Be the One

All members of the community have a role to play in strengthening families to ensure children grow up safe, protected, and loved.

Child abuse includes general and severe neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Our community and families are strengthened through social connections, relationships, knowledge, support, and resilience.

Research shows that parents and caregivers who seek help in times of trouble are more resilient and better able to provide safety and nurturing for their children.

Calaveras County agencies, schools, and organizations are working to bring attention to the long term impacts of toxic stress and to implement trauma-informed strategies to support families.

Each of us can step up and Be the One for a child.

Get Involved

There has been a shift in public attitude in recent years from why don't you stop this abuse? to how can I help stop this abuse?

Now is the time for people and organizations who are dedicated to protecting children to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to help prevent all forms of child abuse.

Be a Friend to a Child

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Be a Friend to a Child

Remember their name. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Show you care.

Be a Friend to a Parent

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Be a Friend to a Parent

Being a parent isn’t easy. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.

Be a Nurturing Parent

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Be a Nurturing Parent

Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams. Make sure your child feels loved and secure, even when he or she did something wrong. Encourage your child instead of criticizing. Praise his or her talents and achievements. Spend time with your child doing things you both enjoy.

Become a Council Member

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Become a Council Member

Members serve 2 year terms and play a vital role as a decision maker in the policy and practice of child abuse prevention strategies. Click here for an application.

Come to our Meetings

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Come to our Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held every odd month on the fourth Thursday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm in San Andreas, CA. All are welcome to attend. Email rdavis@co.calaveras.ca.us  or call 209-754-6917 for more information.

Communicate your Concerns

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Communicate your Concerns

with your child’s teacher or school administrator. PCAC, schools, and family-centered agencies are partners in connecting families to resources that help.

Know your Environment and your Neighbors

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Know your Environment and your Neighbors

Learn who spends time with your children. Young victims know their offenders 80-90% of the time. They are family members, friends, neighbors, and babysitters.

Learn More about Child Abuse Prevention

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Learn More about Child Abuse Prevention

By becoming knowledgeable, you might be more able to recognize warning signs of abuse, risk factors, or inappropriate behavior by adults. You also might want to join the efforts of PCAC to support children and families in Calaveras County.

Monitor your Child’s Television and Video Viewing

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Monitor your Child’s Television and Video Viewing

Children of any age can be impacted by witnessing violence. Exposure to violence leaves children feeling unsafe, scared and helpless. They may learn to view the world as a scary, unpredictable place at a time when they should be nurtured, exploring the world and learning new things.

Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect

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Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect

If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, reporting it could save a child’s life.              

Learn More:   Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect

Seek Help if you need it

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Seek Help if you need it

When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your child. Talk to a friend, clergy, health care provider or other parents. Social service agencies staff are there to help and they understand it’s not easy to be a parent.

Support Local Efforts to Help Families

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Support Local Efforts to Help Families

Anything you do to help can reduce the stress that often leads to abuse and neglect. Donate your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. Offer extra support to families when they need it, as in times of illness, job loss, housing problems and other stressors.

Light of Hope Ceremony

Calaveras Court Appointed Special Advocates of Calaveras (CASA) and the Prevent Child Abuse Calaveras recognizes individuals in the community who have provided remarkable services to children by being a reliable source of support, mentorship and advocacy.

Congratulations to the 2021 Recognees for being the Light of Hope for a child:

Kerry Cannon
Denise Combs

Amanda Drayton
Heather Gomes Rickerson
Lora Larson
Pam Kramer
Maggie Rollings
Justin Simko
Gregg Smith


View the Light of Hope Ceremony video by clicking the picture below.

2021 Light Of Hope Ceremony Video Link

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