Holiday Giving with PCAU

Please consider donating a decorated holiday table-top tree for our Holiday Dinner for children and their families.

What: Donate a Decorated Holiday Tree
When: Drop-off Deadline December 5, 2012
Where: 2955 Harrison Blvd., Suite 104, Ogden, UT
(Located inside Red Cross Bldg.)
Size: Please limit tree size to 4 feet in height

Questions? Contact Shannon Trapier at (801) 393-3366, or

Other donations we would love for our families to take with them after the dinner:
Tree ornaments, Holiday Wreaths, Holiday Stockings,
Wood Craft Decorations, Outdoor Holiday Decorations

Prevent Child Abuse Utah is also accepting various Christmas gifts for our Christmas for Kids program throughout the month of December. This program provides holiday gifts to children who are otherwise going without this year.

For more information about Christmas for Kids and how you can help, contact our office at 801-393-3366.

Thank you for your support this holiday season!


JOINING FORCES: Home Visiting: Battle Wounds… What have we learned and where do we go from here?

Home visitation programs are one of the fastest growing most dynamic programs in terms of true prevention and evidence –based outcomes. Despite the efficacy shown by these programs, they pose a number of challenges for in-home visitors trying to engage high-risk families while they strive for long-term positive change. Collaboration and advocacy efforts across the State of Utah are important in securing the future of these programs.  This workshop will provide a forum to discuss where we are as a state in our proactive approach to in-home services, the challenges we have taken on and how we can continue working for healthier Utah families.

This session will be presented by Shannon Trapier on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:15 until 11:45 am.

Shannon is the program supervisor for the Healthy Families program at Prevent Child Abuse Utah.   She completed her bachelor’s degree in social work at California State University, Fresno and later completed a master of management and public administration at the University of Phoenix.  Shannon has worked in the social work field for 20 years in home visiting programs, DCFS, and residential treatment programs.

JOINING FORCES begins Monday! Call Mike Floor (1-800-CHILDREN) to register until Friday by 5:00 pm, otherwise registration will begin Monday morning at 7:30 am at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. You do not want to miss this valuable training.

Happy Halloween from PCAU!

Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s Healthy Families Utah and Safe Families Utah programs put on a Halloween Carnival for all of their participating families a couple of days ago! It was a huge success with about 150 people in attendance! We caught a few photos of the fun.


The Jack O’Lantern Piñata was a blast. Lots of candy for everyone.

Captain Jack Sparrow hanging out by the fishing pond where the kids got to “fish” for prizes.

A little giraffe Mummy Bowling!

Pumpking Painting and Decorating for the whole family. It was a fun night for all of our staff, volunteers, and families!

We also had face painting…And the balloon animals were a HIT!

Spooky Spiders!A full gym! Thanks to everyone who made this night so successful. Everyone had a blast!

Some kids all dressed up this morning for Halloween parties and parades at school. Happy Halloween!We hope that you all have a happy and safe Halloween this year! Check out our Facebook page for safety tips to use while trick-or-treating tonight. 

Healthy Families Utah is a free, voluntary parenting program for first-time parents who are either pregnant or have just had their baby. This program offers care and support as your new family experiences the joys and challenges of having a new baby.

Safe Families Utah is a free and flexible program that provides in-home parenting education to families in Weber and Salt Lake Counties. Sessions and materials are available in English and Spanish.

If you would like to be a part of our Healthy Families Utah Program contact Shannon Trapier or Chelsea Mamanakis at 801-393-3366 or toll-free at 1-800-CHILDREN. If you are interested in hearing more about our Safe Families Utah Program ask for Gwen Zabokrtsky or e-mail her at