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State Funds Child Abuse Helpline Housed At Georgia State

State officials have awarded $82,500 to Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, part of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, to support the state’s 1-800-CHILDREN  Helpline. The funds were awarded by Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) as a one-year pilot contract to support the DFCS Call Center.

The 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline is a top resource for preventing child maltreatment by providing information and referral services that promote the well-being of children while preventing child abuse and neglect. The Helpline equips citizens with the resources and knowledge necessary to promote positive parenting.

Thanks to financial support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the free resource, which had shut down in 2011, was re-started by PCA Georgia in February 2014. The new state funding allowed the Helpline to expand its service hours, effective Monday, March 2, to 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

“Expanding the Helpline and an expanded collaboration with DFCS is wonderful news for Georgia families, children and for PCA Georgia,” said Dr. John R. Lutzker, director of the Center for Healthy Development, the home for PCA Georgia in the School of Public Health.

“The Helpline serves many purposes as a resource for parents, other members of the public, and for professionals. Collaborating with DFCS means the ability to have much broader reach across the state and for PCA Georgia to work closely together on meeting the needs of families.”

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.

For more information, visit www.preventchildabusega.org.