Preventing Child Abuse

VIA LINK’s Preventing Child Abuse Program has a mission of providing 24/7 emotional support for families, connection to parenting resources, advocacy for children and families, and education for those who care for Louisiana’s children.

Helping Parents Navigate Life’s Challenges

VIA LINK offers Louisiana Parent Line, which provides parents with free, confidential, 24/7 access to a live specialist. Louisiana Parent Line can be reached through phone and text 24 hours a day.  We give parents a safe space to express their frustrations, ask parenting questions and get support. Louisiana Parent Line specialists can offer emotional support, de-escalation, crisis intervention, information & referral, and plans for coping.  Follow up calls can also be offered to parents to increase their circle of support.

The phone number is 833-LA-CHILD (833-522-4453). You can also text us at (225) 424-1533.

24/7 Support to Prevent Child Abuse

All Louisiana Parentline specialists are also mandated reporters and trained in identifying potential child abuse and making timely reports to DCFS*. Specialists can also assist those who may have concerns about potential child abuse in the reporting process and offer support.  By providing this access to support 24/7 VIA LINK hopes to prevent child abuse, reduce any instances of unreported abuse, and provide information, support, and coping for parents.

*Suspicions of child abuse or neglect can be reported directly to DCFS 24/7 by dialing 855-4LA-KIDS.


Stewards of Children Training 

The mission of Darkness to Light’s evidence based training, Stewards of Children, is to empower adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction.  For information on hosting or receiving a Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention education training, please email Sherrard Crespo, LMSW at [email protected]

ACEs Training

Join us to learn about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect who we become both mentally and physically. We will learn about the ACEs Study and what the assessment given to participants in the study looked like. Finally, we will touch on why some people with high ACEs score seem to be resilient even through adversity.  For information on hosting or receiving ACEs training email Sherrard Crespo, LMSW at [email protected]

Suicide Education and Response

Learn more about our Crisis and Suicide Intervention work here.

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“VIA LINK partners with advocates, clinicians, and community members to create macro level change for the prevention of child abuse and support for Louisiana’s families” 


A VIA LINK representative is happy to attend your event to provide information on our Preventing Child Abuse Program or services.  To have us at your event email [email protected] 

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