a fire, even if it is a small one. Your child should learn to call 911, but he should understand that his own safety comes first, and he should make the call from another home.
Hold regular fire drills with everyone in the family participating. During these drills, plan and rehearse all possible escape routes for fires occurring in various parts of the house, as well as a place for family members to meet once they are outside. Since many fires—including most fatal ones—occur at night, conduct some of your drills after dark. A flashlight should be available at the bedside of every family member. Also, teach your children to "stop, drop, and roll" if their clothing should catch fire.
Of course, discourage your children from playing with matches, lighted candles, cigarette lighters, or other flammable devices. Also, keep in mind that most fatal home fires are caused by adults and their cigarettes; typically, a cigarette or its ashes fall on a bed or a couch, smolder for several hours, and then burst into flames, often after the family is asleep. Do not smoke in your house. Portable heaters also are responsible for many home fires and burns, and if their use is necessary, they should be used only with great caution.
Most burns that are not fatal are not related to fires. Most often, these are scalds from hot liquids—for example, when a child turns over a cooking pot upon himself, or turns the knobs on a bathtub faucet so that hot water flows on him. Children also sometimes suffer burns by touching a hot iron, a coil on an electric stove, a curling iron, hot barbecue charcoal, or fireworks.
To avoid scalding burns, reduce the temperature of your water heater so the water is never hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep hot irons out of children's reach and keep children away from the stove when food is cooking. Also, keep hot-steam vaporizers away from a child's reach, and keep portable heaters away from children and from flammable materials, such as curtains, as well. Teach your child not to play with matches.
In recent years, nearly 12,000 people in the United States were treated for fireworks-related injuries in emergency departments; more than half were children. Every type of legally available firework has caused serious injury or death. Fireworks should never be used by children or other family members. Rather than risk your child's health, families should attend public fireworks displays conducted by professionals.
Vaccines are not just for children. Immunizations are needed throughout your adult life to help you stay healthy. That's because immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time, and you may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Getting ready for college means making sure you are up to date on all doses of the recommended vaccines – both to protect yourself and others around you. Because some diseases can spread quickly in settings like college dorms and classrooms, many colleges and universities have vaccination entry requirements.
Even healthy young adults need to get vaccinated against diseases like the flu, whooping cough and HPV (human papilloma virus). Meningococcal vaccines is recommended for students who will be living in dorms. Your need for other vaccines depends on factors such as your childhood vaccination history, travel plans, and your personal health status and risks.
North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) is conducting a survey regarding services to children exposed to domestic violence in the state of North Carolina. You can find the link to the electronic survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/88L2RCN
Given that incidents of domestic violence can be identified by or disclosed to professionals working in various disciplines, this survey is open to ALL service providers working with children and families in the following systems:
· Public Health
· Law Enforcement
· Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services and Foster Care Units
· Mental Health
· Child Sexual Abuse Service Providers
· Domestic Violence Service Providers
· Children and Family Services, non-DSS
The objective of this survey is to be as comprehensive as possible about the status of services in North Carolina. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes to complete. All information shared is confidential and anonymous.
Participants in the survey can enter a giveaway for a $20 Visa gift card. Two (2) participants will be chosen to receive a $20 Visa gift card on August 5 and on the last day of the survey August 7.
NCCADV will utilize the findings of this survey and other portions of the environmental scan to generate a report that offers recommendations to enhance services for children affected by domestic violence. This report will be made available to the public.
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Senate Bill 337/S.L. 2013-355 - Reduces the percentage of teachers in charter schools that must be certified to 25 percent. Passed both houses and signed by the Governor.
House Bill 510 / S.L. 2013-326 - Outlines 11 core principles for protecting foster care children's rights. Signed into law by the Governor.
Prevent Child Abuse Gaston
A non-profit organization working toward protecting children and educating the public in our area.