Several times a year, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana hosts either a Conference or Signature Event, Workshops and fundraising events to help educate our communities and raise awareness. We hope you’ll attend, and help us further our mission of keeping kids safe.

Nurturing Parents Cafe - Safety around the Home: Child & Teen Proofing

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is offering a virtual Nurturing Parents Cafe.
Nurturing Parent Cafes are an opportunity for parents to discuss and learn about topics related to child-rearing and learn about how to access community resources and how to access resources for raising happy, healthy children.
Date:  June 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Space is limited so register soon!

Teens or little ones, it doesn’t matter, your house needs to be safe for everyone!  Weds. June 17, at 12 Noon- 1pm….Come and join us in a relaxed, conversation about Home Safety.  Parents and caregivers, this is the perfect time to discuss your specific questions.  Join experienced trainers Brian Carter, LBSW, and Carol Cochard Pool, MSW, as they bring resources and reminders to families about safety issues around the home.

The Parent Cafes are a monthly, relaxed discussion around Parenting Topics. Participants are encouraged to bring YOUR OWN ISSUES, and gain insights and resources!  Please join us, Weds. June 17, Virtually, at 12 Noon – 1pm.

This parent cafe will be facilitated by Carol Pool, MSW and Brian Carter, LBSW.
Carol Pool received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Ball State in 1985 and her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University in 1990. For nearly 30 years, Carol has been a leader, advocate, educator and trainer around many social issues. She began at Methodist Hospital in the critical care areas. Then she was a primary educator for 13 years for Planned Parenthood around the issues of healthy sexuality, birth control, STD and sexual abuse prevention.  In 2006, she continued her work at Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, training in a variety of safety topics. There she became a certified trainer in Darkness to Light (Stewards of Children) preventing child sexual abuse; as well as Nurturing Father’s, Bully Safe, and SafeTots.
Brian Carter is the Director of Dads, Inc., a program of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and has been with The Villages since 1994. In his current role he conducts various trainings and presentations and is a Program Educator for Nurturing Fathers. Prior to his current role, Brian served as a Foster Care Case Manager, Independent Living Case Manager, FAKT Coordinator, and Community Based Service Worker. Brian received his Bachelor’s in Social Work from Indiana University and worked as a Probation Officer with the Marion County Juvenile Courts for two years prior to coming to The Villages.


Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training

As we continue our time of physical distancing, we would like to keep ensuring child safety at the forefront. It’s important to remember that we all play a role in protecting children.

We currently have a limited number of Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children trainings available for no cost to anyone interested in learning how to help prevent child sexual abuse. This training can be accessed here:

Please note: This training, contains a mix of survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance for prevention of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is a tough topic. Some of the survivor stories may affect you in a personal way. These stories reflect the personal experiences of actual survivors. These are the experiences children face when they are sexually abused, thus Darkness to Light chose to include them.

There is a National Resource Sheet available in the resource section of the course with names and numbers of agencies that can help. Someone is available for you to talk to about any needs you have through the Darkness to Light helpline at 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (1-866-367-5444).

Please report all child abuse to the Indiana Department of Child Services Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.

Thank you for your commitment to child sexual abuse prevention.

This training will remain open until all spots have been used. We will have additional opportunities available as need demands.

If you have any questions please email


REGISTER HERE FOR Stewards of Children

June 5th - Using the Essentials for Childhood Framework to Promote Great Childhoods

Date: June 5, 2020

Time:  12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Speaker:  Bart Klika, Research & Strategy Officer, PCA America

Workshop Description: Decades of research suggests that adverse childhood experiences (ACE’S) are associated with negative outcomes across the life-course.  Such findings have been used to advocate for upstream approaches that reduce or mitigate ACE’s and promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a strategic prevention framework, Essentials for Childhood, to guide communities in the promotion health and well-being and prevention of child maltreatment.  This framework calls for alignment of community partners around a shared vision, guided by the best available data, to shift societal norms to support the implementation of evidence-based practices and policy solutions that address the underlying conditions and contexts that contribute to trauma and adversity.

In this presentation, Dr. Klika will provide an overview of ACE’s, the Essentials for Childhood framework, and the CDC’s technical package for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Specific attention will be given to policy and norms strategies for the prevention of ACE’s.  Integrated throughout this presentation are insights gained from the current COVID-19 global pandemic with recommendations for navigating to a “better normal.”

Register for June 5th

June 10th - Tips for Child Safety and Transitioning Out of Shelter in Place

Date: June 10, 2020

Time:  12:00 Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Speaker:  Sandy Runkle-DeLorme, MSW, LSW, PCAIN Director of Programs

Workshop Description:

Register for June 10th

June 12th - Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Date: June 12, 2020

Time:  12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Speaker:  Amy Louise Frederick, Med.,Workforce Development Specialist @Prevention Insights

Workshop Description: This workshop will describe the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, assess the impact of mental health, and explain stigma and its effects. Participants will also construct strategies for coping and improving health. Other topics will include summarizing anxiety, depression, and suicide risks.

Register for June 12th

June 19th - The Power of Stress

Date: June 19, 2020

Time:  12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Speaker:  Amy Louise Frederick, Med, Workforce Development Specialist @Prevention Insights

Workshop Description: This session will focus on stress and identify the effects of stress and signs of ineffective coping strategies. Participants will identify their own coping style and identify how stress is a risk factor for: absenteeism, accidents, mistakes, negative well-being, and unhealthy habits. Lastly, the session will identify and recognize healthy alternatives and learn 5 steps to thrive from stress.

Register for June 19th

June 26th - Left to Their Own Devices: Increasing Awareness & Guidance Regarding Youth & Technology

Date: June 26, 2020

Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Speaker:  Dr. Jim Schroeder, Ph.D., HSPP, Vice President of Psychological Services: @Easterseals Rehabilitation Center (Evansville, IN)

Workshop Description: This workshop will center around the current trends of media and technology usage for youth, assess the benefits and risks of media and technology for youth, and provide practical, empirically supported recommendations for responsible usage.

Register for June 26th