What We Mean

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...
What We Mean

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Reflective Leadership in Action: Empathy Can Shift Perspectives

Reflective Leadership in Action: Empathy Can Shift Perspectives

In prevention, we frequently reflect on the Maya Angelou quote, “When you know better, you do better.” This phrase is meant to dispel shame and inspire humility in families and organizations. Self-reflection is essential to identifying moments to improve, all while...
Prevention is a National Movement

Prevention is a National Movement

Prevention is a National Movement By Molly Peterson The Prevent Child Abuse Arizona team recently joined 1,200 prevention partners from across the United States for the Together for Prevention Conference hosted by Prevent Child Abuse America. Among the...
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If You Say Yes

Written by Executive Director Claire Louge A couple weeks ago, several of my team members and I went to Baltimore for the national conference of Prevent Child Abuse America. I love conferences for two main reasons: I get to connect with people who care about the same...