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About Us — Our History

Since the beginning, COCA has been committed to and focused on the prevention of child abuse.

The agency was established in 1978 by Co-Founders Norma Stivers and Kevin Lab as Parents Anonymous of Southwestern Ohio, Inc. (PA) to provide support programs for abusive, potentially abusive, or stressed parents, with an emphasis on preventing abuse before it occurs based on the National Parents Anonymous self-help model.

During the early years, the agency focused its efforts on providing PA support groups for parents and a 24-hour Parent Hotline. In 1992, as we added programs to better address the emerging needs of the community. The agency changed its name from Parents Anonymous to the Council on Child Abuse (COCA) to better reflect the growth and scope of services provided by the agency.

Today, the programs COCA offers still maintain the intention of the founders, all with the same prevention focus. Professional staff and trained volunteers provide prevention programs and services to thousands of children, parents and professionals each year. COCA is part of national, state and local alliances that work collaboratively to prevent child abuse.

Focusing its efforts on strategic planning to guarantee the sustainability of COCA’s programs for the community, our Board of Trustees made the decision to become an affiliate of Talbert House in October 2015.

Click here for more information about our affiliation with Talbert House.




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