Home is the place where a child should feel protected and safe. 

 

But what about those times when a parent can’t be there?  If there is no affordable after-school program or sitter available, when is it okay for your child to be home alone?

There is no right answer for every child.  There is no magic age when a child suddenly becomes responsible and mature.  But there are ways to evaluate your child’s capabilities in order to make a more informed decision.

To order or print our Brochure on this topic (or any of our brochures), please click HERE.

 

 

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is a vital resource to our community and is working diligently to protect and serve the children of our state. Amid the COVID-19 virus, this work is more important now than ever before. This vulnerable time is causing families to become unemployed, leading to lack of resources for food and shelter. We know that vulnerable conditions such as these can lead to increased cases of child abuse, which is why we need your help.

It is possible that small, discreet actions can make a difference in a child’s life. Please join us at this virtual event to see how you can make a difference during Child Abuse Prevention month.

“April is a time to help people across the country understand the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure that children grow up happy and healthy,” says Sandy Runkle, Director of Programs for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.

 

Our mission is simple: To be the voice in Indiana for preventing child abuse in all its forms. We practice this mission by raising awareness, serving as a resource for the community, advocating for preventive policies and programs, and fostering a statewide network committed to child abuse prevention. Together with the support of our dedicated volunteers, we’re working to stop child abuse before it begins.

We do not take abuse or neglect reports.

Please contact the

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at

 1-800-800-5556

to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Please do not contact PCAIN regarding concerns or complaints pertaining to DCS.  Indiana has a Bureau of the Ombudsman, and they have “…the authority to receive, investigate and attempt to resolve complaints concerning the actions of the Department of Child Services (DCS) and to make recommendations to improve the child welfare system.  The Bureau operates independently of DCS and is housed in the Department of Administration.”  Contact information is below.

DCS Ombudsman Information Line

877-682-0101 – Toll Free
317-232-3154 – Fax
DCSOmbudsman@idoa.in.gov

 

Put Kids First

There are many ways to support our work. Here are just a few:
Join us in raising awareness. See all our upcoming programs and events.
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Display pinwheels in your community to promote our organization.
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Renewing your license plate? Choose a Kids First plate to support our work.
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Find a Local Council

Prevention Councils bring the message of primary prevention to their communities. This grassroots, volunteer-driven effort is helping to keep kids safe across Indiana. Find out more about your local council, and how you can get involved.

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Schedule a Training

We offer trainings and other resources to help you understand how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to suspected maltreatment.

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Safe Tots

Safe Tots touches on a variety of safety issues, including safe sleep practices, water safety, and more.

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Stewards of Children

This award-winning program educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

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"Resilience"

This two-hour training includes a screening of the documentary “Resilience,” followed by a discussion of the film and childhood poverty.

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Spread the Word

You can help spread the message of prevention and keep our children safe—and we’ll help you do it. Our brochures and educational materials will make you a more effective advocate for primary prevention.

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