Grantee Descriptions2020-10-05T23:48:49+00:00

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Victoria Slater-Madert
Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
653 Winchester Avenue
Martinsburg, WV  25401
Phone: 304-264-0225
Fax: 304-264-2084
vslater@childhswv.org
The Berkeley-Jefferson PIP collaborative will continue partnership efforts with the Winchester Avenue Elementary School to offer family engagement events in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. These events will foster family social connections and offer fun parent/child activities and include educational elements. The Team will also sponsor Darkness to Light Stewards of Children trainings in Berkeley and Jefferson County to focus on building protective factors to reduce risk and create optimal outcomes for all children and youth.  The Prevention Recognition Breakfast will be held in April 2020 to promote community awareness of Prevention initiatives and encourage community participation. 

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Ami Cook
WVU-Extension Service
307 Main Street Suite 301
Sutton, WV  26601
Phone/Fax: 304-765-2809
ami.cook@mail.wvu.edu
The Braxton Healthy Families Healthy Children Coalition will focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect by 1) working directly with families to strengthen the family unit by providing financial, parenting, relationship and child abuse prevention education to community members including educating any community members who work, through employment or volunteer services, with our children on the topic of child sexual abuse prevention through the Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light program and 2) strengthening families by encouraging them to spend enjoyable time together by hosting family fun events and community events.

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Rhonda Stubbs
Executive Director
A Child’s Place CASA, Ltd.
613 Main Street
Follansbee, WV 26037
Phone: 304-737-4444
Fax: 304-737-4445
childsplacecasa@comcast.net
Brooke and Hancock Counties Partners in Prevention has several areas of focus. Family Wellness is our top priority. We will engage in educating the community as a whole in various ways, including but not limited to, speaking engagements in any sort of venue, a Brooke and Hancock counties-based baby safety shower, and expanding upon educating parents via the Cribs for Kids and Our Babies Safe and Sound resources to assist with safe sleep by providing Safe Sleep Survival Kits.  This project will be implemented with the collaboration of Weirton Medical Center. 

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Debbie Harris Bowyer
Cabell County FRN
1002 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-697-0255
Fax: 304-523-9595
dbowyer@cabellfrn.org
“Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime” promotes children growing up in safe, healthy, and nurturing environments in Cabell County.  Strategies for the promotion of health, safety, prevention, and community resources to support families are: 

  • Awareness campaign to promote the importance of the First 1,000 Days and “Pinwheel Gardens” that emphasize what children need for a good start in life;
  • Resource information sharing to promote protective factors that mitigate risk factors; 
  • Training through creative methods and community partner engagement for a middle school “Girl Power” event and building pro-social skills for preschoolers and their parents. 

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Kelly Gladwell
Fayette County Starting Points
PO Box 793
Smithers GATEWAY Center,
#2 Greyhound Lane,
Smithers, WV 25186
Phone: 304-442-0043
Fax: 304-442-0044
klgladwell@frontier.com
Fayette County Starting Points Family Resource Center will coordinate one community event and monthly family fun workshops.

HAMS4FAMS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS EVENT – We will provide an array of activities as well as parent education to enhance parenting skills and focus on the importance of family engagement.  We will also provide children with hands-on activities that promote child development.  Children will receive a free age-appropriate, educational toy and the first 50 families to register will receive a free dinner ham.  We will also provide free 8 x 10 family photos.  Resource and referral agencies will be asked to attend (WIC, DHHR, Birth to Three, etc.). 

Fayette County Starting Points FAMILY FUN WORKSHOPS  – We will provide Parent/Child workshops once a month.  We will send out “invitations” and have current families register for each monthly workshop.  These workshops will focus on all 5 protective factors.  They will include, but not be limited to (because we want ongoing parent input):  Interactive Healthy Cooking, Sensory Play, Physical Activity, Health & Wellness, Literacy Activities, and Child Development. We will also focus on adult /child peer interaction.

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Jessica Greenlief
Gilmer County FRN
P.O. Box 115
113 East Main Street
Glenville, WV  26351
Phone/Fax: 304-462-7545
gilmercountyfrn@gmail.com
The Gilmer County Partners in Prevention (PIP) Team will use PIP funding in a variety of ways to best address the issue of child abuse and neglect prevention. Usages of funding will focus on building protective factors within the community as a whole, and families within our community.  To build these protective factors, we will plan and facilitate a community baby shower in conjunction with a family event, promoting parental bonding with youth at family-oriented activities, promoting community and parental supports with positive youth activities, and showcasing pinwheel gardens throughout Gilmer County with pinwheel crafting with local students. We are wanting to target hunger with youth and families, as well as access to fresh produce by partnering with the Mountaineer Foodbank to coordinate mobile food pantries periodically at youth and family-oriented events. 

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Martha Garton
Grant County Family Issues Task Force
600 Circle Drive
Petersburg, WV  26847
Phone:  304-257-9788
marthagarton@frontier.com
The Grant County PIP Team will link with the Energy Express program to provide a parent night, mentor training, and child abuse prevention.  The team proposes to conduct a baby shower for new parents to present information on safety and parenting.  The Team will partner with agencies to provide parenting and developmental asset training for parents and volunteers. We plan to support the WVU Family Nutrition Program and the Grant County 4-H program to provide training to 4-H parents, leaders and camp counselors on topics related to child protection including Adverse Childhood Experiences.  We will continue our pinwheel and flag day celebrations. We will donate infant car seats to the hospital and provide supplies for a diaper bank for needy parents.

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Devin Preston
High Rocks Educational Corporation
232 Jefferson Street N, Bldg. C
Lewisburg, WV  24901
Phone: 304-647-4994
Fax: 304-653-4860
devin@highrocks.org
High Rocks provides a safe, creative, healthy space for youth, prepares them for academic success, connects them to their community through service, helps them develop close ties to caring supportive adults, and inspires and empowers them to become leaders in their community and the world.  The PIP team coordinates community service projects with learning opportunities; mentoring sessions and quality time with caring adults; weekly interaction with youth through enrichment activities, workshops & recreation; and preparation and exposure to higher education opportunities. 

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Joanna Kuhn
Eastern Regional FRN
108 South Fork Road, Suite 103
Moorefield, WV  26836
Phone:  304-530-5480
Fax:  304-530-5481
director@erfrn.info
Hampshire PIP supports Good Beginnings, a baby & child pantry that is housed at Catholic Charities office.  The team partners with existing groups to improve outcomes for children and families including: Energy Express, Recovery Rocks, an annual event to celebrate substance abuse recovery & hope for those in the struggle, and an initiative to provide backpacks with school supplies, personal hygiene supplies, and preventive publications to homeless students. The Hampshire County team also coordinates a variety of community awareness & engagement activities during child abuse prevention month.

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Joanna Kuhn
Eastern Regional FRN
108 South Fork Road, Suite 103
Moorefield, WV  26836
Phone:  304-530-5480 Ext. 1
Fax:  304-530-5481
director@erfrn.info
The Hardy County Partners in Prevention team collaborates with multiple groups providing outreach to community members to improve outcomes for children and families.  The PIP team supports Good Beginnings, a baby & child pantry located at the Eastern Regional FRN.   Celebrate the Family (in its 8th year) is a free annual event held in June that promotes social connections & meaningful family time.  Numerous resources are available to the public along with family inspired games & activities. Child Abuse Prevention month activities will include a social media campaign, advertising solution-focused messaging, planting of pinwheel gardens, and Flag Day.

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Jayne Landacre
Harrison County Child Advocacy Center
229 West Main Street, Suite 500
Clarksburg, WV  26301
Phone:  304-622-0375
Fax:  304-622-0376
jllandacre@harrisoncountychildadvocacycenter.com
The Harrison County Partners in Prevention team will concentrate efforts on raising community awareness of child abuse, presenting clear action steps to respond to children in need and to support and strengthen families.  Our team will partner with area libraries during Child Abuse Prevention Month and use the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign to raise awareness and distribute child abuse prevention materials.  Our team will also take a leadership position in disseminating materials to all Harrison County schools to assist in the implementation of Erin Merryn’s Law.

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Terri Berkley
East End Family Resource Center
502 Ruffner Avenue, Room 101
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: 304-344-1656
Fax: 304-720-0201
EEFRCed@eefrc.org
Charleston Family Resource Center prides itself on providing holistic programming that ranges in variety and diversity not just for the program participant but also for their family and community. The CFRC “Family Fun Night” will host an event once a month to provide students and families opportunities for free educational family fun, varying from in-center activities to outside block parties or family fitness games in the gym or classes offered through our Innovation Zones. The components are structured around providing fun and educational STREAM activities such as arts and crafts, gardening lessons, family dances, and talent shows that highlight students creativity, or awareness seminars.

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Diane Hughes
Upper Kanawha Valley Starting Points FRC
PO Box 116
East Bank, WV  25067
Phone: 681-221-7102
Fax: 304-595-6919 (call first)
DCHughes@kcs.kana.k12.wv.us
“Bring Your Parent to School Day” is an event where parents can come to school with their child and gain information about helping their children with homework.  Parents enjoy meal time and instruction time with their children, attend workshops, and gain knowledge about how to help their children learn and where to access community resources to enhance family support. 

The Baby Safety Shower is a community event for expecting and new parents.  Presentations, games and activities are offered to provide parents with information about various topics such as safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome, breast feeding, child development, and community resources.

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Tami Boling
Big Ugly Community Center
15 Rosewood Road
Harts, WV  25524
Phone:  304-855-5402
Fax:  304-855-5205
tboling@stepbystepwv.org
Lincoln County Partners in Prevention will continue to encourage families to increase their social connections and build their knowledge of child development and social & emotional development through monthly family nights, trainings, and community celebrations at the Big Ugly Community Center. These will include working with children and youth to develop short-term goals through the #achieve learning contract program each semester and helping parents and guardians develop a Protective Family Factors Plan. We will continue our effort to promote healthy eating habits and increased family-wide physical activity as well as host an expanded Community Kinship Shower that addresses needs surfaced through the family workshops. 

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Tasha Gibson
Step By Step, Inc.
P.O. Box 403
Mallory, WV  25634
Phone:  304-583-7027
tgibson@stepbystepwv.org
The Logan County PIP team will provide hands-on activities that highlight the five protective factors through: family nights at 8 Logan County afterschool programs, a collaborative Saturday Family program once per month and a family literacy project that gives away books tied to the concept that “we are all kin” exploring the strengths of diverse families.  The team will work with parents/guardians to support their children in setting and accomplishing short term goals through Strengths Corps mentoring project for at least 250 Logan youth that will include at least 2 family outings outside school settings.

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Frank Jarman
Marion County FRN
305 Washington Street
Fairmont, WV  26554
Phone: 304-366-4445
Fax: 304-366-4695
marioncountyfrn@gmail.com
Marion County Partners in Prevention will continue to engage and educate families regarding available resources through informative and useful events and experiences.  We believe having a solid education is a formative key in building strong families and communities, so we are working with Marion County Board of Education through our Education Matters initiative to reduce chronic truancy in Marion County.  Substance Abuse Prevention is key to strengthening safe and healthy families, and we are working to educate, protect and help families find resources when they are needed.  Planned community activities include:  Outside family movie nights and family swimming day. The Family Swimming Day is an event that engages service providers from across Marion County.  Resource booths are set up for all families to learn about supportive resources that are available for their families. 

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Susan Harrison
Executive Director
CASA for Children
258 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041
Phone: 304-810-0952
Fax:  304-810-4182
executivedirector@wvcasaforchildren.com
The Marshall County Partners in Prevention will:

  • Promote April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month through awareness activities, Children’s Day at the Courthouse and Pinwheels for Prevention.
  • Host educational activities for foster/adoptive/kinship parents.  This will include opportunities to address protective factors.  Partnering agencies will be invited to attend to provide information to families about services in our community. 
  • Host a series of parenting workshops focused on increasing protective factors.  Partnering agencies will provide the workshops free of cost to community members.  
  • Support a Journey of Hope program at a local child care center.
  • MCPIP will offer Making a DifferenceStewards of Children, and A Framework for Understanding Poverty training programs throughout the grant year. 

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Francesca Collins
Stop the Hurt, Inc.
601 Belcher Mountain Road
Welch, WV  24801
Phone: 304-436-1600
Fax: 304-436-8101
fmc_stopthehurt@yahoo.com
Stop the Hurt, Inc., offers programs and events such as “Teach to Reach” Fall Festivals where children, parents, and educators are invited for fun activities, finger print/DNA kits, lunch and information packets on awareness/prevention of child abuse. Stop the Hurt will collaborate with mental health providers and DHHR/CPS to obtain information on families who have had difficult struggles and who could benefit from a night of family fun, enjoying their time together on a Family Date Night. The family receives a gas card, four tickets to a movie, dinner card, and information on strengthening the family dynamic, anger management, etc., Diaper Days is an event in collaboration with BCPA, Unicare, and DHHR to provide car seats, strollers, diaper bags, etc., along with diapers and wipes. Community baby showers throughout the county provide information on SIDS, Safe & Sound Baby, Shaking Baby Syndrome, etc. to families. In addition to events and activities, Stop the Hurt is a Children’s Advocacy Center and offers direct services such as forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, case tracking/case review, advocacy support, therapy, and community outreach and education. Through therapy services, Stop the Hurt staff can offer counseling sessions to children and families regardless of ability to pay. 

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Michelle Hale
ChildLaw Services, Inc.
1505 Princeton Avenue
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-425-9973
Fax: 304-487-5733
michelle.childlawservices@gmail.com
ChildLaw Services will continue to meet the needs of the families we work with within our community.  We will continue to expand our youth development strategies by educating our youth to ensure they understand Protective Factors to continue to strengthen our families in areas of parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children.  Youth will continue to be challenged to utilize their new knowledge in addressing community needs, policies and legal issues.  We will also continue to educate school age children about Body Safety through our established Body Safety curriculum in partnership with Mercer County Schools.

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Dayla Harvey
Mineral County FRN
251 ½ West Piedmont Street
Keyser, WV 26726
Phone: 304-788-9099
Fax:  304-790-7919
mineralfamilyresourcenetwork@gmail.com
Dayla’s email: 
vc4mincocasa@gmail.com
Through the Mineral County PIP Team, it is the goal of this partnership to coordinate the following activities: 

  • Provide Healthy Relationships Child Sexual Abuse Trainings to local schools (grades Pre-K through 8th) as well as to adults, parents, and community.
  • Annual Grandparents and Me Day.
  • Annual Family Fun Day event.
  • Annual Community Informational Baby Shower.
  • Annual Child and Family Expo
  • Annual Foster Kinship Resource Forum
  • Provide Making a Difference training, an annual Childcare Provider Education Conference and Super Saturday event. 
  • Children’s Memorial Flag Day ceremony and media campaign for Child Abuse Prevention month; and
  • Promote child abuse and neglect prevention throughout the community.

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Amy Hannah
Mingo County FRN
P.O. Box 1335
Williamson, WV  25661
Phone: 304-784-0403
Fax: 304-235-2178
frndirector@hotmail.com
The Mingo County Partners In Prevention Team will continue to bring awareness to our communities through established events, such as flag raising ceremonies across the county, an awareness walk and recognition of Champions for Children, weekly activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month and a working Mom’s Day Out. We also plan to expand our efforts by incorporating the following new events:  Family Fun Day and Family Movie Nights. 

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Jessica Staley
United Way of Monongalia & Preston Counties
278C Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-296-7525
Fax: 304-296-6370
frn@unitedwaympc.org
The United Way Family Resource Network will work collaboratively with the Children and Family Leadership Council.  We will organize and participate in family-friendly events and health fairs that promote quality family time, supportive relationships and wellness.  Employing social media and marketing tools to emphasize the protective factors, especially during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we will raise awareness and educate the public about the protective factors to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.  We will involve parents and collaborating agencies to ensure there is training available to educate and engage child care providers and community members on topics specifically geared to benefit children and families.

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Michelle Groves McFall
Executive Director
Monroe County FRN
PO Box 737
Union, WV 24983
Phone: 304-772-5960
Fax: 304-772-4607
monroefrn@frontier.com
The Monroe County Partners in Prevention Team is excited to continue the highly anticipated activities and events that we have sponsored in previous years.  Our team offers a wide range of events that focus on promoting the protective factors for children and families. Our Community Baby Shower has been a huge success for many years and we will continue to offer this much needed educational event to families in Monroe County. This event is open to the first 30 families that register by the dead line date. Our team also offers a Family Fun event with a Christmas Story theme, and is a sanctioned field trip for Monroe County Schools. 

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Audrey Morris
Director
Morgan County Starting Points FRC
187 S. Green Street, Suite 3
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Phone: 304-258-5600
Fax: 304-258-6395
amorris@starting-points.org
The Morgan County PIP team is developing a consistent approach to educating community service providers, early childhood educators and care providers, members of our children’s protective services, community leaders, and the public in understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  In so doing, we believe that using an intentional systemic approach across organizations and with the public, we can create a network of support for families and increase social connectedness and therefore decrease the negative outcomes of ACEs. 

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Barbie Radcliff
Nicholas County Starting Points
PO Box 168
Richwood, WV 26261
Phone: 304-846-4479
radcliffbarb@hotmail.com
The Nicholas County PIP team provides families with a variety of educational opportunities, information packets, and knowledge of community resources through our Partners in Prevention grant.  Activities include hosting a Thanksgiving Lunch for the community; a Community Christmas Dinner and Christmas Caroling; Community Baby Shower; a Community Easter Egg Hunt; and a Fish-N-June event.  At each activity, parents receive information on child abuse prevention and community resources. 

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Claudia Raymer
Coordinator
Ohio County FRN
56 13th Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304-232-5600
Fax:  304-233-2447
ohiocountyfrn@yahoo.com
The Ohio County PIP Team will organize and host their 9th annual Partners in Prevention Conference, provide Stewards of Children / Darkness to Light workshops, and Mandated Reporter workshops to the community throughout the year.  April will be celebrated as Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness month through Pinwheels for PreventionWear Blue Day in local schools, holding the Deborah Doleski Allen Champion of Children Awards and hosting a Proclamation event by the Mayor.  In May, we will hold a Mental Health focused health fair at DHHR. Throughout the year we will also support implementation of Erin Merryn’s Law and a pilot project with Plans of Safe Care.

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Chris Merritt
PO Box 852
Franklin, WV  26807
Phone:  304-358-2603 / 304-668-1603
Fax:  304-212-7383
yram1949@hotmail.com
The Pendleton County PIP Team continues to build protective factors into the lives of children and families by enhancing family services and promoting connections among family-serving organizations in our community.  We will continue to stock a Baby Bank at our county-based Community Action office.  We will also continue the “Ways to Help Children Thrive” weekly tips in the Pendleton Times; and distribute the “We Both Read” books and gas cards for medical appointments (for children and their families) through our local clinic.  We will continue to educate the community about Adverse Childhood Experiences. We hope to build connections with our local “Community in Schools” representatives and facilitate “Connections Matter” awareness.  CAP month activities will continue to promote resiliency through positive messaging.

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Debbie Thompson
Pleasants County Committee on Family Issues
213 Second Street
St. Marys, WV  26170
Phone/Fax: 304-684-3962
Debbiethompson2187@gmail.com
The Pleasants County Partners in Prevention Team will continue to focus on promoting strong families and assisting them in building the protective factors necessary to help prevent Child Abuse and Neglect through Building AwarenessProviding Education and Inspiring Hope! We will work to accomplish our goals by sponsoring:  Community Baby Shower; “Healthy Family Fun Days”; Body Safety Program taught during our Safety Town Program; Foster Care Open House; Child Abuse Prevention activities throughout the year with emphasis on events planned during National CAP Month (Awareness Walk; Pinwheel Gardens; Pinwheel Coloring Contests; ”Celebration of Life” Ceremony. etc.); Back-to-School and other educational fairs; Domestic Violence referrals and outreach activities; Substance Abuse events; support “Handle With Care” Initiative in county school system; promote community discussion groups on the critical question of how to keep children free from abuse/neglect, etc. 

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Kendra Taylor
Pocahontas County Family Outreach and Education Center
P.O. Box 3
Marlinton, WV 24954
Phone: 304-799-6847
Fax:  304-799-6440
Kendra.34@gmail.com
The Pocahontas County Family Resource Network (PCFRN) offers 5 different family programs throughout the year- 1. Community Baby Safety Shower, 2. About Babies and Children Program, 3. Snuggle and Read, 4. Community Easter Egg Hunt, and 5. Father’s Day Event. The baby events are geared towards expectant parents and new parents. At these events, parents receive baby supplies and learn various parenting topics, including breastfeeding, immunizations, and health and wellness of baby and mother. At our events, families receive trainings and educational materials related to many topics, including Financial Literacy, Tobacco Prevention, Alcohol Prevention, Drug Prevention, and Child and Family Safety.  

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Kay DeWitt
Preston County Starting Points FRC
105 West High Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: 304-329-1968
Fax:  304-329-1967
kaydstartpt@aol.com
Preston County Partners in Prevention Team promotes strong and safe families through research-based programs and community outreach & education. Mandated Reporting educates adults on prevention and how to recognize and react responsibly to children that might disclose to an adult; as well as who and what to report for suspected child abuse. We also sponsor Community Baby Showers.  The showers provide parents with a variety of baby safety tips, illustration on Shaken Baby and Period of Purple Crying, car safety for car seats, child development and reporting child abuse.  We focus on Community Prevention through our Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign and mandated reporting trainings.  We partner with local agencies and child abuse prevention programs throughout the county.

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Michele Bowles
Regional FRN
1078 Main Street, Room 202
Elkview WV 25071
Phone / Fax: 304-414-4470
executivedirector@regionalfrn.org
A Community Baby Shower event will take place and target new, expecting, and especially young parents.  Presentations, games & activities will be offered to provide parents with information about various topics such as safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome, breastfeeding, child development, community resources, and more.  “What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick” books will be offered to families at various locations and also distributed through events such as the Pre-K registration and Kindermusik programs.  “Building Connections, Shaping Futures” booklets will be incorporated into the Kindermusik program in an effort to focus on encouraging healthy brain development and positive interaction between parents and infants or toddlers.  Approximately three Young Child Collaborative meetings will continue to take place in an effort to bring all young-child serving organizations in Putnam County to the table to work together.

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Scott Miller
Just for Kids, Inc.
129 Main Street, Suite 406
Beckley, WV  25801
Phone: 304-255-4834
Fax: 304-255-8982
Justforkidswv@gmail.com
Our PIP team will provide outreach in the community using the Stewards of Children workshop and materials from the National SHINE Campaign, Changing the Conversation about Child Sexual Abuse.  The team will conduct at least 10 Stewards of Children trainings during the year and have SHINE material available for FRN’s, child care centers, Child Advocacy Centers, churches and other religious institutions in the community, to engage adults around the issues of child sexual abuse, the protective factors and mandated reporting.

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Rebecca Vance
Randolph County FRN
PO Box 689
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone / Fax: 304-636-4454
rvance@rcfrn.org
The Randolph County Partners in Prevention Team will collaborate with a variety of community partners in order to deliver an all-encompassing positive approach to address the issue of child abuse within the county. The team will deliver evidence-based curriculum to Pre-K through first grade students by utilizing the “Child Protection Unit” and educate residents through Darkness to Light curriculum.  Protective factors will be addressed through the baby pantry, community baby shower and the development of a support group for new moms as well as providing support for the expansion of the grandparents group.  Members of the team will also participate in the Pride in the Park event, providing educational awareness and support for families, parents/caregivers of the identifying LGBTQ community.  

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Pam Ward
Ritchie County FRN
2479 Ellenboro Road, Suite D
Harrisville, WV  26362
Phone/Fax: 304-643-4187
pamrcfrn@gmail.com
The Ritchie County PIP Team will collaborate with other agencies to host several events throughout the year, including but not limited to, Back to School Event, Community Baby Shower, Celebration of Life Ceremony, FREE Movie/Family Fun Nights, Pinwheel Coloring Contest, along with guest speakers and other awareness/prevention activities.  The purpose of these events is to educate the citizens of Ritchie County on strengthening families and preventing child abuse.

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Jill Greathouse
Director
Roane County FRN
P.O. Box 322
Spencer, WV   25276
Phone: 304-927-6070
Fax: 304-927-6075
roanecountyfrn@frontier.com
The Roane County Partners in Prevention Team will continue to increase awareness of issues and strengthen families of Roane County by collaborating with fellow organizations to sponsor the following projects:  A Community Baby Shower, focusing on safety in the home, by providing education and resources for issues such as Shaken Baby Syndrome, the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as provide other resources relating to child abuse prevention.  ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ in collaboration with the Food 4 Kids program will provide non-perishable foods in backpacks for Roane County School students.  “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” will provide free prom dresses and accessories to local high school young women in need regardless of her personal and financial hardships.  The Back to School Bash in collaboration with the Roane County Prevention Coalition will provide local families with access to local resources.

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Doris Selko
REACHH Family Resource Center
411 Temple Street
Hinton, WV 25951
Phone: 304-466-2226
Fax: 304-466-0398
doris.starcher.selko@reachhfrc.org
Summers County Partners in Prevention Team will utilize PIP funding to work to prevent child abuse in our community.  We provide year-round services for children.  Our Afterschool program at the Hinton Area Elementary School is open to children in grades K-5.  It provides tutoring, homework help, activities and a healthy evening meal.  This year we began what we hope will be an annual project, teaching the kids in Summers County how to swim.  We believe that swimming is a “rite of passage” in a river community.  We want to not only increase their safety but also their self-esteem. 

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Cathy Coontz-Griffith
Taylor County Collaborative FRN
105 Beech Street
Grafton, WV  26354
Phone: 304-265-6838
Tccfrn1@gmail.com
The Taylor County PIP Team’s focus is to educate, enlighten, and instill the essence of the five protective factors for Taylor County families.  Education will focus on the prevention of child abuse & neglect; enlightenment on the topics surrounding substances and abuses of those substances; and the instilling of the essence of how to be a better, more well-rounded parent.  Taylor County PIP will use the Strengthening Families framework focusing on the five Protective Factors.  TCPIP wants to equip local families with the ability to use protective factors to overcome risk factors many families face in day-to-day life. TCPIP will accomplish this by:  hosting quarterly child-parent events that will highlight the best practices of the five protective factors within our community; provide monthly activities with our community partners for parents and children to instill social connectedness and community attachment; and celebrate and educate about child abuse prevention month.

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Angie Davis/April Miller
PAT/Tucker County FRN
100 Education Lane
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone/Fax: 304-478-3827
TCFRN Phone:  304-704-9927
foreverdavis@hotmail.com
tuckerfrn@hotmail.com
The Tucker County Partners in Prevention Team coordinates violence and neglect prevention projects that include education, resource identification and support programs. Tucker County PIP utilizes research-based curriculums that build family and youth capacity including: the Period of PURPLE Crying; Parents as Teachers; Darkness To Light/Stewards of Children; and Love & Logic. We conduct a countywide Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Campaign that takes place monthly and culminates in a series of special activities during April. We work with families, community agencies and local schools to promote community awareness events including school-based activities, playgroups, support groups, pantries, newborn welcome programs, and more.  All of our programming is available to families regardless of income and our message focuses on adults encouraging them to “make a difference in the life of a child!”

Team Leader

Project Description

Lori Ulderich Harvey
Upshur County FRN
PO Box 2115
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: 304-473-1051
Fax: 304-473-0945
upshurfrn@yahoo.com
The Upshur County Partners in Prevention envision a community where our families are safe and healthy.  Our goal is to be instrumental in providing increased knowledge and education of child abuse and neglect throughout our community.  To complete this goal, UCPIP will provide various prevention and wellness programs and opportunities that will assist our families and the service providers working with our children and families directly. Upshur PIP intends to provide:

  • Community Baby Shower
  • April Child Abuse Prevention Month events and activities, including Children’s Memorial Flag Day
  • Blue Ribbon Campaign throughout the year
  • Children’s Festival Activity and Public Awareness & Education Materials
  • Talking about Touching curriculum will be presented to Upshur County school students, by Child Advocacy Center staff
  • Upshur County Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Family Connections Family Socials
  • West Virginia Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Parade
  • National Night Out
  • Rachel’s Challenge
  • BPD Trunk or Treat
  • Foster Care / Adoption Support Group

Team Leader

Project Description

Sharlet Jarvis
Webster County Starting Points FRC
25 Mill Street
Cowen, WV 26206
Phone / Fax: 304-226-5000
wcstartingpoints@hotmail.com
The Webster County Partners in Prevention Team will continue to provide our Community Baby Safety Shower.  This event will provide newly expecting and young parents with information on community services for families. We will also be facilitating “Movie Nights” throughout the month of June.  These events will be held outside and open to the public.  The PIP Team and Glade Elementary School will work together to encourage participation in school and family events with the community.  Families that participate will be considered to receive a fun-filled “Family Night Out” package!  The package will include movie tickets, coupons for concessions and a dinner gift card.  We will celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month, including an event with our local elementary school.  

Team Leader

Project Description

Marsha Croasmun
Coordinator
Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, Inc.
2213 Mountaineer Hwy
New Martinsville, WV 26155
Phone: 304-455-2468
Fax: 304-455-1788
mcroasmun@wcccfwv.org
The Wetzel County PIP team will be hosting our annual Community Baby Safety Shower in the month of April.  Agencies will be invited to provide information about their services so that we may link new parents to resources that they may not be aware of. We also provide care seats, safety gates, and cribs for promotion of safety activities.  Also in April we will be implementing a mass media campaign via the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, Facebook posts, as well as Newspaper Articles in two county papers.  Throughout the year the team will be distributing Prevention Baby Bags for new parents. These bags will provide parents with essential baby information such as Our Babies: Baby Safe and SoundPeriod of PURPLE Crying, Car Seat Safety, etc. as well as provide parents with a county resource guide and information to link them to Parents as Teachers.

Team Leader

Project Description

Lisa Weaver
Children’s Home Society of WV
1717 St. Mary’s Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Phone: 304-485-0650
Fax: 304-485-0618
Lweaver@childhswv.org
The Wood County PIP Team’s project will focus on reducing food insecurity by empowering families to gain access to nutritious and affordable food, educating families how to live a healthier lifestyle, and enabling families to learn or improve their skills of cooking, budgeting and self-care. These activities will be carried out by sponsoring a Pop-Up market at McKinley Elementary School, where we will provide free produce for students and educate parents to use SNAP-Stretch benefits, co-sponsoring a Spring Learning Series, “Healthy Living on a Budget”, and supplementing the food pantry at our Family Resource Center. The PIP team will also coordinate family and community events such as a Community Baby Shower and Egg Hunt. 

Team Leader

Project Description

Liz Cochrane/Tina Acord
Wyoming County Family FRN & FRC
PO Box 183
Rock View, WV 24880
Phone: 304-923-9933
Fax:  304-202-0357
Lcochrane.38@gmail.com
The Wyoming County Partners in Prevention Team is very dedicated to continuing their work with their already established and future network of professionals and community members in the efforts of strengthening and educating our professionals, our youth and their families on the effects of child abuse and neglect.  Our long-term goal is to “STOP” the senseless abuse by continuing our prevention education awareness throughout our county.  Our PIP team will continue co-sponsoring community events, workshops, promote April Child Abuse Awareness Prevention Month and provide prevention trainings at our Wyoming County Family Resource Center for all our county youth, their families, and all those who want to attend.