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Be a Super Hero for kids. Dress as your favorite super hero and help raise money for child abuse/neglect prevention. Bring the whole family. Bismarck, August 8. Fargo, August 29. Register now.

(Posted June 18, 2015)


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How We Survive: A Conversation

Friday Evenings in North Dakota


How We Survive: Writing It Down

Saturday Mornings in North Dakota


We are all survivors of something. How do we survive? On Friday evenings around North Dakota, hear the hope-filled voices of survivors of childhood abuse. Preview the rough cut of our new 10-minute film. Then join the conversation about “how we survive” the challenges in our lives – whether caused by nature, life, or an injustice of some kind. This project brings people together through a common theme; everyone faces some type of struggle in their lives, and how we survive our challenges speaks to our common humanity. 

The Friday evening (6:30 PM) conversations will be facilitated by Brian Palecek, United Tribes Technical College instructor and humanities scholar.

On the following Saturday mornings (9 AM to noon), professional writers will offer engaging writing workshops to enhance creative exploration of "how we survive."

All events are FREE and open to the public. Attend one or all.

SPIRIT LAKE. June 19 & 20.

Where: Community (Blue) Building, 816 Third Ave N., Ft Totten.

When: Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am-noon.

Featured Author: Lenny Hayes, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate enrolled member.

Writing Workshop Leader: Darren Renville, of the Oak Lake Writers’ Society and Sisseton Wahpeton College, enrolled member of Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.

Light supper and breakfast snacks will be served.

FARGO. June 26 & 27.

Where: Richard Barry Hall, 811 Second Ave. N., Fargo.

When: Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday from 9 am-noon.

Featured Authors: Troy White, of; Rhonda Lura, Mrs. Carrington International; and others TBA.

Writing Workshop Leader: Kelly Sassi, of the Red River Valley Writing Project and NDSU.

Light refreshments will be served. SIGN LANGUAGE interpretation will be provided on Friday and Saturday.

MINOT. September 25 & 26.

Details forthcoming.

Light supper and breakfast snacks will be served. 


Details forthcoming.

Writing Workshop Leader: Peter Grimes, of Dickinson State University.


We hope you can join us! We are seeking sign language interpreters for each event. Please contact Karen Van Fossan or Ronya Hoblit at 701.223.9052 if you need sign language interpretation or have other questions.

Authentic Voices, a project of PCAND, works to amplify the hope-filled voices of survivors of childhood abuse. Authentic Voices is made possible through the generosity of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. This series of community conversations is made possible in part through the generosity of the North Dakota Humanities Council.

   (Updated July 1, 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.

(Updated June 5, 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)


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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