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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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Be Part of the 2019 Annual Campaign


Donate Our children urgently need your help. Thousands of children in our community have suffered abuse and neglect. They deserve to be safe. At 14, Jackson was getting used to taking care of his three younger brothers after his mother disappeared. But it was dark at home now; the electricity had been shut off. And [...]

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Giving Tuesday: December 3, 2019


Thank you for being a part of Giving Tuesday in support of ProKids! At ProKids, we recruit, train and support community volunteers -- who come from all walks of life -- to advocate directly for abused and neglected children in Hamilton County. Known as Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA Volunteers, they work to make [...]

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Staff Attorney Mirrored in Hollywood’s “Dark Waters”


The lives of ProKids Staff Attorney Sarah Barlage and her husband, attorney Rob Bilott, are depicted in the new movie “Dark Waters.” The movie, which stars Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo as the couple, centers on an epic battle fought by Rob over 20 years as he represented a West Virginia farmer and his family.

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“We Found Our Tribe”: Forever Families Affirmed on Adoption Day


It was a wild day with cupcakes, balloons and lots of smiles as ProKids CASA Volunteers and CASA Managers joined several families for the kickoff of National Adoption Month. The families finalized their adoptions in Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler's courtroom. And even as parents and children went about the solemn business of becoming [...]

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