The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place
Spring Newsletter 2014
Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month
Effective Date: Friday, February 14th, 2014
WHEREAS, every child is entitled to love, care, security, and protection from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. As Alaskans, we will protect our children’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and
WHEREAS, child abuse is one of our society’s most serious public health problems, affecting millions of children nationwide and thousands here at home. Sadly, over 90 percent of
child abuse is perpetrated by people that the children know, love, and trust; and
WHEREAS, the devastating impacts of emotional, physical, sexual, and verbal child abuse
go beyond the immediate trauma, often lasting well into adulthood. Studies have shown
that victims of childhood abuse are at high-risk for chronic mental and physical health issues such as depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, heart disease, and
more. They are also more likely to act violently in dating relationships and to develop poor
emotion-coping mechanisms; and
WHEREAS, the trauma of living in a violent home can be just as harmful to a child as being physically or sexually abused. For example, research suggests that continually experiencing feelings of fear and insecurity will alter the normal development of a child’s brain,
leading to anxiety, difficulties in focusing, and aggressive behaviors; and
WHEREAS, social acceptance of myths about family violence and child abuse silences
victims and encourages public denial about the true nature of this tragic epidemic. Raising
awareness about the enormity of the issue is the first step in changing these harmful social
norms; and
WHEREAS, further steps to reduce child abuse and neglect may include providing nurturing, safe, and supportive environments; aiding and supporting victims and at-risk families;
and holding offenders fully accountable for their actions; and
WHEREAS, by working together, we can stem the tide of abuse in our great state,
strengthen our families and communities, and ensure that Alaska’s children enjoy brighter
futures and grow to their full potential as healthy, productive citizens.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim
April 2014 as:
Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Alaska, and call upon all Alaskans to
dedicate their energies to preventing child abuse and to support efforts to ensure the safety of every child. Please report any instances of known or suspected child abuse and neglect by immediately calling 911 or your local police department, along with the Office of
Children’s Services at 1-800-478-4444. Together, we will continue our efforts to provide
safe homes and strong families throughout Alaska.
Did You Know?
You can help The Children's Place earn donations, just by using your Fred Meyer rewards
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s
how the program works:
• Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards
Card to The Children’s Place at
• You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number (84670).
• Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping The Children’s Place earn a donation!
• You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
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“Snow Ball Cotillion”
Local Youth Helping Our Community and Donating to The Children’s Place.
Colony High School’s student government organized an all-school Cotillion Dance for juniors and
seniors as a fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit. The Children’s Place was selected as this year’s
beneficiary. The theme for the Cotillion Dance was “Snow Ball”. The dance was held from 8 to 11
p.m., Jan. 31 at the Palmer Train Depot. Admission ticket price was $20.00, which included free
fresh baked cookies, cupcakes and brownies. Look for updates in our next news letters on the
success of their fundraising efforts.
Sparkling Moments
 Contract with CoDi (Co-Occurring Disorder Institute) was signed. CoDi will now be a referral option for
TCP clients who are interested in counseling/therapy.
 Erin Rocky and Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson attended the SanDiego Child Maltreatment Conference.
 Two TCP staff members attended the “267 Informed Trauma Child Welfare Training” in Anchorage.
 Jalean Mallett has joined The Children’s Place staff, as our part time family advocate. Jalean has 18 years
experience in the social work field, including working with OCS and the Attorney General’s Office.
 A TCP staff member attended the 30th Annual CAC Symposium in Alabama.
 Two TCP Staff attended NCAtrak training in Anchorage. What is NCAtrak? NCAtrak is a computerized,
web-based case tracking system developed to help Children’s Advocacy Centers track case specific information in a user-friendly, reliable manner.
A Special Thanks to volunteers Mackenzie Seims
and Shyanne Massie for folding and stamping our
last newsletter. Their help allowed us get the newsletter in the mail in a timely manner and saved The
Children's Place time and money!
For more information about The Children’s Place, please visit our website at:
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Evangelo’s Restaurant in Wasilla
Our gala includes dinner, entertainment, a fabulous silent auction, and a small live auction (new this year).
If you are interested in joining us, Limited Single Seating is still available on a first come first serve basis for a suggested minimum donation of $75 per person. Please contact The Children’s Place directly at 357-5157
If you are unable to attend the Gala, but would like to make a donation,
please contact The Children’s Place directly.
Thank you for your support!
Alaska Moves - Change lives with every workout!
Friends and staff members of The Children’s Place participated in the launch of Alaska Moves, a four week fitness
challenge which turned active living choices into donations for five statewide charities.
****The results are IN****
Out of the five participating charities, The Children’s Place logged the most activity hours. Based on the activity hours logged, a
donation in the amount of $3,160.00 was awarded to The Children’s Place. We would like to thank EveryMove for powering
the website along with Premera Blue Cross and their affiliates for sponsoring this event. In addition, we send our special thanks
to our friends and staff who participated in this campaign.
MUD FACTOR Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run!
The Children’s Place has created a team for Mud Factor Seriously Fun, 5K
Obstacle Run. Our team will be gathering sponsors so we can use this event
as a fundraiser for TCP. If you would like to be a sponsor for The Children’s
Place team please contact us at 357-5157 to make your pledge. If you would
like to join our team, see the web link below for registration. Our team’s name is When Pigs Fly- Heroes for Kids,
and our password is Children (these are details you will need when you go to the website to register). We are entered
in the 11:30 wave and limited spaces are still available ( Or you can
just come and “root” for our team and watch the fun on the 8th of June at Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Rd in Anchorage. Events start at 10:00 A.M. , with waves of teams running every 30 minutes. It will be a snortin’ good time
for all!
The Children’s Place Board of Directors
Roger Beck, DDS —Chair
Michelle Steward—Vice Chair
Paul Dombroski—Treasurer
Anna Clark—Secretary
Kibe Lucas– Director
Dallas Massie—Director
Paula Jones— Executive Director *non voting
Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, MD—Medical Director
*non voting member
Our Board has vacancies! If you have ever considered serving on the Board of Directors for
The Children’s Place, now is the time!
Please contact us at 357-5157.
The Children’s Place
P.O. Box 871788
Wasilla, AK 99687
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Upcoming Event
The Alaska Children’s Alliance Presents
Conference Dates November 17-19, 2014
Post Conference Dates November 20-21, 2014
Anchorage Hilton Hotel
The Children’s Place is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Your tax-deductible donations are accepted and greatly
appreciated all year.
Donations are accepted in the form of cash, checks, money orders,
cashier’s checks, Visa and Master Card.
We are funded by:
State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Alaska Children’s Alliance
Mat-Su Borough Human Services Community Matching Grant
United Way of Mat-Su
Alaska Children’s Alliance
and contributions from many corporate and individual donors.
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