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The U.S government grants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to individuals “from countries where ongoing conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary circumstances make it impossible to return without jeopardizing their lives.” (Center for American Progress). Over 90 percent of TPS holders are from El Salvador. 


In New York State, there are more than 15,000 Salvadorans with this status-- and they are raising nearly 16,000 U.S.-born children.  TPS holders are a critical component of our workforce and our economy. They pay taxes, but are not eligible for welfare or food stamps. They must reapply, undergo a background check, and pay a significant fee every 6-18 months. On average, they have been in the U.S. for 21 years. Their children know no other homeland. 


The Department of Homeland Security has extended the TPS designation until September 2019, a period that it says will allow Congress to come up with a legislative solution. Given the way that this Congress is currently operating, we are not optimistic that will happen. 


Furthermore, we are strongly opposed to separating these parents from their children, or unceremoniously deporting entire families to El Salvador, a country that remains unstable and that is not-- and we cannot stress this enough-- their country. They escaped uncertainty to build new lives in America. We should not repay them with more uncertainty. Instead, we should continue the TPS program for refugees from all countries and encourage our government to devise a path to citizenship for them and for others who have put their faith in us.




Suggested script for calling your members of Congress: Hello. My name is ________ and I'm from __________. I'm calling to ask Sen./Rep. __________ to make sure that the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program is reauthorized NOW. MIECHV must be reauthorized for no less than its current funding level of $400 million annually for FIVE years. Congressional inaction let federal funding for home visiting expire more than 100 days ago. We are hearing that some states may freeze enrollment, putting home visiting services at risk. Words of support for MIECHV are not enough – we need action. Leaving children and families behind is unconscionable. Reauthorize federal funding for home visiting now.

Suggested email you can copy and paste: Subject line: Welcome back to DC – it’s time to Renew MEICHV Dear Senator/Representative______, My name is ______ and I live in _______. I’m writing to urge you to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program NOW. MIECHV must be reauthorized for no less than its current funding level of $400 million annually for five years. Congressional inaction let federal funding for home visiting expire more than 100 days ago. We are hearing that some states may soon freeze enrollment, putting home visiting services at risk. Words of support for the program are not enough – we need action. Leaving children and families behind is unconscionable. Reauthorize federal funding for home visiting now. The clock is ticking. Every second longer that Congress waits is a second closer to lost services and lost jobs. Thank you.


Hello. As a constituent of {your state}, I am calling today to urge {U.S. Senator's name/U.S. Representative’s name} to pass legislation immediately that would extend current funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and maintain the bipartisan history of the program.

  • CHIP funding expired over 100 days ago. Now, families are facing uncertainty and entering the new year without knowing if their children will have health care coverage.
  • The short-term solutions Congress has offered so far do not give families the relief they need so that their children can access care, and also fail to address states’ funding concerns. States and families need stability.
  • Because CHIP funding has not been extended, states have been forced to make difficult choices as they question the future of their CHIP programs. Actions include sending notices to families that they may not be able to rely on CHIP for more than another month or two. Already several states are using funds meant to operate the program to begin the process of shutting it down.
  • It doesn’t have to be this way. CHIP is a bipartisan success story. The program was created in 1997 and has been championed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle since its creation.
  • Nearly 9 million children across the country are enrolled in the program. CHIP stands on the shoulders of Medicaid to cover children in working families who are not eligible for Medicaid and lack access to affordable private coverage.
  • Nineteen states also use CHIP to extend coverage to pregnant women, removing barriers to pregnancy coverage and prenatal care for about 370,000 women each year.
  • The program is designed around what children need. It offers benefits that are age-appropriate, including dental coverage and mental health and substance abuse services, which may not be covered by a family’s employer-sponsored insurance.
  • CHIP plans include networks of pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical subspecialists, and children’s hospitals, which are especially critical for children with special health care needs.
  • Families who rely on CHIP already face uncertainty and challenges, whether managing a complicated health condition for their child or determining how to afford day-to-day living expenses. The last thing these families need is added uncertainty about the future of their children’s medical and dental coverage or whether they will have access to necessary prenatal care services.
  • CHIP’s proven track record of providing high-quality, cost-effective coverage for low-income children and pregnant women in working families must be continued.
  • Please extend current CHIP funding for five years immediately. Inadequate, patchwork funding is not the answer. As families begin a new year, they must be reassured that their children will not go a single day without health care coverage.
  • Thank you for all you do for children.


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!"

The training team, led by Erika Leveillee, was recognized for the innovative approaches being implemented. This is a major endorsement of the teams superlative work.

Congratulations to all on making such a major difference for New York's families!




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. 

This past year, we have reorganized our program staff structure and revamped internal systems to achieve better integration on various projects. We revisited our organizational values and also embarked on a strategic planning process. This has challenged us to engage our partners in new ways and move beyond the status quo. 

Find out what that looked like and see all that was accomplished in our 2017 Annual Impact Report.

2017 Annual Impact Report.pdf



Partners with Prevent Child Abuse New York to Raise Awareness for Sexual Abuse Prevention

NYC friends: Prevent Child Abuse New York is partnering with writer/director Matt Toronto, producer Ian Michaels and the Manhattan Film Festival to present the east-coast premiere of the American independent film Face 2 Face. This digital coming-of- age story tackles a number of serious issues including bullying, suicide, sexual identity and most notably, the pervasive problem of sexual abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the partnership and screening are an effort to educate the public and raise awareness for this pressing issue. Screening this Sunday, April 23 @ 7:00 PM. Cinema Village – 22 East 12th St. Tickets: $15. The director and cast will be in attendance along with Jenn O'Connor, PCANY's Director of Policy and Advocacy and volunteer Joy Farina Foskett.

Enough Abuse RFP Announcement

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

RFP Information: EAC RFP 2017.pdf

RFP Application: Enough Abuse Campaign Site Application.docx

2017 Child Abuse Prevention Conference Registration Booklet* now available

Registration is now open for the 2017 NYS Child Abuse Prevention Conference. You can register through the following link: The conference registration booklet* is also available: 2017 Registration Booklet.pdf

*This is a draft version of the conference booklet.

Announcing the 2017 Strong Families, Happy Families Photo Contest 

What do strong families look like? What do happy families look like? We want you to show us! Enter your own photos of what a strong and happy family looks like at:  All images must be posted to the Prevent Child Abuse New York Facebook page. Images that are submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

For complete submission guidelines and contest rules, follow this link:

Prevent Child Abuse New York supports women

Prevent Child Abuse New York employs 18 people—16 of whom are women. If we closed on Wednesday, the International Day of Women and #ADayWithoutAWoman, our work would all but halt. That’s true in other sectors as well—including essential service professions like physicians, teachers, and child care providers.

Think about that—the workforce we count on not working. Women are critically important to the workforce and, therefore, to our economy.

Here are some statistics:

  • Nearly a third of all practicing physicians are women.
  • Women account for 60% of pediatricians and 51% of OBGYNs.
  • 46% of all physicians in training are women; almost half of all medical students are women.
  • 76% of public school teachers are women.

There are 31.1M mothers with children under the age of 18 in the U.S. and, while motherhood itself is a full-time job, many of these women are also employed outside the home.

  • Families maintained by mother (children under age 18) is 25.3%; families maintained by father is 7.3% (no spouse present in either).
  • Mothers are the sole primary breadwinner for 40% of households (2012), compared to 11% in 1960.
  • Percent of women who earn more than their husband: 17.8% in 1987, 29% in 2012.
  • Two of three first-time mothers workers during pregnancy.
  • 81.6% of first-time mothers stopped working one month or less before their due date.

Yet the earning disparity is real. Women in the top four female-held occupations (secretaries/administrative assistants, elementary/middle school teachers, registered nurses, and nursing/psychiatric/home health aides) earn, on average, $100 less per week than men in those same positions.  

This week, we urge you to think about what this means and to take action. You can do so by letting policymakers know that you support:

  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Paid family leave.
  • State funding for child care.
  • Preconception care.
  • Research-based programs that strengthen families.

Be active in our community and lend your voice to advocacy—local, state and federal—that empowers women and encourages men to support them in real ways.

Join us today by participating in #ADayWithoutAWoman using the Twitter hashtag #BeBoldForChange and visit to learn how you can become involved—not just this day, but every day.


Honoring the Memory of former Treasurer and Board Member 

Prevent Child Abuse New York is honoring the memory of former board member and treasurer USMC Ret. Major Bruce J. Shore, who passed away on January 20. Shore was an integral part of stabilizing the organization's finances, leading to its longevity and ability to continue to help children, families and communities to this day. Shore's family welcomes donations in Bruce's name to Prevent Child Abuse New York. Donations can be made through the following link: Our thoughts are with the Shore family during this difficult time.