The West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund funds Partners in Prevention (PIP), a statewide network of community teams implementing a variety of projects that strengthen families, protect children, and engage the public in these efforts.

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Ami Sirbaugh
Children’s Home Society of WV
653 Winchester Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-264-0225
Fax: 304-264-2084
asirbaugh@childhswv.org
The Berkeley-Jefferson PIP collaborative will host our Annual Prevention Recognition event held in April 2022 to promote community awareness of Prevention initiatives and encourage community participation. This event will happen in person or virtually depending on the state of the pandemic. We will maintain our partnership efforts with the Winchester Avenue Elementary School to offer family engagement events in fall 2021 and spring 2022 and expand these efforts to Berkeley Heights Elementary School. These events will support resiliency and offer fun parent/child activities and include virtual educational elements. The Team will also continue to 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.

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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 parents and 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 Teacher Resources for Addiction Impact Now (TRAIN) 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 resources to assist with safe sleep by providing Safe Sleep Survival Kits.

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Jeffrey Evans
Cabell County FRN
1002 3rd Avenue, 3rd Floor
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone: 304-633-5990
jevans@cabellfrn.org

Building strong families and strong communities is at the root of preventing child abuse and neglect. Cabell County’s Partners in Prevention activities for this year include:

  • A digital marketing campaign with distribution of pinwheels to local business sites, raising awareness of the role everyone can play in child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Cabell County Safe Baby Shower for new and expectant mothers in May 2022
  • Girl Power Event providing wellness resources to middle school girls in Cabell County

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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 FRC will hold (1) one-time PIP event and provide an after-school program on an ongoing basis:

HAMS4FAMS COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS EVENT – We will provide an array of activities and parent education to enhance parenting skills and emphasize the importance of family engagement. We will also provide children’s 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 8X10 family photos. Resource and referral agencies will be asked to attend as well. (WIC, DHHR, Birth to Three, etc.)

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM – We will collaborate with Valley PreK8 School to provide a free after-school program for those children who are identified as LSES (low socioeconomic status.) Children will be provided with snack, project time (including science experiments, cooking activities, gardening projects, and much more), outdoor/indoor gross motor activities, journaling, reading enrichment, homework help and game time. We also hope to offer resources to the families of these children, addressing topics such as parent/family engagement, discipline, invitations to upcoming events, etc.

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Jessica Greenlief
Gilmer County FRN
P.O. Box 115
208 East Main Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Phone/Fax: 304-462-7545
gilmercountyfrn@gmail.com
The Gilmer County Partners in Prevention Team will facilitate a drive-through community baby shower while providing resource guides and mental health support information. We will continue optimizing our community Blessing Boxes, and work on developing further Blessing Boxes throughout the community. Our team is also planning on providing and showcasing pinwheel gardens throughout Gilmer County during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

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Martha Garton
Grant County Family Issues Task Force
600 Circle Drive
Petersburg, WV 26847
Phone:  304-257-9788 or 304-703-9788
marthagarton@frontier.com

The Grant County PIP Team will link with the Energy Express program to provide support for a parent night, mentor training, and child abuse prevention programming (if in-person programming is not possible, this will be virtual). The team will conduct a baby shower for new parents to present information on safety and parenting and to support the Baby Bank for Grant County parents. We are supporting safe sleep information and onesies for every baby born at our local hospital as well as child car seats for any parents who can’t afford them. We will also provide supplies for a diaper bank for parents in need.

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.

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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 young people, 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 child & baby pantry, to provide concrete support for county residents in need. The pantry supplies items for safe travel, safe sleep, and diaper needs. This is located at the Catholic Charities office. The team partners with existing groups to improve outcomes for children and families including: Energy Express, Back2School Backpacks, a community baby shower, and safe sleep information for new parents who deliver at Grant Memorial Hospital. The 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 child and baby pantry located at the Eastern Regional FRN. Celebrate the Family is a free annual event held in June that promotes social connections and 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, Children’s Flag Day, and planting of pinwheel gardens.

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Jayne Landacre
Harrison County Child Advocacy Center
229 West Main Street, Suite 500
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: 304-622-0375
jllandacre@harrisoncountychildadvocacycenter.com
The Harrison County Partners in Prevention team will concentrate efforts on raising community awareness of child abuse and presenting clear action steps to respond to children in need. Our team will partner with Harrison County banks during Child Abuse Prevention Month and use the “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign to raise awareness and distribute child abuse prevention materials. We will educate the community on ways to prevent child abuse, signs to watch for, and how to respond to keep children safe.

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Diane Hughes
Kanawha County Starting Points FRC
Attn: Nicholas County Empowerment Corporation, Inc.
P.O. Box 168
Richwood, WV 26261
Phone: 304-993-6919
dchughes@mail.kana.k12.wv.us
The Kanawha County Starting Points Family Resource Center will engage children in an afterschool program to enhance learning by offering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics approach. When children have the opportunity to learn through fun, they feel free to explore and experiment with a variety of ways to solve problems. By tapping into what sparks the interest of a child they will retain what they learn and apply their knowledge to everyday life. The children will learn about the value of working together for a common goal which will enhance school success and the quality of their future.

*The Kanawha County Starting Points FRC is located at Sharon Dawes Elementary.

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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
(Step by Step Inc.)
15 Rosewood Road
Harts, WV 25524
Phone: 304-855-5402
Fax: 304-855-5205 (call first)
tboling@stepbystepwv.org

Lincoln PIP hosts monthly Saturday programs for area families and provides early childhood packets for families to take home. These activity packets include: Literacy activities and books for building home libraries, recipes for healthy family meals. In-person and livestreamed activities include cooking, sewing, STEAM and social and emotional support, and events such as dances, movie nights and musical performances. A kinship care group will provide social and peer support time including guest speakers and parent led presentations on services they have found helpful. Multiple delivery methods (in person, livestreams and delivery of “remote” packets ensure flexibility during Covid.)

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Tasha Gibson
Step By Step, Inc.
P.O. Box 403
Mallory, WV 25634
Phone: 304-687-2167
tgibson@stepbystepwv.org
Logan’s Partners in Prevention team engages families in joy-filled activities in healthy food, arts and STEM, family literacy, and self-care. These include gathering recipes and cooking healthy meals, building a family library of at least ten books per child, and hands-on home activities that highlight child development and address social and emotional challenges. Each event also provides opportunities to assess family members’ needs and connect them with concrete resources. We do this through a variety of methods—in-person family nights, sending home family activity packets through after-school and pre-K programs, and virtually shared Facebook Livestream events.

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Frank Jarman
Marion County FRN
305 Washington Street
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: 304-366-4445
Fax: 304-368-0958
marioncountyfrn@gmail.com
Marion County Partners in Prevention will continue to educate families regarding available resources in the community. The team has developed a weekly podcast called Family Business that addresses issues that face families today. Through cooperation with other Marion County agencies that serve children and families, we invite agency representatives to educate our listeners on the services available to them which will help them to strengthen their families and facilitate the development of safe and healthy communities.

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Susan Harrison
CASA for Children
407 Morton Ave.
Moundsville, WV 26041
Phone: 304-233-0333
executivedirector@wvcasaforchildren.com
The Marshall County Partners in Prevention will:

  • Host workshops for foster/adoptive/kinship parents and grandfamilies as well as parenting workshops focused on increasing protective factors.
  • Hold relationship education series, both in person and online via the Zoom platform and shared via YouTube and social media.
  • Offer Making a Difference, Stewards of Children, and A Framework for Understanding Poverty training programs throughout the grant year. These will be offered through the same online modalities.
  • Promote April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month through awareness activities, although the mechanism for which this is done is still to be determined based on covid-19 guidelines.

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Summer Bailey
Stop the Hurt, Inc.
601 Belcher Mountain Road
Welch, WV 24801
Phone: 304-436-1600
Fax: 304-436-8101
summer_stopthehurt@yahoo.com
Stop the Hurt, Inc. conducts programs, events and activities that provide community outreach and services for children and families. “Teach to Reach” summer and fall festivals will take place and information packets on awareness/prevention of child abuse and neglect will be distributed. “Family Date Night” will provide struggling families a night of family fun at dinner and a movie. The family will receive a gas card, 4-6 movie tickets, and a dinner as well as information on strengthening family dynamics, anger management, better parenting, etc. “Diaper Days” provides new mothers and fathers with car seats, strollers, diaper bags, diapers, and wipes. Stop the Hurt also co-hosts community baby showers, school events, and other community outreach programs to provide parents with items and information on SIDS, Safe Sleep, Shaken Baby Syndrome, etc.

This year, Stop the Hurt, Inc. has expanded services to include Wyoming County, WV and staff will implement direct services and public education to the community as well.

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Cathy Wallace
ChildLaw Services, Inc.
1505 Princeton Avenue
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-425-9973
Fax: 304-487-5733
cathy.childlawservices@gmail.com

ChildLaw Services will continue to expand our youth development strategies by educating youth on Protective Factors and strengthening their families in the 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. Middle and High School youth will be challenged to utilize their new knowledge in addressing community needs, policies and legal issues.

This grant will also implement a Body Safety curriculum for school aged children in Mercer and Putnam County school systems.

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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

Through the Mineral County PIP Team, it is the goal of this partnership to coordinate the following activities:

  • Provide child abuse and neglect trainings to Mineral County BOE and schools
    Annual Grandparents and Me Day
  • Provide resources for kinship/foster families
  • Annual Community Baby Shower
  • Annual Child and Family Expo
  • Children’s Memorial Flag Day Ceremony and media campaign for child abuse prevention
  • Promote child abuse and neglect prevention involving community residents, business owners and youth
  • Host service providers at the Gerri Mason Family Simulation Center to provide hands-on parenting curriculum

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Amy Hannah
Mingo County FRN
P.O. Box 1335
Williamson, WV 25661
Phone: 304-235-5607
Fax: 304-235-3403
frndirector@hotmail.com

The Mingo County Partners In Prevention Team will:

  • Host at least one farm to table Dinner
  • Community baby shower
  • Mom’s Day Out event
  • Family Fun Day
  • Place custom garden flags at each school for Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month
  • Flag raising ceremonies and pinwheel gardens for CAP month
  • Champion for Children Awards
  • Host 2 virtual trainings

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Abbie Wallace, FRN Manager
United Way of Monongalia & Preston Counties
278C Spruce Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-296-7525
Direct: 304-322-2062
Fax: 304-296-6370
janette@unitedwayMPC.org
The United Way Family Resource Network will work collaboratively with the Monongalia Child Advocacy Center, CASA for Kids, and Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. We will work together to provide trainings, events and materials on child abuse and neglect with a focus on drug endangered children. Social media and marketing tools will be used 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 childcare providers and community members on topics specifically geared to benefit children and families.

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Michelle Groves McFall
Monroe County Coalition for Children and Families
PO Box 737
Union, WV 24983
Phone: 304-772-5960
Fax: 304-772-4607
michellemcfall@monroefrn.com
The Monroe County Partners in Prevention Team is excited to continue the activities and events that we have sponsored in previous years. Our Annual Community Baby Shower has been a huge success for many years and we will host one this year. The shower will be open to the first 30 families that register and they will receive much needed baby items and education about infant milestones and other topics. Representatives from the following agencies will be in attendance: Birth to Three, Right From the Start, Early Headstart and Headstart, WIC, local child care centers, the school nurse, and many others. We will also hold a monthly giveaway of diapers and wipes to Monroe County families as needed. Lastly, our team offers a Family Fun event with a Spring Farm theme and is a sanctioned field trip for Monroe County Schools.

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Audrey Morris
Morgan County Starting Points FRC
106 Sand Mine Rd, Suite 6
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 and child abuse and neglect.

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Barbie Radcliff
Nicholas County Starting Points FRC
PO Box 168
Richwood, WV 26261
Phone: 304-846-4479
Fax: 304-846-4478
radcliffbarb@hotmail.com

We will hold several activities this year, the first one is our Back to School Bash, Nifty Thrifty Treasure Hunt, Thanksgiving Luncheon, Thanksgiving Food Baskets, Community Christmas Dinner, Christmas Food Baskets, Community Baby Shower, Growing Our Community Together (Community Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt) and Fishing in June.

We also host a food, baby and hygiene pantry as well as a soup kitchen for parents and families in Nicholas County.

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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 Partners in Prevention team will provide Darkness to Light and Stewards of Children workshops as well as Mandated Reporter training for professionals, parents, and community members. We provide professional development opportunities on evidence-based and relevant issues in child abuse prevention. During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we honor community members during the Deborah Doleski Allen Champion of Children Awards, display Pinwheels for Prevention across the county, hold a Wear Blue Day in partnership with local schools and share information with caregivers about Strengthening Protective Factors. Other community events are held throughout the year to support child abuse prevention.

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Toniue Dyer
PO Box 100
Franklin, WV 26807
Phone: 304-358-2355 Ext. 1120
Fax: 304-358-7195
tdyer@pcc-nfc.org
The Pendleton County PIP Team strives to build protective factors in the lives of children and families by enhancing the services of family-serving organizations and promoting connections among families in our community. We will continue to stock a baby bank to assist families in need throughout the year. During the month of April, we display signs, banners, pinwheels and posters throughout our county. Our local fire departments assist our grade schools with hanging the banner and placing pinwheels in front of local schools as a show of support. “Paint the town blue” is an activity which allows any child to participate in placing ribbons, pinwheels, and other awareness materials in the town of Franklin. We will also provide weekly tips to help children thrive in our local newspaper and distribute “We Both Read” books through our local pediatric office.

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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 Awareness, Providing Education and Inspiring Hope! We will work to accomplish our goals by sponsoring: Community Baby Showers; “Healthy Family Fun Days”; Body Safety Programs; Healthy Grandfamilies Program; Back-to-School Fairs and educational presentations; supporting foster care; and other child abuse prevention activities throughout the year. Our “Blessings Pantry” helps diminish the food disparities in our community. We also provide domestic violence referrals and outreach, as well as substance use disorder (SUD) education (QRT and SMART Recovery). We work with the school system to support the “Handle With Care” initiative and promote community discussion groups on the critical question of how to keep children free from abuse and neglect.

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Kendra Taylor
Pocahontas County FRN/PCFOEC
P.O. Box 3
Marlinton, WV 24954
Phone: 304-799-6847
Kendra.34@gmail.com
The Pocahontas County Family Resource Network (PCFRN) offers 5 different family programs throughout the year:
Community Baby Safety Shower
About Babies and Children Classes
Snuggle and Read
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Father’s Day Event.
At each event, participants receive trainings, resources, and educational materials relevant to the event, such as diapers and wipes at the ABC Classes or information on the importance of bonding with your child at the Father’s Day event. Topics covered at events include: Health and Wellness of Children and Caregivers, Literacy Education, Substance Abuse and Prevention, and Child and Family Safety.

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Richelle Layman
Preston County Starting Points FRC
105 West High Street
Kingwood, WV 26537
Phone: 304-329-1968
Fax:  304-329-1967
richelleprestonfrn@yahoo.com
Preston County Partners in Prevention Team promotes strong and safe families through research-based programs, community outreach and education. Stewards of Children “Darkness to Light” educates adults on prevention and how to recognize and react responsibly to children that might disclose to an adult. We also sponsor community baby showers, which provide parents with a variety of baby safety tips, information on Shaken Baby and Period of Purple Crying, car seat safety, child development and reporting child abuse. We focus on community prevention through our Pinwheel Campaign and mandated reporter trainings. We partner with local agencies and child abuse prevention programs throughout the county.

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Alisha Dumrongkietiman
So-Kai Unlimited LLC
1 Valley Park Rd.
Hurricane, WV 25526
Phone: 304-633-2818
So-kai@outlook.com

The Regional Family Resource Network (RFRN) will host eight activities this year and will partner with community organizations for three additional holiday events. Activities include:

  • Teen Leadership Camp
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Tree Lighting at Valley Park
  • Early childhood training event
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month activities
  • First Responder Appreciation event
  • Community Lunch and Learn at Valley Park
  • Weekly Kindermusik and Arts sessions

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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
director@jfkwv.com
The Raleigh County PIP team will provide outreach within the community using the Stewards of Children workshop and materials from the National SHINE Campaign. We will conduct at least 10 Stewards of Children trainings to engage adults around the issues of child sexual abuse, preventative education, and mandated reporting. We will also be hosting an outdoor Family Day in September for families effected by child abuse. Lastly, we will host our very first 5k run in the spring of 2022 to engage families in more physical activities and bring awareness alongside our “Plant a Pinwheel for Prevention” event.

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Gillian Adams
Randolph County FRN
PO Box 689
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304-636-4454
rcfrndirector@gmail.com
The Randolph County Partners in Prevention Team will collaborate with a variety of community partners 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, foster care backpack program, 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: 304-643-2022
pamrcfrn@gmail.com

The Ritchie County PIP Team will host several events throughout the year, including:

  • Free Movie Night/School Supply Distribution to Ritchie County students
  • Community Baby Shower
  • TLC Pregnancy Center events
  • Christmas Event
  • Celebration of Life Ceremony
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month activities
  • Family Activity Kits
  • Trunk or Treat events
  • Emergency Child Care Needs

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Corie Whiting
Roane County FRN
216 Market Street
Spencer, WV 25276
Phone: 304-927-6070
roanecountyfrn@frontier.com
The Roane County Partners in Prevention Team will increase awareness and strengthen families by providing key resources and educational opportunities that will serve to strengthen bonds and promote equitable access to necessities regardless of socioeconomic status. The team will conduct a community baby shower in which families will have access to professionals regarding infant care, safe sleep practices, substance use in pregnancy, etc. The team will provide backpacks for students to utilize during the Annual Back to School Bash. Additionally, the team will help establish and strengthen school-based resource closets where students can access clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and non-perishables at no cost. Resource closets will promote equitable access to basic needs and serve to relieve financial burdens of families as needed.

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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 make sure that students’ needs are met in both academic and nutritional areas. REACHH has provided afterschool activities for several years and hopes to do so this year pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. REACHH will continue to provide tutoring and homework assistance in-person and virtually when needed. We began a mobile food pantry and will travel to several parts of the county to ensure that food insecurities are addressed. The mobile food pantry will provide meals to families monthly. We maintain a food, cleaning and hygiene pantry at our present location for those who need items between deliveries and regular pantry days.

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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 various parent/child events and activities. 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 risks 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 (face-to-face or virtual) 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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Sandra Bohon
Tucker County Starting Points
100 Education Lane
Parsons, WV 26287
Phone: 304-478-3827
Fax: 304-478-9966
tuckerfamilyresources@gmail.com
The Tucker County Partners in Prevention Team coordinates positive family and youth development projects that include prevention 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; and Darkness To Light/Stewards of Children. We conduct a county-wide 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 the schools to promote community awareness events including 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!”.

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Lori Ulderich Harvey
Upshur County FRN
PO Box 2115
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: 304-473-1051
upshurfrn@yahoo.com

The Upshur County Partners in Prevention team envisions 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 prevention 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
  • Blue Ribbon Campaign throughout the year
  • Children’s Festival Activity and Public Awareness & Education Materials
  • Upshur County Healthy Grandfamilies
  • Upshur County Foster Care and Adoption Support Group
  • Family Connections Family Socials
  • West Virginia Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Parade
  • National Night Out
  • Rachel’s Challenge
  • UCFRN Trunk or Treat
  • Upshur County Tobacco Prevention Coalition Awareness and Activities
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Warm Wishes Tree
  • Curry Library Glow Stick Party
  • Festival Fridays

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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 host a Community Baby Safety Shower. This event will provide expecting women and young parents with information on programs and community services for families. We will also be facilitating a series of “Movie Nights” during May and June 2022. This event will be held outside and open to the public. We will celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, including an event at 2 of our local elementary schools. Each class within the schools will be given several pinwheels and must come up with their own unique display promoting Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Team Leader

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Marsha Croasmun
Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, Inc.
128 Main Street
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 car 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 Sound, Period 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.

Meal preparation classes will be provided in collaboration with WVU Extension and the local farmer’s market. We will also support families in gardening and canning (either individual gardens or community gardens).

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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 will continue our previous project of building healthier lifestyles by empowering families and Grandfamilies to gain access to food, encouraging children to engage in physical activity, and enabling families to participate in activities together. We will support Jefferson Elementary Center by providing supplies and Family Activity bags as part of their “Pay It Forward” Project. These bags, also to be distributed through the Mid-Town Family Resource Center, could include meal ingredients, hygiene or cleaning products, information and a family activity. Assistance may also be provided to support the school’s clothing closet, gardening project and an archery program.

Team Leader

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Liz Cochrane
Wyoming County FRC

Tina Acord
Wyoming County FRN

PO Box 1802
Pineville, WV 24874
Phone: 304-923-9933
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 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.