Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (PCAL)

VIA LINK’s Preventing Child Abuse Louisiana 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.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is designated as national Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. PCAL and VIA LINK will be supporting CAP month by encouraging our community to participate in the following activities:

Wear Blue Day
CAP Month kicks off with Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 5th. Show your support of Child Abuse Prevention by wearing blue. Take pictures and tag us on Facebook @vialink211.

Virtual Pinwheel Garden
Show your support of PCAL’s mission and be a part of the virtual pinwheel garden by visiting

Make a Pinwheel
Make a pinwheel in support of child abuse prevention and display it in front of your home or business. For instructions on how to create a pinwheel, visit our website, follow our online posts or email screspo@

Youth Suicide Awareness Lunch & Learn
VIA LINK is hosting a free, virtual presentation on Youth Suicide Awareness on Wednesday, April 10th at 12:00 Noon. 1 Free Social Work CEU is provided. For more information, please email [email protected]

Adverse Childhood Experiences Lunch & Learn
VIA LINK is hosting a free, virtual presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Thursday, April 18th at 12:00 Noon. 1 Free Social Work CEU is provided. For more information, please email [email protected].

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.

**All Specialists on LA Parentline are Mandated Reporters through LA DCFS.**

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

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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, LCSW 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, LCSW at [email protected]

Suicide Education and Response

Learn more about our Crisis and Suicide Intervention work here.


“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” 

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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] 


Join VIA LINK for the Marguerite Redwine Award Luncheon on June 13th!