Be informed. Help stop child abuse by knowing what it looks like. Child Abuse is non-discriminatory as it occurs among all ethnicities, religions, socio-economic statuses, cultures and backgrounds.

Legal Operations Update with MCAP Senior Staff Attorney Sharon Hofer

COVID 19 has affected all of us, on so many levels. While there is light at the end of the tunnel, every day we learn of more children being harmed by family members. Families have struggled and continue to struggle during this pandemic. Unfortunately, the effect of the pandemic on our mental health will not subside as soon as life returns to “normal.†  […]

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Tips for Managing Stress in Stressful Times

by Ingrid Parker, LPC, MCAP’s Director of Community Partnerships Since March of 2020, our world has changed dramatically â€“ and will continue to change. Our hopes, fears, expectations, stressors and anxiety have heightened with the ever-changing information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, we are survivors and we are managing these changes. As we continue to effectively manage the changes resulting from this pandemic, it […]

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#MondayMotivation: three new staff members!

This last Monday of National Child Abuse Prevention Month we are introducing you to the newest members of our MCAP Family: PFA (Protection From Abuse) Staff Attorney Eileen Schaeffer, Director of Community Partnerships Ingrid Parker, LPC, and Compliance Coordinator Annette Long-Tulio. They all joined us within the last eight months. […]

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Is child trafficking happening in your community?

Child trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining a child for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Under federal law, sex trafficking (such as prostitution, pornography, exotic dancing, etc.) does not require there be force, fraud, or coercion if the victim is under 18.  […]

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What is child abuse?

Child abuse, according to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), means intentionally, knowingly or recklessly doing any of the following: Causing bodily injury to a child through any recent act or failure to act. Fabricating, feigning or intentionally exaggerating or inducing a medical symptom or disease which results in a […]

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Child abuse statistics

In the USA: A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Every year referrals to state child protective services involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report. And the impacts are devastating: Between four and seven children die each […]

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Warning signs of child abuse

Be aware of the warning signs of child abuse. Physical Abuse Warning Signs: Injuries on children where children do not usually get injured (e.g., torso, back, neck, ears, buttocks, or thighs) Withdrawn, fearful or extreme behavior Flinches easily or avoids being touched Neglect Warning Signs: Frequently fatigued Parentified behaviors (child […]

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Resources for children and families in need

Pennsylvania CHILDLINE Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance protect our children through education, information and action. Visit site Montgomery Child Office of Children and Youth The Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth, under Pennsylvania law, is mandated to investigate all reports of suspected abuse, neglect, or dependency of children from birth […]

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Are you a mandated reporter?

Adults in the following positions are required by law to report if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse. A person licensed or certified to practice in any health-related field under the jurisdiction of the Department of State. A medical examiner, coroner […]

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Who is a perpetrator?

A perpetrator of child abuse can be a child’s parent, the person responsible for the welfare of a child such as a babysitter or day care staff person, an individual residing in the same home as the child who is at least 14 years of age, or a paramour of […]

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