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Childhood Abuse leading to Addiction – who is blamed?

Coming up with a title for this post was tough.. It is easy to answer the question and not read the post. Who is blamed for childhood abuse? – Adults/caretakers in that child’s life. Who is blamed for addiction? – The individual who can’t help themselves. But before you click away, what if I posed [...]

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Teen Pregnancy Statistics – better but still surprising!

Good ways of showing support to a pregnant teenager are to educate, listen, and help in any way possible. According to, around 750,000 teenagers will get pregnant this year.  Breaking this down further, it comes out to about one-third of all girls in the United States will get pregnant while they are a teenager.  Additionally, more [...]

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Abuse and neglect prevention starts BEFORE birth

A report done by the National Center for Children in Poverty in September 2010 showed the factors that increase the risk of infant maltreatment.  These factors are: smoking during pregnancy infant having two or more siblings Medicaid enrollee unmarried infant low-birth weight less than high school education teen mother short spacing (under 15 months) between [...]

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Discover the importance of support services for Child Development..

Nobody really remembers what it is like to be two years old.  It is hard to remember your favorite toy when you were two or who was #1 on the Billboard Top 100 List at the time.  BUT, from 0-3 years old is one of the most important stages for children.  According to Zero to [...]

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Prevent Child Abuse, Have a Party!

Planning on some fun with family and friends?  Add some FUNdraising to your next party. Healthy Families America is a program that is part of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA), and before Healthy Families America opened a branch in Indiana, children in our community had to be reported as being abused or neglected FIRST before a family [...]

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Foster Care.. Fostering a gap that must be filled!

Most children are supported by family beyond the age of 18.  What about those who are on their own beginning on their 18th birthday? Check out Preventable Tragedy: A Hawaiian Teen’s Suicide after Foster Care,” an article written by Natalie Wendt.  In this article Natalie Wendt speaks about a 19-year-old from Hawaii who had just [...]

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Advocacy wins for Domestic Abuse and Affordable Housing!

A success story for advocacy!  Continuous work will pay off… Affordable housing is not easy to come by, and the possibility of being evicted and becoming homeless may be enough for a domestic violence victim to feel trapped.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced, at the end of October 2010, an advancement [...]

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Each Day in America…

2,175 children are confirmed as abused or neglected. -Children’s Defense Fund In Indiana, a child is abused or neglected every 25 minutes, and most of the time, abuse and neglect can be prevented.  HealthNet’s Better Indy Babies program uses an originally designed outreach model that consists of teams of health care workers which include social [...]

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Preparing children for Kindergarten is more than 2+2…

There is nothing like seeing the look on a child’s face when a lightbulb goes off, and she realizes that 2+2 REALLY DOES equal 4. It is always a challenge for parents to not only get their child ready for the cognitive portion of the classroom but also the social and emotional challenges that come [...]

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