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WV Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1-800-352-6513

24 hours a day - 7 days a week
For serious physical abuse or sexual abuse, also contact the state police & local law enforcement.


Strengthening Families WV Offers $5,000 Mini-Grants!

TEAM for West Virginia Children is pleased to offer 2017 Strengthening Families Mini-Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to at least four communities or child-serving programs to intentionally broaden, deepen and/or sustain strategies to prevent child abuse, improve family well-being and healthy child development, using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.
 
Email a letter of intent on organizational letterhead to
info@strengtheningfamilieswv.org to receive the official grant application packet
 
For more information, contact:
Jeanette Rowsey
Strengthening Families WV Coordinator
info@strengtheningfamilieswv.org

ONLY THOSE SUBMITTING LETTER OF INTENT BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016
WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A MINI-GRANT!

Click
HERE to download full instructions and a template for Letters of Intent.

ABOUT THE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROTECTIVE FACTORS FRAMEWORK
Families gain what they need to be successful when these key Protective Factors are robust in their communities:
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Social and Emotional Competence

Funding for the Strengthening Families Mini-Grants is provided with support from the West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health through combined funding from the following federal sources: Project LAUNCH, Home Visitation Expansion Grant, and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WV
at
http://www.strengtheningfamilieswv.org


Witnessing violence can CHANGE a kid's mind,
but you can help them HEAL.

Witnessing violence changes a kidís mind. But you can help them heal with 5 everyday gestures: celebrate, comfort, listen, collaborate, and inspire.
Learn more at ChangingMindsNOW.org.


Prevent Child Abuse WV Launches West Virginia ACES Coalition

 

We are pleased to share that Prevent Child Abuse WV has joined with over 70 different organizations and individuals to form the West Virginia ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Coalition. The Coalition has held 3 meetings and is already working to achieve our mission to improve the health and well-being of all West Virginians by reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) including preventing their occurrence.


As you can see in the above graphic facilitation notes from our last Coalition meeting, we are working to increase our understanding of the impact of ACES on children and their lives as well as health impacts throughout life. We are working to prevent ACEs, improve treatment and services for those who have experienced ACES, analyze data and research about the prevalence and impact of ACEs in West Virginia, and mobilizing resources to transform our collective efforts so that all West Virginians will thrive in a compassionate community that supports lifelong healthy development.


The following is a short video that explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study, the groundbreaking epidemiological research that revealed the link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.


KPJR Films, which came out with Paper Tigers last year and Resilience this year, put together this wonderful five-minute overview of the ACE Study. It was edited by Jen Bradwell.



We hope you will join us as a member of the ACES Coalition. Our next meeting is Monday, Oct. 10th in Charleston in conjunction with the national Handle With Care Conference. Please email our ACES Coalition Coordinator, Cathy Byers to be added to our email list for the ACES Coalition. 



Circles of Caring: What Child Abuse Prevention Looks Like


Section One. About Abuse & Neglect

(including new mandated reporter requirements)


Section Two. About Reporting
(including new mandated reporter requirements).



Mandated Reporter Training Presentation
Updated April 2015