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ProKids Honors Volunteers, Community


At its recent virtual Fall Fete, ProKids honored its volunteers and its Committed Community with its annual awards. Recipients of the Darlene Kamine Advocate of the Year awards are: Phil Beckman Anne Gilligan Jane Hopson Paula Livingston The recipient of the Merilee Turner Volunteer of the Year Award is: Wynndel Watts And the 2020 Community

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ProKids Perspective Featured in News Coverage


ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook was part of a news report on WCPO following up on the number of abused and neglected children who are coming into the child protection system during the pandemic. You can find out more about how the pandemic is expected to impact our children here.

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It’s Time to Lean Forward


At this critical time for our community’s children, ProKids is gathering as many supporters as possible in a virtual Call for Community, focused on providing funding for abused and neglected children who need our advocacy. Please plan to join us on a Call for Community, and invite your friends and family to join us, at

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ProKids Releases 2019 Community Report


While focused on the ongoing issues affecting our children in today’s public health crisis, ProKids looked back on its 2019 accomplishments in its 2019 annual report to the community. The report highlights the record number of community volunteers who stepped forward to speak up for abused and neglected children, enabling ProKids to advocate for 1,009

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Lawrence Hawkins: A Champion for Children


A longtime ProKids board member, a founding Friends of Children Society member and an ongoing supporter of ProKids, Lawrence Hawkins was a true champion for children. We were saddened recently by the news of his death. Here is a reflection from Executive Director Tracy Cook: Lawrence Hawkins respected and adored children. Most adults love children, but

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A Note on Showing Up for Each Other


By Dan Stultz During times like these. there are ways we can show up for each other (fellow staff members, volunteers, the children we serve, etc.). These practical suggestions are especially useful for those who are part of privileged identities. When so much is going on in our world, it is important to remember that

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Children May be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help.


Published in the New York Times,  April 13, 2020Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help. By Perri Klass, M.D. When you go out these days, if you must go out in this time of coronavirus, you see more and more masks — homemade fabric masks, surgical masks of all varieties, and the occasional

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Enquirer: Trauma Related to COVID-19 Hits Kids the Hardest


Trauma casts a long shadow in a child’s life, said Tracy Cook, executive director of ProKids. (Photo: fiorigianluigi / iStock via Getty Images) You can read more about why we urgently need volunteers here. Published April 30, 2020 in the Cincinnati Enquirer By Tracy Cook ProKids Executive Director There are a lot of tough questions [...]

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‘Coronavirus crisis has put kids at risk’


From the Cincinnati Enquirer, March 27, 2020 At 9 years old, Monique Conyers’ parent beat her with a belt.  Later, at school, Conyers gathered the courage to indicate to a teacher there was trouble at home. Then the teacher discovered wounds on her pupil’s back. The school filed a formal report with child protective services. From then on,

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ProKids Announces Record Impact in 2019


In 2019, ProKids directly served 1,009 children in Hamilton County, the largest number ProKids has served with volunteers. This doubled the number of children served annually less than 10 years ago, and was enabled by a record number of 310 volunteers. ProKids Executive Director Tracy Cook said the numbers represent tremendous growth for the agency.

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