Check Out the Ascend at the Aspen Institute Webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health and ACES!

aspen    Check it out hereOur very own Katie Albright, Executive Director, participated in the Aspen Institute’s webinar discussing the intersection of toxic stress, health and the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACES).  She was one of a handful of presenters on this important and engaging topic.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States. Building on the ideas shared at the 2014 Aspen ThinkXChange, this webinar explored how to more effectively address toxic stress in two-generation solutions and how other frameworks – like Strengthening Families – can play a role. Presenters included Ascend at the Aspen Institute and Ascend Network Partners Katie Albright (San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center); Jeannette Pai-Espinosa (The National Crittenton Foundation); and Jason Gortney (The Children’s Home Society of Washington State) in this important two-gen conversation.

Check Out Our Essay in Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology from the Aspen Institute

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Ascend at the Aspen Institute released Two Generations.  One Future:  An Anthology from the Ascend Fellowship.  The Anthology builds on more than two years of collaboration and bold action by Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, including San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center Executive Director, Katie Albright.  Together, the Anthology essays paint a portfolio of insights and solutions that will inspire many to action and propel children, parents, and their families toward educational success and economic security.

This exciting anthology includes an essay co-written by San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center’s own Katie Albright, Genanne Walsh, Larry Yip, and Malcolm Gaines.  Check our our essay, The Case for Prevention:  A Two-Generation Approach to Ending Child Abusehere!

You can find the complete anthology here.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Help Us Shine a Light on Child Abuse.

blueribbonApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Click here for President Obama’s official proclamation and inspiring words.

Together we can Shine the Light on child abuse and protect our community’s children. Our future is counting on it.

“How Can I Help?” 

Spread the Word. Raise Awareness.                                             

When you hear that every year in San Francisco thousands of children experience abuse and violence, you may feel overwhelmed and ask yourself, “What can one person do to help?”

You can do a lot.

The good news is that child abuse is preventable. Stories from adults abused as children reveal that the majority of cases are not reported to anyone. By getting the message out and learning how to talk about child abuse and its prevention, you can protect a child.

Join us in Shining the Light on Child Abuse. Here are five ways you can help during Child Abuse Prevention Month:    NewsletterImage

1. Talk to one person about child abuse and its prevention. Need help getting the conversation started? Check out our resources below with tips on how to keep kids safe and facts about child abuse.

2. Join us on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall (Polk Street side — look for the blue balloons!) on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 pm to Rock the Ribbon and commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. Dress in something blue, and wear a blue ribbon.  We are thrilled that Supervisors Breed, Cohen, Chief Probation Officer Nance, Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Henderson, and adult survivors of abuse, among other speakers, will talk with us at the event.

3. Post or send a message about San Francisco’s 5,200 cases of suspected child abuse, and help us reach 5,200 tweets.  Tweet and retweet “April is #ChildAbuse Preventionmonth! I #ShineTheLight against child abuse with @sfcapc!” and follow us @sfcapc.

4. Like us on Facebook. And change your profile picture to a blue ribbon in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

5. Support us at our 18th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon on Thursday, April 30th.

Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

The Super Ten Play-It-Safe Rules for Kids and Grownups

Playing the “What if…” Game

Tips on How not to be a Bystander to Abuse

Facts about Child Abuse

Kids’ Turn is now a program of the Prevention Center

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to announce our merger with Kids’ Turn, which is now a program of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center! Since 1988, Kids’ Turn has helped thousands of children throughout the Bay Area understand and cope with the loss, anger and fear that often accompany separation or divorce. Kids’ Turn trainings and curriculum have been used by thousands of parents who have learned about ways to support their children during this challenge in their lives. With Kids’ Turn as part of our programming, we are able to provide even stronger and more comprehensive support to families in crisis.

The Prevention Center envisions a community where one hundred percent of our children are safe and protected. We work with families every day to build resiliency and overall family strength and wellness. Our intensive services for families with multiple risk factors for abuse offer parents essential skills and education and support children in their own social and emotional growth.

Kids’ Turn brings an established curriculum – including a rich online component – to reach a breadth of families both in person and online. Our long-term goal is to reach at-risk children and families, and create a replicable model that emphasizes children’s social and emotional learning and boosts families’ protective factors. We are excited to integrate Kids’ Turn into our programming to help insure that all of our families benefit from this innovative method of learning and skill-building.

Together, the Prevention Center and Kids’ Turn have over 65 years of experience helping children and families navigate adversity. We are very excited for our future together and the powerful impact our merger will have on our community!

Very truly yours,

Katie Albright
Executive Director, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

New Children’s Advocacy Center of San Francisco Puts Children on Fastest Path Toward Healing After Abuse!

The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (Prevention Center), whose mission is to prevent child abuse and reduce its devastating impact, today announced the grand opening of the Children’s Advocacy Center, which will provide a holistic, one-stop experience for children who have suffered from abuse. Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee will be on hand to make a statement and dedicate the building with added support and attendance from Supervisor Cohen, City Attorney Herrera and District Attorney Gascón.

With the opening of the new facility, located on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood, the Children’s Advocacy Center provides perhaps the single most important service for a child in the immediate aftermath of abuse; the relief of telling a difficult story just once, to a highly trained and caring professional, in a child-friendly and safe building. Previously, children who experienced the trauma of physical and sexual abuse could be asked to tell their story multiple times to multiple professionals — such as a police officer, a caseworker, and a pediatrician — which can be a traumatic experience. The new space was designed from the ground up to be a comforting environment where children and their families are immediately connected to the critical support services they need to begin to heal.

“The new Children Advocacy Center provides a central location that puts children first, simplifies the process for families who have suffered, and most importantly, starts the path to healing as soon as they walk through the door,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “We must make sure children who have suffered abuse and trauma do not slip through the cracks of our City’s safety net services and that they receive the support they need.”

The collaborative, multidisciplinary Children’s Advocacy Center will serve over 300 children a year – or approximately 25 children per month – with increased capacity to serve 600 children annually. It also serves as headquarters for Prevention Center’s partners the California Pacific Medical Center’s Bayview Child Health Center and The Center For Youth Wellness, which provides long-term mental health support for children that have been seen at the Health Center. The three non-profit organizations have come together in a caring collaboration to provide high quality pediatric medical care, behavioral health services, case management, and a coordinated response to child abuse all under one roof.

“The opening of the Children’s Advocacy Center of San Francisco is the first milestone resulting from a five-year comprehensive campaign to raise nearly $20 Million in order to strengthen and launch key programming that will help prevent child abuse and nurture those who have been affected,” says Katie Albright, Executive Director of the Prevention Center. “Today marks a giant step ahead for our mission, our city and the families we serve.”

Funding for the new building was spearheaded by Tipping Point Community, as well as generous support from private donors and foundations. The new Children’s Advocacy Center is located at 3450 Third Street, Building 2, Suite 300 in San Francisco. Services will continue to be provided at the previous location within San Francisco General Hospital until operations are fully transitioned to the new location.

In addition to delivering services at the new Children’s Advocacy Center, the Prevention Center and its over one hundred trained clinical and nonprofit professional volunteers will continue to deliver programs to families from its current offices located at 1757 Waller Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. Families with questions can reach the Prevention Center at (415) 441-KIDS (5437).

For press inquiries please contact Kimberly Angell at (415) 471-7272 or email kim.angell at

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Historic Firehouse Renovated: Enhancing Services to Keep San Francisco Kids Safe

The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (the Prevention Center), a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in San Francisco, announced today the reopening of its Waller Street facility, which was recently renovated by Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) and the International Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA NC). The Prevention Center will reopen its doors for client services on Monday, October 21, 2013.

In recognition of the vital importance of protecting San Francisco’s children, Pankow and IIDA NC dedicated significant time and resources to upgrade the Prevention Center’s home, a former firehouse, built in 1895. Renovations will enable the Center to offer a safer, more inviting and accessible place for vulnerable children and families. Each year, the Prevention Center serves 15,000 parents, children and providers by offering one-on-one services, educating the community and building city-wide connections and partnerships.

Renovations to the Prevention Center include expanded reception and waiting room areas, improved client counseling rooms with sound-proof walls for greater privacy, a remodeled children’s therapeutic playroom and expanded staff work spaces. In addition, the remodel includes seismic remediation.


“The private/non-profit partnership represents the very best of San Francisco – the community coming together to help kids,” said Katie Albright, Executive Director of the Prevention Center. “We are so grateful to have our beloved firehouse renovated. Not only do our walls breathe new life, but we will be better able to continue to serve our clients and ensure that kids are safe.”

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White welcomed the remodel of the Waller Street firehouse and said, “We are thrilled to partner with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center to keep our community safe. The renovations made to the historic firehouse maintain its long tradition of providing 24/7 services to protect our city’s children and families.”

Supervisor London Breed stated, “I am thrilled for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and the reopening of its historic building in the heart of Haight-Ashbury. This project shows what can happen when the community comes together to improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents.”

“When we learned of the Prevention Center’s need, we welcomed the opportunity to jump in,” said Scott Anderson, Pankow Regional Vice President for Northern California. “For Pankow, continuing to stay engaged with the community through contributions and volunteerism is a direct reflection of the company’s values. It’s a very important part of our business and our 50thanniversary celebration.”

“With great enthusiasm, IIDA NC welcomed the opportunity to support the Prevention Center project. IIDA NC is dedicated to enhancing the community through excellence in interior design. The renovation of the Prevention Center allowed our contributing members to help transform a historic building to better serve children and families,” said Terry de la Cuesta, IIDA NC Vice President of Philanthropy.

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