Hope Horizons in Lake Havasu

Hope Horizons in Lake Havasu

“Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity” – Brené Brown. Humans are wired for compassion. We seek to give it and yearn to receive it. True compassion flourishes when we understand how our struggles connect to the larger human experience. Hope...

(Y)oung (P)arents, We See Yo(U)!

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona staff members work behind the scenes at the 2024 Young Parent University. It’s often said that parenting doesn’t come with a manual. And frankly, who has the time to sift through one anyway? When you’re knee-deep in toddler...
Reckoning with Harm

Reckoning with Harm

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge One of the most inspiring professional stories I’ve ever heard came from a former child welfare investigator. I met her through a statewide systems-change project, and she shared this story when she introduced herself at a...
Reckoning with Harm

What We Mean

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge Ever since I started with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona nearly 10 years ago, I’ve had opportunities to offer presentations to various groups. After introducing myself and sharing the mission of PCAAZ, I usually ask a question:...
Don’t Forget the Fathers

Don’t Forget the Fathers

By Molly Peterson, Director of Strategic Partnerships Between juggling my role at Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and the joyous whirlwind of being a mom to a toddler, I’ve sought guidance and relief from parenting books. I frequently pass them onto my husband, who is...
Reckoning with Harm

Stay Curious

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge Human beings make assumptions. That’s just how our brains work. We take stock of what we’ve experienced and use that to make predictions about what will happen. Assumptions are useful tools. If we have a gap in information,...
Best for Babies: Federal Grant Strengthens Court Teams

Best for Babies: Federal Grant Strengthens Court Teams

Early childhood is a critical developmental time, setting the foundation for life. When babies and toddlers enter foster care, it is crucial that child welfare system professionals prioritize their developmental needs.  Best for Babies, a program of Prevent Child...
Reckoning with Harm

Make No Mistake

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge When I close the door of my toddler Kira’s classroom after dropping her off in the morning, I find myself exhaling a breath I didn’t know I was holding in. That exhale isn’t just relief for the conclusion of the chaos that is...
It Begins with Us

It Begins with Us

We all have strengths. Yes, including you. If I asked you to list your top five strengths, could you? In our field, we are told to be strengths-based and family-centered, a space we operate in with our whole heart. Fueled by a passion and purpose in our work, it can...
Reckoning with Harm

Expect Less and Give Yourself Grace

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge It’s a popular icebreaker question this time of year: What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? People’s answers tend to include things like food, family traditions, or cooler-weather-related activities. I like those...
Reckoning with Harm

Examine Your Standards

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge A few months ago, I had a checkup with my new primary care provider. Since it was our first visit, she asked me a series of routine questions about my health habits. When she asked about exercise, I told her I ran about four...