PCAVT Healthy Relationships Project:

FCCTF is the designated child abuse prevention agency in Franklin County. We see the prevention of child sexual abuse as of the utmost importance. The developmentally targeted PCAVT Healthy Relationships Project utilizes health-focused strategies that match children and youth’s social-emotional level and increase protective factors such as communication skills, empathy and knowledge of support systems, eliminating the messaging that puts the burden on children to protect themselves without regard to both the developmental levels of children and the dynamics of abuse.

Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety:

This program is designed for parents, students, and educators and is intended to inform them of the challenges presented by the ever-increasing use of the Internet by young adults. Using a series of strategies, the program is delivered in schools through individual classroom and group presentations, and is also offered to school personnel. Presentations for parents are delivered upon request at prearranged Internet Safety Nights throughout Franklin County.

Professional Training Opportunities to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Mandated Reporter Training:

Maine law requires that certain professionals, identified as Mandated Reporters, who suspect child abuse and neglect report to Child Protective Services. Maine law also requires training once every four years. The purpose of Mandated Reporter training is to promote child safety by increasing the knowledge of Mandated Reporters. Participants will learn how to identify the signs of abuse and neglect and the process for making a report.

Strengthening Families Protective Factors

Strengthening Families™ is a research- informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

This training is designed for anyone who works with children and families and focuses on concrete ways your work can support the building of Protective Factors. Professionals will learn how to work in partnership with families to promote child safety and family well- being.

Infant Safe Sleep: SIDS Prevention

Reducing the number of injuries and deaths of Maine infants due to unsafe sleep practices is a priority. This training provides professionals with an understanding of the importance of educating and supporting families to create a safe sleep environment for their babies. Participants will learn ways to advocate, model, and reinforce safe sleep practices.

The Period of Purple Crying: Abusive Head Trauma Prevention

The Period of PURPLE Crying program is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) prevention program. This training takes a normal child development approach by providing professionals with knowledge and skills to help parents and caregivers understand the frustrating features of crying in normal infants that can lead to shaking or abuse.

Contact us to schedule a date for your staff today!

All trainings are scheduled at your convenience before, during, or after work hours at the location of your choosing. Many businesses utilize their staff meetings and training days for these professional development opportunities. Community trainings are also available for individuals and families upon request.


Rileigh Blanchet, Social Services Director,

Emily Rackliffe, Parent Engagement Specialist and Visitation Supervisor,

Drew Blanchet, Prevention Manager,

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