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Nominations needed for 2020 Champions for Safe Kids Awards

Winners will be announced during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA), the state leader in child abuse prevention, and its leading sponsors, including PSECU, launched the nomination period for the 2020 PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Awards.

Recipients will be announced in April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, at ceremonies in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

According to the Penn-sylvania Department of Human Services’ Annual Child Protective Services Report, 47 children in the commonwealth died of child abuse in 2018.

A total of 5,102 children were victims of abuse, including 89 children who suffered near-fatal injuries.

“No child should ever be neglected or abused, and it is our responsibility to work together as a community to ensure that every child living in Pennsylvania has the opportunity to grow up in a safe environment,” said Angela M. Liddle, president and CEO of PFSA.

“Our vision is to create a future that is free of abuse and neglect, but in order to make that happen we need everyone to become a Champion for Safe Kids.”

“If you know someone who has gone above and beyond to put the safety of children first, I would encourage you to nominate that individual for our PA Blue Ribbon for Safe Champions Awards — the nomination process is simple and free, and the application can be completed online.”

As in years past, PFSA will honor five statewide individuals for their efforts to protect the well-being of children, including two child welfare professionals, two community volunteers and one media professional.

Any individual who has worked or volunteered to protect Pennsylvania children from abuse and neglect is eligible.

Media nominees must have covered Pennsyl-vania child abuse-related issues in 2019. Award recipients will be announced and celebrated at a ceremony April 8 in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda.

PFSA also will honor one Allegheny County Champion for Safe Kids. Eligible nominees include any professional, volunteer, press member or media entity whose work focused on children affected by abuse in Allegheny County. A ceremony will be held in Pittsburgh

April 1 to honor both the award recipient and the child victims of abuse.

Nomination forms, criteria and instructions are available at

pablueribbonchampion

.org/nominate.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 24. Indepen-dent panels of judges will determine the winners.

Additionally, as part of its National Child Abuse Prevention Month programming, PFSA will plant small flags bearing the blue child abuse awareness ribbon April 4 in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh in remembrance of victims of child abuse.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance prevents child abuse and protects children from harm by helping parents learn positive parenting techniques, educating professionals and volunteers who work with children to recognize and report child abuse, and helping community members learn how they can play a positive role in keeping children safe.

To learn more about

programs, schedule a training or make a donation, visit pa-fsa.org or call 800-448-4906.

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