How We Survive: ND Conversations


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(L to R: Karen Van Fossan, PCAND Communications Director; Ronya Hoblit, PCAND Intern; Brenna Gerhardt, ND Humanities Council Executive Director; Stacy L. Schaffer, ND Humanities Council Development Officer; Kenneth Glass, ND Humanities Council Associate Director)

We are honored to announce that our Authentic Voices project has received a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council! This funding will support interactive, community-based programs around the state, focused on "how we survive" the challenges or trials of our lives. Stay tuned for details and an invitation!

(Posted May 5, 2015)


Authentic Voices: How We Survive 


Authentic Voices book release film preview 4-30-15


We are full of gratitude to the 110+ people who helped us release our new book, "Authentic Voices: How We Survive" -- and preview the rough cut of our 10-minute movie. 

For pictures, visit our Facebook page or visit here again soon. Special thanks to Vicky Nguyen of KFYR-TV for her sensitive coverage of child abuse and its prevention.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to request a copy of the book.

(Updated May 1, 2015)


Plates for Prevention


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Thank You for Raising Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015!

Many thanks to these Bismarck restaurants -- Bruno's Pizza, Blarney Stone, Fiesta Villa, MacKenzie River, Fireflour, and the Pier -- for donating 10% of Monday's sales to PCAND.

Authentic Voices is a project of PCAND that works to amplify the hope-filled voices of survivors of childhood abuse. This fundraising event helped raise funds for a new multimedia project, including a second volume of the Authentic Voices poetry/essay book and two short films that will be used as teaching tools across North Dakota.

The event was brought to you by members of the 2015 Women's Leadership Program of the Center for Technology & Business. Visit our Facebook page for great pics!

(Updated April 28, 2015)


Home Alone?


Is your child ready to be at home alone? A great brochure, "Home Alone: Is Your Child Ready?" gives guidance and answers to some of the FAQs about child supervision. Special thanks to the ND Department of Human Services, Children & Family Services Division.

(Posted April 15, 2015)



Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Was Child Abuse Prevention Month


CAP Month girls with pinwheelsDuring the month of April, communities around the country celebrated children and made a special commitment to prevent childhood abuse and neglect. We hope you were able to participate in the vast variety of activities to build community and support families in North Dakota. The 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Month Calendar was full of wonderful programs and events! Visit again soon for pictures of the month's events.

(Updated May 1, 2015)



 Home Visiting Conference

"Substance Abuse & Its Effect on Home Visiting"


Linda 3Thanks to the 150+ attendees of the 2015 conference on Friday, April 17, for helping to make the event so significant! We will soon post links to the power point for our keynote  presenter, Linda Carpenter of Children and Family Futures, who spoke about the needs of substance-exposed infants and their families. 

(Updated April 21, 2015)


Proclamation Celebration

See the Children. Hear the Music. Feel the Hope.


Thank you to everyone who made the "See It. Hear It. Feel It" event so incredibly wonderful! Check out the Bismarck Tribune's inspiring photos, and, if you're on Facebook, you can like the pics on our page. 

Special congratulations to the 2015 Caring Community Award recipients! They are Spirit Lake Home Visiting Program, Turtle Mountain Home Visiting Program, Kenmare Safe Community Coalition, TEAM KAIZEN, and HIT, Inc.  

(Updated April 6, 2015)


Caring Community Awards



Caring CommunityWe are honored to announce five recipients of the 2015 Caring Community AwardSpirit Lake Home Visiting Program, Turtle Mountain Home Visiting Program, Kenmare Safe Community Coalition, TEAM KAIZEN, and HIT, Inc.

A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of preventing child abuse and neglect. A caring community may be an organization of like-minded individuals, an entity like a business or agency, or a full town or neighborhood that has many entities working together to support children. These communities help prevent isolation of children and families -- and are crucial to preventing the stressors that can lead to child maltreatment.

Awardees will be celebrated throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month, featured on local media, and recipients of great multigenerational prizes. Thanks to all who made nominations this year!

(Updated March 5, 2015)


2015 Legislative Session


nd capitolThe 64th legislative session is underway, and we are advocating regularly for children and families. We also provide bill tracking services on behalf of the North Dakota Children's Justice Alliance. Visit our Legislative Session 2015 page for ongoing updates. For  additional information, contact Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director, at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @

(Updated April 6, 2015) 


  Hello, Kids! 


Thank you for visiting.

It's not easy to talk about child abuse. But to end it, we need to talk about it. Every kid deserves to be safe. Would you like to help?

You can... (Click on the pics.)


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If you are not safe, talk to a trusted adult. If you don't get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help.

Come back again! And check out our coloring books today.

(Updated March 5, 2015)


0% Child Abuse


Can you envision it? What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%? What if every child in North Dakota could wake up every morning nurtured and safe? What if the solutions were in our hands?

North Dakota now has a concrete vision for eliminating child abuse and neglect:

1. Community.

2. Commitment.

3. Access.

4. Policy.

Look at our easy-to-read Vision for North Dakota's Families. Then contact info @ to give us your feedback, share your vision, and get your community -- or yourself -- involved. 

(Updated January 13, 2014)


Adverse Childhood Experiences


"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," the North Dakota Department of Health reports. A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. The survey shows that nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs -- which translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.

(Posted October 10, 2013)


"What Can I Do?"


Make a Personal Commitment to Prevention

As an adult, I understand that I can help prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families and communities to be nurturing to children. I commit to:

1.      Consider how any decision would impact child abuse and neglect. Would this decision – in my personal, work, or social life – make children more or less vulnerable? How would it support families and communities to be nurturing to children?

2.      Be a supportive neighbor. If I see a family or child under stress, how can I be caring and supportive? Instead of viewing the family or child as outsiders, how can I offer them a sense of belonging in the community?

3.      Report suspected child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused and neglected need support from trained adults. If I am concerned that a child may be abused or neglected, I will contact the police or social services, anonymously if necessary; if nothing seems to change, I will contact them again.

(Posted September 2013)





There are many ways to join TEAM PCAND. You can be a friend to a child, help a parent or caregiver, start a block party, report suspected abuse, and more.

Now you can also purchase a TEAM PCAND running jersey! Each jersey is just $20, plus $5 shipping and handling. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 701.223.9052 and order yours today! Supplies are limited.

(Posted August 29, 2013)


Suspected Child Neglect/Abuse

If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is crucial that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.

(Posted February 22, 2013)


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