School Of Public Health Receives Award To Support Helpline, Prevent Child Abuse Across Georgia

ATLANTA–State officials have awarded $82,500 to Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, part of the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, to support the state’s 1-800-CHILDREN  Helpline.

The funds were awarded by Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) as a one-year pilot contract to support the DFCS Call Center.

The 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline is a top resource for preventing child maltreatment by providing information and referral services that promote the wellbeing of children while preventing child abuse and neglect. The Helpline equips citizens with the resources and knowledge necessary to promote positive parenting.

Thanks to financial support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the free resource, which had shut down in 2011, was re-started by PCA Georgia in February 2014. The new state funding allowed the Helpline to expand its service hours, effective Monday, March 2, to 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

“Expanding the Helpline and an expanded collaboration with DFCS is wonderful news for Georgia families, children and for PCA Georgia,” said Dr. John R. Lutzker, director of the Center for Healthy Development, the home for PCA Georgia in the School of Public Health.

“The Helpline serves many purposes as a resource for parents, other members of the public and for professionals. Collaborating with DFCS means the ability to have much broader reach across the state and for PCA Georgia to work closely together on meeting the needs of families.”

PCA Georgia is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. The organization provides statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy children and develop strong families through its prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs and advocacy. Visit www.preventchildabusega.org for more information.