Project Child

What is Project Child?

Project Child is the hand that pulls the child out of the path of runaway circumstances—- teaching parents the skills they need to give proper care: to provide a safe environment, to discipline responsibly and without violence, to see that a child receives proper medical/dental checkups and treatment—and to inform both the public and professionals about services, strategies, trainings, seminars, hotlines, all BEFORE a tragedy occurs, BEFORE a child is damaged, a life shattered, a family destroyed.

Project Child provides:

  • Public Education
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Education
  • Parent Support
  • Specialized Programs and Initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote positive parenting practices

Conference 2022

No annual conference this year.

What We Do

Project Child’s services are designed for parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals in the community.

  • Parenting Education and Support
    • Ongoing parenting classes meet weekly
    • Resources and Information provided to parents of the Lehigh Valley
    • Referrals and Public Awareness
    • A variety of handouts for the community including Child Abuse Primers.

Report Abuse Now Resources:

CHILDLINE…………… call 800-932-0313

The Intake Unit (800-932-0313) is available 24 hours a day to receive reports of suspected child abuse.

Professionals who come into contact with children are required to report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the care, supervision, guidance or training of that person or of their agency, institution or organization is an abused child.

In addition, any person may report suspected abuse, even if the individual wishes to remain anonymous.

Each call is answered by a trained intake specialist who will interview the caller to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Actions include forwarding a report to a county agency for investigation as child abuse or general protective services, forwarding a report directly to law enforcement officials or refer the caller to local social services (such as counseling, financial aid and legal services).

If you have any concerns or questions about how your call was handled, please contact one of our Intake Managers or the Director at 717-783-1964.

Safe Haven for Newborns:

1-866-921-7233 (SAFE)

Pennsylvania’s program for newborn protection is known as “Safe Haven of Pennsylvania.”

The Act requires that designated hospital staff take protective custody of a newborn and perform a medical evaluation and any act necessary to care for and protect the physical health and safety of the child.

The hospital is also required to notify the county children and youth agency and local law enforcement.

The county children and youth agency is to make diligent efforts to notify a parent, guardian or other family member of the whereabouts of the newborn (unless prohibited by court order) and the reasons for the need for protective custody.

The county children and youth agency will find a safe and permanent home for the baby.

A statewide hotline 1-866-921-7233 (SAFE) has been established for women in crisis and individuals seeking information to be able to speak with a person regarding the program and to find out the location of the nearest hospital.

Trainings:

TBD

Call 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free, confidential phone line available to everyone in the U.S. Lehigh Valley residents can call 2-1-1 to obtain information about services for basic human needs such as food banks, clothing, shelters, rent and utility assistance; physical and mental health resources; employment support; resources for older adults and persons with disabilities; and support for children, youth and families.

Learn more at: http://www.pa211east.org/

For more information contact Jasmine Hines at [email protected]

Download the flyer for more information on Project Child.