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Jacob Neff Volunteer Spotlight: Like Father, Like Son

            Jacob Neff had seen the passion in his father’s eyes, PCAV Board Member Brad Neff, long before he joined us this past summer as a Public Relations intern. For the past 8 years he saw the passion his father had and felt that he wanted to give back as well. When he learned of PCAV’s need for a Public Relations Intern, he jumped at the chance.  He felt that the experience would be something he would never forget, as well as something that would prepare him for an incredible career in the Public Relations field. Jacob is now a freshman at Bridgewater College studying marketing and public relations.

Once he began to work at PCAV, he soon experienced the very same connection his father had experienced with the organization. Jacob stated that, “not only is Prevent Child Abuse Virginia an incredible place to volunteer, but also an incredible place to learn.” He continued,  “during my time as a Public Relations Intern, I learned more about child abuse prevention than I had ever imagined possible, and this knowledge will be used throughout my lifetime to ensure that the world’s children may enjoy the best parts of being young and energetic, while they are still at the age at which they can fully enjoy it.”

Jacob’s favorite part about being a PCAV volunteer was the sense of accomplishment and a job well done that he received at the conclusion of each work day. He quickly came to realize that for those who work to protect the childhoods of Virginia’s children, and the childhoods of children around the world, there is always work to be done.

All of the staff at PCAV are incredibly grateful for Jacob’s dedication to the mission this past summer. Jacob updated all of our social media accounts throughout the summer, created infographics, made adjustments to the PCAV website, along with many other activities. We have no doubt that Jacob will continue to do incredible things with his life.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out a volunteer application here.

Press Release: Gold Festival on Broad to Benefit PCAV

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This Father’s Day Give Dad a Gift From the Heart with “Ties for a Cause”

Father’s Day is almost here (June 21!) and if you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for that special Dad in your life, we’ve got you covered!
Give Dad a tie from the “Ties for a Cause” collection, and support Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s mission of providing Great Childhoods for all children.
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) and Ties.com  collaborated with professional athletes to present “Ties for a Cause”.   NBA stars Chris Paul, Ronny Turiaf, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, and NFL star Lawrence Jackson have teamed up to bring awareness to child abuse prevention with five unique designs that reflect their unique style.
Each one of these limited edition ties features a personal touch with hand-numbered tags and labels containing the PCAA logo along with “Inspired by…” (i.e.Chris Bosh).
Ties can be purchased for only $25 each and all proceeds from this Father’s Day campaign will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Virginia.
When you purchase one of these limited edition ties,  you are not only giving a stylish gift, but also helping keep children safe from abuse and neglect.  

Scroll down to check out the beautiful designs and then fill out the order form.   All ties will be shipped in a custom box along with the numbered card providing more information about the significance of the gift.  You also have the option to enter a personalized message for us to include with the gift!

*In order to be received by Father’s Day, all orders must be received by Tuesday, June 16th.   
*For more information please contact Julie Antrim at jantrim@pcav.org.  
Please send completed order forms via FAX, 804.359.5065 or EMAIL, JANTRIM@PCAV.ORG
To place order via phone, please contact Julie Rivnak-McAdam at (804) 359-6166 x:311

Press Release: PCAV Holds Press Conference to Kick-Off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Press Release: PCAV Updates Logo to Pinwheel to kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month





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Wear Blue Day 2015!

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PLEDGE TO WEAR BLUE on April 13th to show your commitment to keep kids safe!


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A bill regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools.

An autistic 9 year old boy was repeatedly trapped in a converted supply closet by his principal. He begged his parents not to send him back to school.

Testimony like this, and others deemed “horror stories,” by one Senator, were heard by the Virginia State Senate on Tuesday. Lawmakers were voting on a bill that would require the Board of Education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools in the Commonwealth.

It was stories like these, of children locked in dark closets and makeshift holding cells, and forcibly restrained by duct tape, that led the Virginia Commission on Youth to issue a study on the use of restraint and seclusion by public schools in our Commonwealth. The study found that though there are 19 states with policies and procedures related to the use of restraint and seclusions for all children and 32 states with policies related to use of restraint and seclusion for children with disabilities, Virginia is 1 of 10 states with only informal guidelines for the establishment of restraint and seclusion policies in local school districts. These guidelines were not mandatory and merely provided suggestions as to how policies surrounding the use of restraint and seclusion should be formed.

This study led to the creation of the bill discussed on Tuesday. This bill would require the board of education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restrain in public elementary and secondary schools in the commonwealth. The bill requires that such regulations incorporate certain existing guidance documents; include definitions of terms, criteria for use, restrictions for use, training requirements, notifications requirements, reporting requirements, and follow up requirements; and address distinctions between certain student populations.

The Bill passed easily in both the Senate and the House. The next step will be for the Governor to sign it.

Read more on this issue:

Editorial from Richmond Times-Dispatch

Press Release from the Virginia Commission on Youth 

PCAV Volunteer Spotlight: February

April Carter

PCAV Volunteer Spotlight

April Carter: Why I Volunteer…


With the countless volunteer opportunities available in Virginia, we are continually amazed by the dedication and passion of the people who choose to volunteer for Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. This February, we are placing the volunteer spotlight on one of our PCAV Young Professional Committee Members, April Carter.  She tells us Why She Volunteers, and what PCAV means to her.


April Carter began her relationship with PCAV as a summer intern in 2012. Her time as an intern allowed her the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and hands on experience as to how non-profits operate. She learned about the various ways PCAV works to prevent child abuse, working on such areas as advocacy and legislation, as well as programming aimed at giving parents and care-givers tools and resources to help them succeed.


Organizations whose missions involve helping children were already April’s self-proclaimed “soft spot,” and after “witnessing all that PCAV does to promote the well-being of children, I was inspired to stay involved after my internship.” PCAV’s impact on the community as well as the dedicated staff also motivated April, “you can tell that PCAV’s staff genuinely cares about the work they are doing.”


April Carter is currently the Assistant Director or Petersburg Victim-Witness Assistance Program. She holds her Bachelor and Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a member of PCAV’s Young Professional Committee as well as Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. She has previously served as a member of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance and the YWCA’s Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team (R-HART). When not working or volunteering, April enjoys outdoor activities and traveling.


Thank you April, and all of our volunteers, for your dedication and service to the children in our community and for helping us continue to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.


Prevent Child Abuse Virginia is a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect in our Commonwealth. Our Young Professionals Committee is looking for energetic young professionals between the ages of 21 – 35 who are eager to make a difference in their community. Although our office is based in Richmond, we are a statewide organization and encourage anyone from around the state to join. Members of the Young Professionals Committee have the opportunity to network with other young professionals while coordinating activities to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, and most importantly to play a major role in keeping Virginia’s children safe from abuse and neglect.


For more information about how to become a volunteer contact Allison Gilbreath, Community Engagement Manager at 804-359-6166 ext. 312 or at agilbreath@pcav.org

McAuliffe announces creation of Children’s Cabinet and the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success

Governor McAuliffe signed an Executive Order yesterday creating a cabinet solely dedicated to the education, health, safety, and welfare of Virginia’s children and youth. The newly launched Children’s Cabinet will develop and implement a policy agenda that will help better serve Virginia’s children and will also foster collaboration between state and local agencies.  As a part of that effort, the Governor also signed a second Executive Order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. This Council will be chaired by Lt. Governor Northam and will focus on improving the health, education, and well-being of our youngest children. CONTINUE READING…