Project Protect

People Trained So Far


Richard Keller-Coffey
Community Education Facilitator

What is Project Protect?

The CPCA’s mission is to prevent child abuse in the in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Learning how to recognize when a child needs your help is one step we can all take to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

We are asking our community to take the pledge and learn the warning signs of child abuse and neglect.

Why take the pledge?

Over 1,000 cases of child abuse are reported in Dutchess County each year. Around 5X as many go unreported. With activities canceled and online schooling the new normal, abuse has been easier for perpetrators to hide. The result? Abuse is happening more often and with greater severity. Five children die each day from abuse in the U.S. but we know sharing the warning signs works!

What will you learn?

When you think of child abuse, your first thought may be of bruises, but the signs aren’t always so clear.

This presentation answers questions such as:

  • How prevalent is abuse in our community?
  • What are the different types of abuse?
  • How can you tell when a child needs YOUR help?
  • What are some signs of child abuse that will surprise you?
  • If a child needs help, what should you do?
  • What are some of the myths about reporting child abuse?
  • You will also have the opportunity to ask your own questions!

Ending child abuse takes all of us. Become trained by clicking the link below.

For our corporate partners: Pledge a commitment to the children in our community by hosting your own virtual training session. Your company will receive a framed certificate upon completion that you can hang in your establishment. For more information or to set up a date, email Richard Keller-Coffey.

“Even with the background in mental health services, now more than ever we needed to have the lively discussion of how we can be more observant during Telehealth and recognize if a child is at risk. I encourage anyone who comes in contact with children to take the session.”

Jackie Muller, LCSWR

Dynamic Intervention Wellness Solutions

“Thank you so much for delivering such an excellent presentation in a clear and engaging way. I gained more from your presentation than all of the hours spent reading endless amounts of literature on safeguarding children and child protection.”

Caroline Hanley

Learn more about our trainings

A free, live virtual presentation on “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” occurring twice a day every Tuesday. Learn the signs a child might need help, what to do when they do, and how you are protected if you need to call in a report.

A required course for certain professionals in New York State to equip individuals with the necessary information to fulfill the important role as a mandated reporter of child abuse or maltreatment. There is a $25.00 participant fee for certificate, material and a professional resource contact.

35 Van Wagner Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
Monday—Friday 9AM to 5PM