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How To Save $428 Billion Annually, and Help Children Doing It!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study estimating the cost of child maltreatment. The study concluded that the total lifetime cost from child maltreatment victims in 2015 only will cost society $428 Billion
Child abuse and neglect can impact short- and long-term health in many ways, including increased risk of chronic disease, engagement in risky behaviors, limited life opportunities, and premature death. These impacts have monetary costs, including costs for health care, special education, decreased productivity at work, and criminal justice and child welfare services.

Child Abuse Statistics
The estimated lifetime cost to society for each child abused or neglected is $830,928.

Each child death resulting from abuse or neglect costs society $16.6 million

  • View a short video explaining the new cost estimates and Georgia specific calculations
  • Download the updated Georgia Child Abuse & Neglect Factsheet 

Prevention of child abuse and neglect, along with access to safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, improves lifelong health, greatly reducing these costs. Visit CDC’s ACE webpage or watch this video to learn how you can prevent child abuse and neglect in your community.

1-800-CHILDREN, Connecting Caregivers with Resources (1-800-244-5373)
PCA Georgia strengthens families across the state by connecting them with concrete support in times of need through our 1-800-CHILDREN helpline.

We update our resource database regularly to meet the needs of children and families statewide. Recently, we added more resources from Habersham County such as the Habersham County Library System which hosts Preschool Story Hour and Lego Club and the Habersham Homeless Ministries which offers shelter and apartments for families in need. 

Connect families in your community to local resources!
Recognizing caregivers seek information in different ways, PCA Georgia now offers an easy-to-search online map to find local support.
The American Academy of Pediatrics on
Corporal Punishment 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is openly opposing corporal punishment in their recently released policy report, Effective Discipline to Raise Healthy Children. The AAP presents evidence that shows corporal punishment is ineffective and can have harmful long-term effects on children.

Recent studies have also shown that corporal punishment is associated with increased aggression and makes it more likely that children will be defiant in the future. Spanking alone is associated with outcomes similar to those of children who experience physical abuse, the new academy statement says.

Learn more about the AAP’s statement here as well as Prevent Child Abuse America's response to this policy.

So what do we suggest as alternative methods to parents looking to discipline their children?

The academy’s parenting website,, offers tips for disciplining younger and older children. Rewarding positive behavior, using timeouts and establishing a clear relationship between behavior and consequences can all be effective strategies.

“We can’t just take away spanking,” Dr. Palusci said. “We have to give parents something to replace it with.”

  Pinwheels for Prevention 

PCA Georgia will begin taking Pinwheels for Prevention orders at the beginning of January 2019 and release the 2019 Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month Marketing Toolkit. 

Check out other promotional items for free or purchase online in the meantime!
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Exciting Updates From Our Grad Students

Diamond Miller, MPH, (previous Graduate Research Assistant) has moved to Washington D.C. to work at Truth Initiative, an organization that is committed to the elimination of tobacco use. At Truth Initiative, Diamond supports the Ambassador program and manages the Youth Trainer program. In these roles, she works to ensure that high school students across the nation receive advocacy, training, and workshops that educate them on the negative impact of tobacco use and encourage them to live tobacco free. 

Charlayne Scarlett ( previous practicum student) defended her thesis, which examined the experiences of diverse smokers who participated in a mindfulness-based program to assist them with quitting and is graduating with her Master in Public Health this month. After graduation she will be joining the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life team as a behavioral health consultant and will assist with program implementation and evaluation.

Opportunities Lost : Child Care Challenges Affect Georgia’s Workforce and Economy

A recent report shows that early childhood education benefits both children and their parents. Early childhood education  provides children with a strong educational foundation and allows parents to work or obtain job training. Childcare challenges, whether as a result of systemic barriers to access or the cumulative impact of unreliable and inconsistent childcare, affect parents' participation in the workforce and can have far-reaching effects for families, employers, and the state's economy as a whole. 

Read The Full Report



Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. We provide statewide direction to prevent child abuse and neglect, promote healthy children, and develop strong families through our prevention network, public awareness, prevention programs, and advocacy. 
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Julia Neighbors

Naeshia McDowell
Helpline & Training Coordinator

Jyll Walsh
Communication & Outreach Coordinator


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1-800-CHILDREN will not be answering calls December 24-26 and New Year's Day. Resources will be available online at


This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590). Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590). 


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