April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Stand together with Mission Kids as we honor the 1,326 children we helped last year.

Pinwheels for Prevention

Every April, Mission Kids plants a symbolic ‘garden’ with hundreds of pinwheels. This year, we planted 1,326 pinwheels, each one representing a child in Montgomery County and their journey toward healing from abuse.

A Ceremony to Honor & Protect Our Kids​

Friday, April 5, 2024
10:00 am

Norristown Transportation Center

Agenda & Speakers

Opening Remarks

Leslie Slingsby
CEO of Services and Operations, Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center

Special Addresses

Ken Lawrence
Chair, SEPTA

Michelle Henry
Pennsylvania Attorney General

Senator Maria Collett
Pennsylvania, District 12

Representative Greg Scott
District 54, Montgomery County

Neil Makhjia
Vice Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

Thomas DiBello
Commissioner, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

Ed McCann
First Assistant District Attorney, Montgomery County

Dr. Jacqueline Bailey-Davis
Chief, Norristown Police Department

5 Things Every Safe Adult Should Know

If a child discloses abuse to you:

get involved

9 ways YOU can help prevent abuse:

Participate in a “Smarter Parents” Workshop facilitated by Mission Kids

Register for the “Smarter Parents: Safer Kids” virtual workshop to gain essential insights into fostering healthy parent-child communication and promoting child safety. Plus, all participants will receive a $25 gift card as a token of appreciation for their commitment to nurturing safer environments for children.

Foster healthy communication, use non-violent disciplinary methods, and nurture strong parent-child bonds within your household. Keep your home a sanctuary free from violence by monitoring media content and ensuring children are safe from harmful situations.

Advocate for safe environments for children in community settings like sports clubs, camps, and religious organizations. Push for policies that prevent abuse, including background checks for staff and volunteers, and implement clear codes of conduct.

Be vigilant for signs of child abuse and take action by reporting concerns. Your voice can make a difference in protecting children from harm.

Extend a helping hand to families in need by offering support and building strong community networks. By coming together, we can provide vital resources and alleviate stressors that may contribute to abuse.

Spread awareness about child abuse through social media and your personal networks. Educating others is key to preventing abuse and creating a safer environment for all children.

Teach children about boundaries and consent, empowering them to assert their autonomy and speak up if they feel uncomfortable. Reinforce the importance of bodily autonomy and respecting personal space.

Equip children with knowledge about their bodies and encourage open dialogue about boundaries. Let them know it’s safe to confide in trusted adults if they encounter uncomfortable situations. Together, we can empower children to speak out against abuse and protect their well-being.

Your donation ensures that Mission Kids can continue to provide crucial services to child abuse victims. Consider organizing fundraisers like a dress-down day at work or school- “Pajamas for Prevention” or “Pizza Party for Prevention” to support our cause.

Sessions & Presenters

Keynote Address

Randy & Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse

Presenter: Kevin M. Mulcahy

This presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands of his soccer coach, Randy. But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past. Instead, the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases. Knowing what he knows now, Kevin believe there are lessons to be learned from his story for the investigator (Kevin’s was great), the prosecutor (Kevin’s was terrible), and the forensic interviewer (Kevin did not have one). Beyond these (hopefully) useful lessons, the presentation will provide plenty of time for questions from attendees. Given the nature of our work, we don’t often get to ask questions (beyond factual questions) of our child victims. This presentation will provide that opportunity.

About Kevin Mulcahy

Kevin is a survivor of child sexual abuse. He spent over 20 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Throughout his career, Kevin prosecuted a variety of cases, including offenses involving firearms, drugs, bank robberies, threats, terrorism, and a wide variety of other federal prosecutions. But most of his caseload focused on child exploitation crimes, including production of child pornography cases, traveler cases, and other significant crimes against children prosecutions. Kevin now works in private practice in Detroit and also serves on the board of directors of his local Child Advocacy Center. Kevin obtained his undergraduate degree in Statistics and American Culture from the University of Michigan and his JD from Santa Clara School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Law Review. He has 3 kids, 2 pets, and a very nice wife.

Artificial Intelligence and Sexual Abuse Material

Presenters: Dan Barry and Kristina Korobov, Zero Abuse Project

Experts are alarmed at the speed of the development of AI-generated child sexual abuse material, which allows the creation of explicit imagery of specific individuals and creates new images of existing victims. The scale of the problem is a challenge, and with improvements in AI technology, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine if an image is real or AI-generated. This session will provide information on the intersection of AI and CSAM and discuss the range of responses, including legislative advocacy, education, enhanced services, and prevention efforts intended to mitigate the negative expansion and effect of AI.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available! Partner with Mission Kids to support the education and training of those helping our most vulnerable children during one of the hardest times in their life.


If you want to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, reach out to Paula Jones.

Presenting Sponsor – $10,000

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  • Logo sponsor acknowledgement on social media
  • Logo placement with link on conference website, conference marketing materials and signage
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