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The mission of Prevent Child Abuse Utah (PCAU) is to forge and guide a community commitment to prevent child abuse in all its forms through programs, services, public awareness activities, training and education, advocacy and networking. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, PCAU staff members reached 53,532 families, students, teachers, professionals, and community members with PCAU’s child abuse prevention programs. We are the only nonprofit organization in the state whose funding and energy are fully and completely dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
For 30 years, PCAU has worked with the Utah education system to provide school-based child abuse prevention programs. The Utah State Office of Education approves of PCAU’s school-based curriculum as it meets the core curriculum values. PCAU ensures the highest level of efficacy and uses only bachelor-level prevention specialists for our school-based service delivery.
In an effort to be strategic in the implementation of our child abuse prevention programs, PCAU focuses primarily on the highest risk schools. Priority is given to Title I schools; however, PCAU strives to meet all requests for services filtered through the office. Programs include child abuse prevention, bullying prevention, Internet safety and teen dating violence awareness. These programs are age appropriate, taught to community members of all socio-economic and income levels, and can be tailored to fit the needs and requirements of those requesting the programs. Recipients of our child abuse prevention programs can use concepts learned to recognize and properly respond to child abuse, increase parent-child communication and promote disclosure.
PCAU also provides Healthy Families Utah (HFU), a voluntary in-home parenting program, for qualifying Weber County residents. PCAU incorporates the Parents as Teachers evidences-based curriculum as part of our HFU model. This free, voluntary, parenting program is for families who are either pregnant or have recently had their baby; with priority given to first-time parents. PCAU relies on many of our community partners for referrals. We are currently at capacity and are creating a waiting list. As part of the Healthy Families model, participants receive wrap-around services to assist in setting and reaching parenting goals. In addition, parents are encouraged to participate in monthly parenting groups.
Additionally, PCAU offers Safe Families Utah (SFU), a voluntary in-home parenting program for any family along the Wasatch Front with a history of family violence. Families need to be referred by a social service agency to be enrolled in the program. Families participate in 6-10 sessions with a prevention specialist, with visits taking place once a week at a time that works best for the family. Families receive instruction and have the opportunity to ask questions, all in the comfort of their own home.
PCAU is under the direction of a governing board of directors. These 21 board members are of the highest caliber and represent the most influential and respected individuals in our state. The board members are very active and serve in a voluntary capacity. They not only govern the strategic affairs of PCAU but also raise funds to help sustain our programs. We are honored to say that the PCAU board is a 100% giving board. The board members generously give of their time and money because they have complete faith in the effectiveness and legitimacy of our agency.
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