Champions For Children extends all good thoughts to you and your families as we work through this challenging time.
We would like you to know that we continue to work online at this time but our trainings and events are being rescheduled to keep everyone safe and well. Both the Quack 5K, our first professionally managed race scheduled for April 25, 2020, and the Breakfast of Champions 2020 are being delayed until this viral threat has subsided and we are able to focus energetically on the job of preventing abuse from ever happening.
Our website will remain a resource for understanding the crucial importance of effective prevention strategies. Our new What’s UP? column will be active and will provide you important and current summaries of great articles on prevention and effective initiatives.
Let’s not for one minute forget the children that COVID 19 is affecting – the children now at home out of the safety net of school settings. Please continue to stay informed and be aware of the children around you: help them in any way you are able. Thank you for being a Champion For Children.
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Champions For Children: Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads is a 501 (c) 3 organization that has served the Hampton Roads region since 1983 in the quest to prevent child abuse and neglect. Champions For Children focuses its efforts and resources on public awareness, education and advocacy for the prevention of all forms of child abuse and neglect.
Does the impact of abuse cost communities?
The cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States is estimated at $258 million per day, according to a study by Prevent Child Abuse America.
Why so costly?
Hospitalizations, involvement in social service systems, mental health care, child welfare, law enforcement and criminal justice courts – it all adds up …
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
Watch our video to learn more…
Champions for Children: Prevent Child Abuse works to prevent all forms of child abuse in the Hampton Roads region.
Why? Because child abuse is one of the most, if not the most, difficult and potentially harmful life events that a child ever endures. Both the emotional and economic costs of child abuse are staggering.
We take evidence-based, nationally documented solutions (we read the research) and deliver them to the citizens of Hampton Roads
Research findings are in abundance and clearly indicate that child abuse is preventable using effective public awareness campaigns and prevention programs for community change. We must make people aware of abuse realities and deliver programs that prevent abuse!
Successful prevention programs educate people on what to do to prevent child abuse and neglect. We also must advocate to improve existing laws and make better laws to protect children from harm.
Yes, it is difficult but with all of us working together, child abuse is preventable.
Child Abuse and Neglect in Virginia
During State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019, there were 58,234 children reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in 36,894 completed reports which were accepted by Virginia’s city and county departments of social services.
Of the 58,234 children reported, 6,413 were in founded investigations. Founded means that a review of the facts gathered during an investigation met the preponderance of the evidence standard.
• 11.4% were reported by anonymous/other
• 17.7%were reported by law enforcement/legal
• 12.3% were reported by relatives/parents
• 10.8% were reported by mental health
• 8.9% were reported by medical community
• 4.2% were reported by social services staff
• .90% were reported by child care provider
• 42.2% of all victims were children aged 4 -11
• 22.7% of all victims were children aged 12-17
**The age of 3.3% of the victims was unknown.
• 28.0% of the maltreatment was due to physical abuse.
• 10% of the maltreatment was due to sexual abuse.
• 3% of the maltreatment was due to mental abuse/neglect.
• 2.4% of the maltreatment was due to medical neglect.
• 32.5% of all victims were black
• 1.6% of all victims were Asian
Source: Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) as of 10-1-19
To Report Abuse or Suspected Abuse:Child Abuse Hotline (DSS Protective Services): 1-800-552-7096
Outside of Virginia: 804-786-8536
What can you do?
Listen, become informed, and participate by:
Sign up for our training programs – all geared to educate and teach prevention strategies, recognition of potentially unsafe situations for children, or advocacy skills – be trained!
Encourage your business to participate in prevention trainings
Sponsor a training program or an event!
The more resources we have, the more prevention programs and initiatives we can take out into the region (Note: Just $10 can pay to train one person in one of our prevention programs, $15 pays for one hour of work by a program coordinator, $100 trains 10 people, and $350 trains a facilitator who leads the training!).Get involved
We are an affiliate of families forward and PCAV
This affiliation gives Champions a statewide voice in legislative advocacy as well as expert resources for program delivery. We are proud of this affiliation and the strength of services it provides our organization.