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To Our Legislators:  A Call to Action

by Rush L. Russell, Executive Director

We are writing you related to the unnecessary death of George Floyd and many before him and the recent set of events including nationwide protests and statements from thousands of individuals and organizations standing together to call for change. Continue reading

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PCA-NJ Statement on Children Separation

by Rush L. Russell, Executive Director

Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey joins with many others calling for officials in Washington DC to work together to enact immediate changes to policies that separate children from their parents at the border.

PCA-NJ leads efforts in New Jersey to build a brighter future for all our children – healthy, happy and safe – and free from all forms of child abuse and neglect.  There are decades of research showing that the current “zero tolerance” policy will substantially increase these children’s risks for future problems with mental health and substance abuse, school failure, unemployment and chronic health conditions.  There are also thousands of years of the most fundamental parental instincts — from every culture, every country, every community, every neighborhood, and every parent — to provide a nurturing, safe and stable environment for our children.

Separating children from parents can cause irreparable harm; innocent children are being traumatized when solutions can easily be found.  All children deserve better.

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Commentary on the March 11, 2018 Edition of 60 Minutes

by Rush L. Russell, Executive Director 

Sunday night’s 60 Minutes, March 11, was highlighted by an interview between Oprah Winfrey and one of the nation’s leading brain scientists, Dr. Bruce Perry.  Their discussion focused on the emerging science that shows when children are exposed to traumatic stress during their childhood, it rewires their brain and dramatically increases that’s child’s likelihood to become a smoker, use drugs, experience mental health issues, chronic health problems, school, employment and marital problems and even suicide. Continue reading

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