Jessica Jackson has worked at Alabama’s Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention since 2004. The Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is the only state department whose sole mission is to prevent child abuse, and funds community-based programs across the state that provide classes and assistance to at-risk families. Jessica is the Program Manager for the Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood program, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, and the Children’s First program. She is a single mother of a five-year old son, Darius. In the next five years, she hopes to open a group home for teenage boys. Jessica is extremely passionate about the topic of fatherhood, especially with teen fathers. She truly believes that with early intervention, we can prevent some the cycles of abuse, neglect, and absenteeism running throughout our communities.