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Series III. Child Abuse Organizations, 1975-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

This series documents Elmer's work with local child abuse organizations. She was one of the co-founders of the Parental Stress Center (PSC) in 1975, and served there as the Director of Research and Training until her retirement in 1990. Elmer launched Bright Beginnings in 1982, which included parental training and a phone counseling service for new or unprepared parents. This latter program was absorbed by Safe and Sound, the Western Pennsylvania Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Subseries 1. Parental Stress Center, 1975-1990

Scope and Content Notes:

The Parental Stress Agency is a Pittsburgh organization co-founded by Elmer in 1975. The PSC focuses their efforts upon preventing child abuse by strengthening family bonds and training those responsible for child care, and features a number of programs towards this end. Included within this subseries are early organizational records.

Folder 27 PSC, 1975-1977
Folder 28 PSC, 1975-1977
Folder 29 Conference and Lecture Notes, 1976-1986
Folder 30 Forms, 1983
Folder 31 Volunteer Training , undated
Folder 32 Contacts, 1989-1990 [RESTRICTED]

Subseries 2. Bright Beginnings, 1982-1991

Scope and Content Notes:

Bright Beginnings was an educational project of the Parental Stress Center initiated by Elmer in 1982. The Bright Beginnings Warmline served to provide information referrals and non judgmental phone counseling to parents overwhelmed with childrearing. Included within this subseries are project overviews, sample promotional literature, an implementation manual, caller follow up records, and an evaluation of the program. Bright Beginnings was later absorbed by Safe and Sound, the Western Pennsylvania Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Folder 33 Basic Program Overview, undated
Folder 34 Training Workshops, 1982-1983
Folder 35 Consulting and Cost Effectiveness Notes, 1984-1988
Folder 36 Evaluation of Bright Beginnings, 1986-1987
Folder 37 Evaluation of Bright Beginnings, 1990
Folder 38 Call Follow Up Record, 1990 [RESTRICTED]
Folder 39 Implementation Manual, 1991

Subseries 3. Safe and Sound, 1988-1993

Scope and Content Notes:

The Western Pennsylvania Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, or Safe and Sound as it was more commonly known, was a volunteer organization founded in 1988 to prevent child abuse within a twenty-four county region of Western Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Elmer served on the Board of Directors of this organization beginning in 1990. Included in this subseries are meeting minutes and correspondence, as well as an annotated selection of materials from the national parent organization.


Box 5
Folder 1 Mission Statement and Long Range Plan, undated
Folder 2 Board Orientation Materials, 1990
Folder 3 Board of Directors, 1990-1993
Folder 4 Board of Directors, 1990-1993
Folder 5 Correspondence, 1992-1993
Folder 6 National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse materials, undated