August Newsletter

Take Your Time

by Executive Director Claire Louge

At the beginning of the pandemic, when everyone was trying to get their bearings with lockdowns, work and life disruptions, and constantly changing information, I saw a post shared around social media that went something like this:

A choir is able to sustain a very long note not because everyone holds the note at the same time but because singers take breaths when they need to and then join back in.

Our work – yours and mine - is like that too. In the effort to strengthen families and protect children, it may feel like it will fall apart if you take time away. It may even feel irresponsible to take a break when there’s so much at stake.

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“What a sight to see. The view of all of you gives me chills,” said distinguished surgeon and author Dr. Dana Suskind as she looked out at the 850+ attendees at the 29th Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference. In her address to the audience, Dr. Suskind spoke of her vision of building a Parent Nation by advocating for policies that provide families with the critical support they need to pave a path of potential for their children. Dr. Suskind saw the magic in convening so many passionate people around a shared vision for Arizona.

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The Child Care Cliff

Children's Action Alliance published a report, "The Child Care Cliff: What's at Stake for Families, Businesses, and State Economies." The report highlights the impending drop-off in federal child care investment starting September 30, 2023, and the dire consequences it will have if no action is taken.

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Spirit of Prevention Award

Every year, the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers presents the Spirit of Prevention Award to an Arizona leader who embodies upstream prevention through compassionate service and advocacy. This year, the award was given to Jo Harper, Program Supervisor at Child & Family Resources. Tap the link below to hear Jo's acceptance speech.

Jo's Acceptance Speech

From Child Welfare to Child Well Being

On July 1, San Diego County Child Welfare Systems will begin transitioning into the new Child and Family Well-Being Department. Watch this inspiring video to hear about the transition - both its origin and its future.

San Diego describes its Child and Family Well-Being Department

A Paradigm Shift from Mandatory Reporting to Community Supporting

In June, we highlighted the launch of PCAAZ's "Considering Yourself a Mandatory Supporter" training. This paradigm shift is gaining traction across the nation, as shown in California's brief: Creating a Child & Family Well-Being System: A Paradigm Shift from Mandated Reporting to Community Supporting.

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