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Because every kid needs a champion……

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance plans to honor individuals from across the commonwealth for exceptional contributions to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The awards ceremony will feature a moving display of blue ribbons to represent the Pennsylvania children who were victims of child abuse and neglect in 2015. This display will also honor the memory of 35 children who died of child abuse-related causes in Pennsylvania.

Attendees will represent a cross-section of folks from many groups throughout the state who serve the needs of children and share our vision that every child deserves the chance to grow and thrive, free from abuse and neglect.

Legislators, members of law enforcement, child care professionals, educators, advocates, social service workers and families from all walks of life will join together to emphasize that we all share responsibility for the safety and well-being of our children.

4,032 blue ribbons will be displayed on State Street and around the Capitol steps to memorialize the children who have been victims of child abuse in PA in 2015. A special tribute will honor the 34 children in the Commonwealth who died of child abuse-related causes.

The winners of the first PA Champion for Kids will be announced at the ceremony on April 5 on the steps of the Capitol. Musical performances begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by the awards ceremony and Rally for Kids at Noon. It is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the Capitol Rotunda.

iHeartMedia host R.J. Harris will emcee the PA Blue Ribbon Champion Awards Ceremony and Rally for Kids on April 5, noon, at the PA State Capitol. Performers include The Philadelphia Girls Choir, the West Shore Christian Academy Symphonic Orchestra, Commonwealth Charter Academy, guitarist Sam Trively of Cumberland Valley School District, and Cole Wagner, starring pitcher and hitter for the 2015 Red Land Little League U.S. Champions.

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 12 noon on the front steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol
Building and be a PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Kids!!!

The PA Blue Ribbon Champion Award is presented by Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and PSECU

“I’ve always loved kids. I have six going on seven kids of my own. I work all day. I coach. Having kids safe is a big deal for me because, just looking at it from my childhood perspective, I didn’t have a lot of things that a child should have. So one of the big reasons I’m doing what I’m doing is I want to give and make sure these kids are getting everything that they can have to help them to be healthy and be a positive influence in the society.”

Andre Cooper

Foster Parent and Teen Outreach Manager, Bethesda Mission Youth Center

“Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance has given families a multitude of information. You can call them any time and say, ‘Hey, I need this or that.’ If they don’t know it when you call, they will find it and get back to you in a very timely manner. I called Beth (Bitler – PFSA director of programs) and her partners many times and said, ‘Hey, I had this issue with child abuse and who do you know?’ I like to have a relationship with somebody who works in the organization and that’s what you can get with PFSA.”

Natrina Cox

Resident Services Coordinator, Preservation Management, Inc., Harrisburg

“Being there as a parent, listening to your child and being consistent is one of the best qualities a parent could have in being a father to his children. And that’s what I learned from Family Support Alliance.”

Marshall Harrison

Father, Recovering from Addiction and Incarceration

“I don’t want folks to think I did this (donated to PFSA) just to settle a football bet. That donation was long overdue for me. I have wanted to do something about child abuse and this was the right opportunity to give.”

Jarret Forst

PFSA Donor

“We spend a lot of money in our health care system, billions dollars, on the effects of abuse and neglect. We spend billions of dollars in the corrections system and in the law system to solve this problem. If we could convert some of those monies to prevention efforts, I think we could solve this problem.”

Dr. Lori Frasier

Division chief of child abuse pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital

“The PA Family Support Alliance training has given our school district and our staff members the knowledge to know the difference between child abuse and neglect, and how to take care of those reports and who to report them to.”

Susan Shinn-Thomas

Home and School Visitor Social Worker, Warwick School District (Train the Trainer Session)

“My job is to oversee a group of visitors who go into homes to work with children birth to three years of age. And this training is so critically important because it provides us an opportunity to go back and support our home visitors in really understanding their role as mandated reporters of child abuse.”

Cindy Sunderland

Program manager, Snyder, Union, Mifflin Child Development Center, Healthy Families America

“Grandkids today, they need more love. They need more love than what they get. And they just don’t get it and I think that’s the most important thing - love for them. That’s why I like (PFSA) these meetings we’re having now. I can see what’s new and we can help.”

Ezra Bupp

Grandfather raising grandchildren, attends PFSA programs

“I thought the mandated reporter training was very good. It was amazing because we’ve been trying to figure out how to balance everything out with our families and situations that kids come in with and this training really helped me to get some direction.”

Serina Brown

Dir. of Youth Ministry, Bethesda Mission

The PA Blue Ribbon Champion Awards are sponsored by: