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Healthy Families New York featured in LiveSmart


To describe and promote the work of HFNY in the Capital District, Laurie McBain, LCSW-R, Program Manager, Healthy Families of Rensselaer County wrote:


"Access to Community Resources, Services Makes for Healthier Families, a LiveSmart article for the Times Union. She highlights that parents who receive home visiting with Healthy Families have healthier babies, demonstrate better knowledge of parenting and child development, create positive family bonds, develop connections to community services, and have children who do better in school, among many other benefits and positive outcomes."


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month:
Five Steps We Can All Take to Protect Our Children


From the discovery of the 13 Turpin children in California to the conviction of USA Gymnastics team doctor, child abuse has been making headlines – and leaving many feeling helpless about
how to prevent another tragedy.

In New York State, 65,000 children suffer abuse each year. In the U.S., five children die each day from injuries related to child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Tim
Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) says there are five key steps we can all take to better protect all children:

1. Build relationships with children in your life. Whether family members, neighbors or children you see at church, start a conversation. Then, Hathaway says, listen more than talk,
ask open ended questions, avoid judgment, pay attention to any behavior changes, know their friends and show you care about their world. Children need adults outside the home
that they can trust.

2. Connect with people. Too often, we close the garage door behind us or stay glued to our phones – never speaking with our neighbors. Hathaway points out the abuse in California
happened for years, right under peoples’ noses. He suggests getting to know those living and working around you, walking around your neighborhood, making eye contact in your
building and starting conversations.

3. Be aware of resources. Support local groups that are creating positive experiences for kids and families, through donations, volunteering or spreading the word. Know where to go for
support and be ready to direct others, if needed. New York State offers a free, confidential 24-hour helpline: 1-800- CHILDREN (or 1-800- 244-5373). If you or someone you know
suspects child abuse, it can be reported at: 1-800- 342-3720.

4. Vote – and hold elected leaders accountable. Ask what your local, state and federal representatives are doing to help children and families. Hathaway suggests signing online
petitions, calling and writing to legislators in support of policies and funding that help kids. To schedule advocacy training in your community, contact Jenn O’Connor at: To stay on top of issues, sign up for PCANY’s free e- newsletter at:

5. Raise awareness through “Pinwheels for Prevention.” A pinwheel, Hathaway explains, represents carefree childhood and serves as the national symbol for preventing child abuse.
In 2017, over 200 groups created “Pinwheels for Prevention Gardens” in public spaces across New York State to raise awareness. Talk to your town, club, school or sports program
about joining the effort. Visit: for a free seed kit.

“These five tips are actions that we can all take to make our communities stronger and safer for children,” Hathaway says. “Every child deserves to grow up safe and happy. If we pledge to be
more aware, share information and support organizations, policies and programs that benefit families, we can prevent child abuse in New York State.”

Throughout the month of April, events are planned across the state to raise awareness about child abuse prevention. For a list, or events in a specific city or region, contact Wendi
Brandow at or 518.880.3587.

As the only statewide not for profit dedicated exclusively to preventing child abuse and neglect, Prevent Child Abuse New York has successfully advocated for policies that target root causes of
abuse. Created in 1980, the organization also provides trainings across the state and works to build greater awareness about child abuse in our communities.




Statewide Home Visiting Orientation/Training Coordinator Proposal 

New York State’s home visiting staff, representing six research-based programs (Early Head Start, Healthy Families New York (HFNY), Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), Parents as Teachers (PAT), and The Parent-Child Home Program, Inc. (PCHP), provide services to thousands of families. Still, only about 5% of eligible children are receiving services. We must increase staff/program capacity. This can be achieved by providing increased support of staff and better preparing them for their jobs. By increasing staff retention, we will provide more consistent supports for families—which, in turn, will increase family retention rates.


Read the full proposal here


New York 2018 State ACEs Profile

As knowledge about the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) spreads, ACEs initiatives have launched in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Hundreds of cross-sector collaboratives are educating and engaging organizations and policymakers about ACEs science. In turn, these organizations are implementing trauma–informed and resilience-building practices and policies based on ACEs science; many legislatures are passing resolutions and/or bills.


Follow this link to visit the 2018 profile of resources in the State of New York. 




Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) began a process of self-examination in 2016; asking tough questions about what we hope to accomplish, who we are reaching, and how we can best achieve our mission to end child abuse in New York State.

Kudos to the entire Healthy Families New York Central Administration and the operations of the system serving programs in the field, including all partners; New York State Office of Children and Family Services staff, the University at Albany, SUNY Research Team, local sites and Prevent Child Abuse New York following their assessment by the Healthy Families America National Accreditation team. The reviewers made comments like "seamless administration of programs" and "best system in the nation!"

Prevent Child Abuse NY is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from local coalitions to mobilize community-wide efforts in the prevention of child sexual abuse in New York through the Enough Abuse Campaign! The Enough Abuse Campaign is a grassroots movement, originally developed in Massachusetts, that is now gaining momentum across the country. Currently, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, California and New York all have active Enough Abuse Campaigns throughout their states. Information and forms are available through the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Enekes at