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Prevent Child Abuse Arizona Executive Director Rebecca Ruffner receives Spirit of Prevention Award

Rebecca Ruffner, executive director of Prescott Valley-based nonprofit Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, left, receives the Spirit of Prevention Award from Susie Huhn, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers board member and Casa de los Niños president.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Photo courtesy of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Rebecca Ruffner, executive director of Prescott Valley-based nonprofit Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, left, receives the Spirit of Prevention Award from Susie Huhn, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers board member and Casa de los Niños president.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Photo courtesy of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Rebecca Ruffner, executive director of the Prescott Valley-based nonprofit organization Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, was recently honored by the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers with the Spirit of Prevention Award.

Council CEO Emily Jenkins and board member Susie Huhn surprised Ruffner with the award July 22 during the 21st annual Child Abuse Prevention conference, which drew more than 700 attendees from across the state.

The Spirit of Prevention Award is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond in the mission to prevent child abuse.

"This award is a tremendous honor," said Ruffner. "I have spent decades trying to go upstream to support families so kids grow up safe and healthy. It makes so much more sense to stop lives from being damaged rather than try to fix them after the damage is done."

Ruffner founded Prevent Child Abuse Arizona out of her Prescott home in 1989. Under her leadership, the organization now helps more than 60,000 children, families and community professionals annually. PCA Arizona's research-based prevention programs include trainings for law enforcement and juvenile court staff involved in child welfare; Best for Babies, improving outcomes for maltreated infants and toddlers; Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program; Never Shake a Baby Arizona; Strong Families AZ; and the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center.

Ruffner is also a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, and in that role personally advocates on behalf of infants and toddlers in foster care to ensure their well-being.

PCA Arizona's new video "The Upstream Solution" illustrates via a fable-like story the importance of prevention. View and share it at pcaaz.org/upstream-solution/.

For more information about Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, visit www.pcaaz.org or call 928-445-5038.

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