Never Enough

Never Enough

By Executive Director, Claire Louge Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much there is to do. How much there is to care about. How many problems we need to solve in our sector and in our world. Everywhere I show up, I learn about something else that needs to get...
First Lean on Me AZ Community Forum in Tucson

First Lean on Me AZ Community Forum in Tucson

On September 10 and 24 in Tucson Arizona, with the help of Lean On Me AZ Facilitator Sandi Cimino, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona had its first two Lean On Me AZ community forums. In the fall of 2020, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona hosted thirteen focus groups to discuss...
The Courage of an Open Mind

The Courage of an Open Mind

By Claire Louge, Executive Director Think of something that you know to be true. You believe in this. You have strong conviction you are right about this. You are passionate about it. You may even identify with this belief – it is a critical part of you. Got it? Now...
Douglas Home Visitor Receives National Recognition

Douglas Home Visitor Receives National Recognition

In August, Arizona’s Monica Garcia Bustamante, a Healthy Families home visitor in Douglas, received a national award – the Healthy Families America Outstanding Service Award. Monica accepted this award at the Prevent Child Abuse America Conference in front of over...
It’s Not That Simple

It’s Not That Simple

By Claire Louge, Executive Director “Child welfare isn’t rocket science. It is harder.” —David Liederman, former director of the Child Welfare League of America Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one reason why child abuse happened, and if we just...
The Urgency of Slowing Down

The Urgency of Slowing Down

By Claire Louge, Executive Director Have you heard the expression ‘we’re building the plane as we fly it’? What it usually means is that the work is so urgent, the process of doing the work is being created at the same time as doing the work. But let me ask you this:...
Home Visitor Professional Development Leads to Stronger Families

Home Visitor Professional Development Leads to Stronger Families

Strong Families AZ, a network of free home visiting programs, supports home visiting professionals to positively impact the lives of Arizona’s pregnant women, families, and children ages birth to five. As part of their systems-change work, Strong Families AZ increases...
The 27th Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference

The 27th Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference

In July, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona hosted our 27th Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference. With the support of fourteen sponsors, including NARBHA, Season for Sharing, the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and First Things...
Local Book Fair Fulfills Community Need

Local Book Fair Fulfills Community Need

In Yavapai County, the Best for Babies Court team exists to create better outcomes for young children involved in the court system and support those children and families at risk of becoming involved. The Best for Babies team meets monthly to discuss opportunities to...
Getting It Right

Getting It Right

By Claire Louge, Executive Director I once thought that the best leaders were strong, assertive knowers. Leaders are the ones who make decisions because they have the most confident, unshakable answers, right? I was wrong. It turns out, we don’t need leaders who have...
Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

If you live in Southern Arizona, you have likely heard of Frances Holguin. Frances has been providing community parent education training and behavioral health services in various settings since 2001. She works with the University of Arizona and Casa de los Ninos...
A Better Best

A Better Best

By: Claire Louge, Executive Director I have a question for you. I encourage you to answer as honestly as possible. Do you believe, generally speaking, that people are doing the best they can? There’s no correct answer to this question, but your answer says a lot about...