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Help Equip Kids for Success: Support Our Backpack and School Supplies Drive!

Join Safe & Sound's annual Back-to-School Drive and help provide essential school supplies to children in need. Last year, we made a difference for Mia and her family, giving her the hope and confidence to start the school year on equal footing with her peers. Your support can bring smiles and hope to many more children this year.
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Blue Ribbon 2024 Celebration

Please join us to celebrate and fundraise for the families we serve at Safe & Sound! For more than 50 years, we have been at the forefront of providing programs that keep children safe and families strong. Support our mission at our 27th Annual “Blue Ribbon Celebration” and help us build brighter futures for our families and community!

Safe & Sound Completes Successful Program Demonstrating Feasibility of ACEs Screening at Scale Across the United States

Safe & Sound is proud to announce the CYW’s successful completion of a groundbreaking program aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of ACEs screening…

Our TALK Line Keeps Children Safe – Your Support Makes it Happen

The TALK Line is Safe & sound’s “front door” that many families use for our direct, supportive, wrap-around services…

Why a San Francisco nonprofit’s gift drive meant so much this year

Workers and volunteers with Safe and Sound — a San Francisco nonprofit focused on preventing and reducing the impact of childhood abuse, neglect and trauma throughout California — began the year with cause for celebration.
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Your Support is a Lifeline for Families and Children Facing Challenges

Joyous sounds fill Safe & Sound’s Therapeutic Children’s Playroom as children giggle and play. The Playroom, always buzzing with activities…
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Help Children Be Successful This School Year

As a new school year approaches, the excitement of seeing friends and learning new things can quickly be erased by the stresses too often felt by families living in vulnerable situations…
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Blue Ribbon 2023 Celebration

We welcome you to the Safe & Sound speakeasy where you will sip on your Tom Collins and dance the night away to some 1920s sounds, while we highlight the impact Safe & Sound has had in the community for the past 50 years!

Application and Update on the Mandated Reporting to Community Supporting Task Force

In September 2022, Safe & Sound released an issue brief proposing recommendations that will build strong communities that help keep children safe and families together. Over the last year…
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Strengthening Families is Possible With Your Support & Partnership

Over the past 15 years, Safe & Sound’s programs have directly served more than 150,000 individuals and contributed to a 67% reduction in the rate of child abuse in San Francisco.

A Warm Hello from Safe & Sound CEO Pegah Faed

I am honored and excited to connect with you as the new CEO of Safe & Sound. It’s been an extraordinary first few weeks filled with warm welcomes, thoughtful team discussions, inspiring connections with families, and a sneak peek into the incredible foundation this organization has built.

Welcome Dr. Pegah Faed, Our New CEO

We are thrilled to officially welcome our new CEO, Dr. Pegah Faed, to the Safe & Sound community. Pegah has dedicated her career to lasting change for children and families, and we are energized to embark on the next chapter for Safe & Sound with her leadership.

Dr. Pegah Faed Named Chief Executive Officer for Safe & Sound

Letter from Sarah Whitelaw and Bill Barnes, Board Co-Chairs; and Doug Tom, Chair of the Search Committee and the CEO Success Committee Dear Safe &…

Sometimes Life Can Challenge a Family’s Strength

After fleeing her home country because of domestic violence, Amanda found herself staying with one of her four children in an emergency shelter in San…

New issue brief with action steps to create pathways to community support

Partnering with communities to create a child & family well-being system We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine the child welfare…

Sharing Important News from Safe & Sound

Letter from Katie Albright  June 8, 2022 To my dear friends and partners of the Safe & Sound Community, I have some important news to share with…

The Trauma-informed ACE Screening and Intervention Evaluation (TASIE) Project is Changing the Standard of Pediatric Care in the US

Seeking the Next Cohort of Pediatric Practices for Participation SAN FRANCISCO and EAST WINDSOR, N.J., June 6, 2022 – Safe & Sound’s Center for Youth…

In memory of Madeleine K. Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State and first female secretary of state in U.S. history

We recognize and honor the memory of Madeleine K. Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State and first female secretary of state in U.S. history. She…

Gender-affirming Care for Transgender Children is Not Child Abuse. Safe & Sound Joins San Francisco and California Leaders in Condemning Anti-Transgender Actions of Texas Governor Abbott

We strongly condemn the recent actions of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to classify gender-affirming care for transgender children as “child abuse.”  Simply stated, gender-affirming care…
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We All Have a Role in Supporting Families

By: Katie Albright and Jody Levison-Johnson January 28, 2022 Children thrive on positive and nurturing relationships with caregivers and other adults in their lives. This…
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Mask Requirements for Children is Not Child Abuse

The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition August 8, 2021 Over the past many months, we have learned to practice social distancing, mask…
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THE CENTER FOR YOUTH WELLNESS AND SAFE & SOUND JOIN TOGETHER TO SERVE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SAN FRANCISCO

Today, the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) and Safe & Sound announced their agreement to join together as one organization to serve families and children in San Francisco. Both…

TIME TO TRANSFORM CHILD WELFARE INTO A CHILD AND FAMILY WELL-BEING SYSTEM

By Katie Albright | April 30, 2021 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which then turns to May as Foster Care Month. The time to acknowledge deep…
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Standing Together Against Anti-AAPI Violence and Racism

The San Francisco Family Resource Center (FRC) Alliance condemns the rise in racist rhetoric and violence against Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and…
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We all have a Role to Play in Nurturing Child and Family Wellbeing

Every child comes into the world filled with tremendous potential and the promise for the future. Potential that may lead to transformational innovations, social justice,…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

This April and throughout the year, the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition members have joined to increase awareness about child and family…
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Sometimes we all need a little help.

Sometimes we all need a little help, but it’s not always easy to ask. Ms. Yang’s son needed a new pair of shoes after his…
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Casey Family Programs Highlights Safe & Sound’s Family Support Center

Safe & Sound is excited to be highlighted by Casey Family Programs in their recent “Bright Spot”, which focuses on our programs and services provided…

Meeting Big & Small Needs: Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

“Dear Safe & Sound, I may not always say I when I say thank you. Thank you for allowing m to summer camp. This is…
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Black Lives Matter

To our Safe & Sound community: There comes a time when we must acknowledge we are not doing enough. We must do more. We must stand…

A Look Back on Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dear Friends, On this last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, I hope that you and your family, friends, and colleagues are healthy and well.

The impactful work of Family Resource Centers

Dear Friends, In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, San Francisco’s 26 neighborhood-based Family Resource Centers (FRCs) have responded quickly to meet the needs of vulnerable children,…

Our work to strengthen families

Dear Friends, Safe & Sound has rapidly adapted our programs and services to respond to the growing and extensive impact this public health crisis has…

From Me to You: This Year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month

Dear Friends, April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In the few weeks leading up to this month, our collective lives have been turned upside…

Safe & Sound: Serving Our Community

Dear Friends, Safe & Sound is here and working to protect children, strengthen families, and build community during this difficult time. At the top of…

Safe & Sound’s Waller Street Location closed during Shelter-in-Place

Under Mayor Breed’s Shelter-in-Place Order, our Waller Street Family Support Center has been closed.  However, all of our staff will be working remotely to continue…

Supporting families through the Coronavirus Pandemic

To Our Safe & Sound Friends, Families & Colleagues, At the heart of our mission at Safe & Sound is our commitment to protecting the…

Saying Goodbye to Frank Caufield

With deep sadness on his recent passing, we respectfully honor our long-time supporter, Frank Caufield, who helped so many in a humble and quiet way.

Celebrating the Life of Mardi Kildebeck

Safe & Sound is saddened by the recent passing of Mardi Kildebeck, who was a wonderful friend, a supporter of our work, and a regular…

Jessica didn’t know what to do.

It was August, almost time for her four kids to go back to elementary school for the new school year. They needed so many new…
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UC Berkeley Students Visit Safe & Sound

Last week, Safe & Sound was honored to participate in UC Berkeley’s Company Visits Program and welcomed nine undergraduate students on a tour of our…

Take Action to Protect Families: Sign This Petition to Protect Food Stamps

Safe & Sound CEO Katie Albright is a member of The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition, whose mission is to provide leadership and…

Letter to Congress & the Administration: End government-sanctioned border separations of families

Last week, the National Child Abuse Coalition (NCAC) delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Leader Kevin McCarthy, Leader Mitch McConnell, and Leader Charles Schumer, expressing…

Walter & Elise Haas Fund: Betting on the Bay with Katie Albright

Recently, Walter & Elise Haas Fund Executive Director Jamie Allison spoke with Safe & Sound CEO Katie Albright as part of their Betting on the…

How A Child Can Qualify For Social Security Benefits For Mental Health Services

Children who experience abuse may require help to recover. Parents who want to help their child recover often have to choose between working to pay for living…
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Safe & Sound Receives Prestigious 2018 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

Safe & Sound is honored to be awarded the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, recognizing that…

2019 Blue Ribbon Luncheon

For information about sponsorships, please email luncheon@safeandsound.org.

Moments Make a Lifetime

I giggled last night with my sons – back and forth – we laughed and those moments made my heart swell.  I hope you also…

Elena’s Parenting Challenges

Mateo’s mother, Elena, came to me worried. Elena didn’t know what to do about her 3-year-old son’s behavior issues. Being a young single mother, she needed help…
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Learn about our year.

  We did a lot last year. We supported vulnerable families, expanded our partnerships, and leveraged new data to advocate for the health, safety, and…

Luncheon Photos!

We had a fantastic Blue Ribbon Luncheon. Thanks to the 650+ supporters who joined us on April 19 to prevent child abuse and reduce its…

Esto es maltrato infantil aprobado por el gobierno.

Miembros de la comunidad: Al igual que muchos de ustedes, estoy indignada con la reciente política de esta administración que separa a los niños de…
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This is government-sanctioned child abuse.

Leer en Español. Fellow Community Members, Like so many of you, I am outraged by this administration’s recent policy to forcibly and systematically separate children…

Make Every Month Child Abuse Prevention Month

My journey to Safe & Sound has been unorthodox, to say the least. Before Safe & Sound hired me in August of 2017, I worked…

With heavy heart, we say goodbye to our founder Dr. Moses Grossman.

He was a dear friend and constant champion for children. Today, our founder, Dr. Grossman, passed away. It was in 1973 when Dr. Moses Grossman…

What does Safe & Sound mean?

To me, safe and sound is my mother’s voice. Her constant vigilance about my health and wellbeing. It’s her saying to me as I hurriedly…

On the Passing of Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Dear Safe & Sound Community, We have lost a true friend. Mayor Edwin M. Lee was an incredible champion for children and families. He advocated…

Give Holiday Toys & Meals this #GivingTuesday

Every year, Safe & Sound hosts our annual Holiday Toy Store and Meal Program. This beloved program gives parents the opportunity to select free gifts…

Renewing Maya’s Hope: simple acts of support

With her newborn son cradled in her arms and 4-year-old daughter by her side, Maya walked into Safe & Sound’s family support center unsure of…
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Remembering Connie Goggio

Active in many causes throughout San Francisco, Connie had a special place in her heart of Safe & Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse…

See the winning photographs.

On September 28 we announced the winners of our first-ever Pinwheel Photo Contest, which launched this summer! We’re so grateful to all of the participants…

Safe kids. Strong families. Sound communities.

How the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center became Safe & Sound. Earlier this month, I let you know that the San Francisco Child Abuse…
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Melinda Ellis Evers: Our New Board Chair

I first met Melinda while volunteering at our children’s school. We immediately clicked. I have always been in awe of her ability to throw herself…

Why is it we believe we can end child abuse?

About a month ago at our annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon, I shared our vision with the 600+ supporters and advocates who filled Grand Ballroom at…
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Child Abuse Costs All of Us

It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month: time to stand up and step out. Join us online and in-person at San Francisco City Hall (April 4 @…
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Remembering Cathy Topham.

As a long-time community leader and volunteer, Cathy worked tirelessly to help parents and caregivers create a safe world for their children. She volunteered two…

Natalie Delagnes Talbott: Thoughtful, Kind & Balanced

What can I say about Natalie? She is unquestionably one of the most dedicated advocates for children and child abuse prevention that I have the…

‘Tis the season of joy + happiness.

‘Tis the season of joy and happiness. Well, at least that’s what commercials, songs, and society says to us. And, for many it is. But…

Emily’s Story

Racing down Waller Street as fast as she could with her little 2-year-old legs, Emily abruptly stopped in front of the fire house and pointed…

It’s Giving Tuesday.

It’s the day in which we focus not on ourselves, but on our community. The day in which we rally support for our cause: a…
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“What do we tell our children?”

Dear Friends, “What do we tell our children?” Our clients and community have been asking us this question and trying to understand its meaning after…
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All Treats, No Tricks.

It’s that spooky, ghostly, ghouling time of year. Booo! It’s time to turn on your imagination and turn off the lights. To pull out the…
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Molly Jardiniano: Silly, Sweet & Sarcastic

The Prevention Center is a special place to so many families. It’s a safe base, a refuge for support and learning. It’s also special for…
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Gabriella Speaks Out

Gabriella raised her hand and asked to speak with Ms. Brianna privately. At the end of the lesson, outside the 5th grade classroom in the…

Analyzing Data to Protect Kids

Collecting and using data is one of the ways we improve our programs to help families and children. As one of two Data Managers at…

Joe Siedman: Dedicated, Charismatic & Thoughtful

I met Joe by happenstance on the shore of the Eel River. As we discussed tubing and whether or not there were eels in the…

Remembering Delia

Delia Ehrlich was a passionate philanthropist. The Prevention Center was among the numerous causes that she supported through her membership in the Auxiliary. Delia facilitated numerous…

Never Touch A Gun

Slap slap, pat pat, clap clap. Roxanna began slapping her hands against her legs. Quickly without any further prompting, the squirmy third graders settled and…
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Brianna Green: Powerful, Funny & Kind

A year ago, Brianna chose to bring her talents and enthusiasm to the Prevention Center when she joined our team as a community educator. Over…

Super Summer Family Fun

Each summer the kids are out of school, the fog (usually) rolls in along with thousands of tourists, and we all begin the hunt for…
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Russell Stephens: Intense, Curious & Enigmatic

At the Prevention Center, one of my favorite places is our Playroom. Most days it’s filled with uproarious laughter, with bangs and kerplunks, stories being…

What Support Do Parents Need?

Here at the Prevention Center one of our many services is a 24-hour parental stress line called the TALKLine, where parents can find a supportive, reflective…
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Building Strong Families

The Prevention Center has learned something important in our more than 40 years of service to families in San Francisco (which recent research confirms): ultimately,…
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Andrea Rush: Inquisitive, Resourceful & Always-In-Motion

I met Andrea my first day at the Prevention Center and since, she’s always been a bit of a lifeline for me (really, for everyone)…

Behind the Scenes: Interning at the Prevention Center

A mother walks in the door. She is tired, stressed, and trying to care for three kids. She does not remember having a loving mother…
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Lauren Dunford: inquisitive, driven & passionate

The Prevention Center runs on staff, volunteers, passion, and a lot of pastries. Everything from our 24/7 crisis hotline, the TALKLine, to our Tuesday night…

Hope is the word

On Thursday, 600+ people gathered together at the Fairmont Hotel to show their support for our one shared mission: to stop child abuse in our…

Michael Geier: man with the mustache

In the heart of an often over-looked (or unfortunately stereotyped) neighborhood, a school — a community — thrives. Tenderloin Community School (TCS) is at the…

Kings, Queens + Beach Bums…Oh My!

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend a class here at the Prevention Center made up of nine youth. I came on behalf of…

Take a Stand to Keep Kids Safe

For the first time ever, San Francisco’s City Hall will be lit up blue on Tuesday, April 5 in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention…
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Prevention Center hosts private Paper Tigers screening + panel of county trauma-informed systems leaders

This article has been cross-posted from ACEs Connection, see the original here. On the evening of March 2, 2016, the SF Child Abuse Prevention Center…

Richard Pio Roda: thoughtful, successful & solid

Richard has long been a fan and supporter of the Prevention Center. He makes my job easy. But what I love most about Richard is…

It’s not about the Super Bowl

This article is cross-posted from Huffington Post, read the original here. Over the past few weeks a barrage of articles, blog posts, and conversations have…

The Time Machine

The Children’s Playroom, here at the Prevention Center, houses many different toys for our young guests. From ticklish Elmo’s, to trains sets, to a mini…
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Our Bold New Agenda

How many children should live in harm’s way? We had to ask ourselves this very question last year as we undertook to create a five…

Paige Rausser: Caring, Loud & Opinionated

I’m thrilled to have you meet Paige, a dear friend who I introduced to the Prevention Center years ago at Blue Ribbon Luncheon. Paige was…

Remembering Wilkes

San Francisco fashion icon Wilkes Bashford supported the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center from our very beginning — from lending advice to hosting a…

Remembering Wilkes

San Francisco fashion icon Wilkes Bashford supported the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center from our very beginning — from lending advice to hosting a…
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19th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon

We’re proud to announce the 19th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon! This year’s luncheon promises to be better than ever. Sesame Street’s own Sonia Manzano (or Maria…
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Jen Brokaw: Forthright, Kind, Passionate (& Funny!)

Since I first told Jen about the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center she’s been a staunch advocate for our work and for child safety.

Ten fun-filled (holi)days

I love the holidays. There are lights and cheer on every corner of San Francisco. Visitors come to town, school’s out, and family is all…
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Meet Vivian.

Vivian packed her belongings and two kids into the car and she left. She was done with him pushing her around. She’d had enough of…

Grant a Wish.

What is the Children’s Playroom? The Children’s Playroom here at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center provides therapeutic play and support groups for kids…

Lois Pavlow: Trailblazer. Advocate.

Lois Pavlov is San Francisco’s child abuse prevention pioneer. As a long-time community leader and children’s advocate, Lois worked tirelessly to create a better, stronger…

Lois Pavlow: Trailblazer. Advocate.

Lois Pavlov is San Francisco’s child abuse prevention pioneer. As a long-time community leader and children’s advocate, Lois worked tirelessly to create a better, stronger…

Collective Impact: Working Together to Protect San Francisco’s Kids

This article is cross-posted from Olive Grove. Maria was in second grade when her grandfather was arrested for forcing her to have sex with him…

Juanita’s Story: Finding the Path to Success

Juanita was addicted to alcohol and drugs and in an abusive relationship that was harmful to her and her two children. She was desperate to…

September 2015 Newsletter

Notable News Children are settling into their classes in schools across the Bay Area and BART and Muni are jam-packed with riders recently returned from…

4th Annual Russian River Ride

On Friday, August 28th, 25 cyclists will begin a 100-mile ride from the front door of our family support center in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of…

18th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon

Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, we raised over $640,000! This record breaking amount will support vital services for at-risk children and their…

Webinar: Toxic! Stress, Health and ACES!

   Check it out here.  Our very own Katie Albright, Executive Director, participated in the Aspen Institute’s webinar discussing the intersection of toxic stress, health and…

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…

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

April 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…

February 2015 Newsletter

Notable News The National Children’s Alliance (the entity that accredits Children’s Advocacy Centers nationally) has awarded the Prevention Center funding to develop protocols and trainings to…

January 2015 Newsletter

Happy January 2015! Because of you, the children of San Francisco have begun this year on a happier note. Whether you are a donor, volunteer,…

CAC: Where Harm Stops and Hope and Healing Begin

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Enabling Parents

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17th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon – A Great Success!

A deep thank you to all who joined us on May 2, 2014 to make our 17th Annual Blue Ribbon Luncheon a HUGE success! Inspired…

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…

Children’s Advocacy Center Opening

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…

Katie Albright Interview

Bay Area Focus – 2/16/2014 First, make sure you’re logged into Facebook, and then click here to watch the video! By Bay Area Focus.

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 Prevention Center’s Katie Albright and Molly Jardiniano on ABC7/KGO-TV Beyond the Headlines

“In this week’s episode of “Beyond the Headlines,” we take a look at a heartbreaking subject that touches nearly every community in the United States:…

Executive Director, Katie Albright, on CBS 5 Bay Sunday

TALK Line