National Child Abuse Prevention Partners
The Children’s Bureau’s National Child Abuse Prevention Partners brings together national organizations engaged in family support and child maltreatment prevention to communicate and exchange ideas on how to apply prevention-related research to practice, exchange information about innovative approaches, and promote collective action to maximize impact.
Rooted in the historic cause of advancing equity for all people, the Alliance is a national strategic action network driven by members aligned through shared ownership and a common vision to achieve a healthy and equitable society. Members provide and lead an array of programs such as counseling, education and enrichment, child abuse prevention, adoption, foster care, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and civic engagement and advocacy.
Pediatricians and pediatric healthcare providers play an important role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The AAP’s Council on Child Abuse and Neglect is dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of infants, children and adolescents through the prevention, identification, management and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) seeks to improve the quality of practice provided by professionals who work in child abuse and neglect through providing professional education and promoting research and practice guidelines in child maltreatment.
The American Psychological Association (APA), based in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s mission is to advance creation, dissemination and application of psychological knowledge and practice to benefit society and improves people’s lives. The APA Violence Prevention Office (VPO) coordinates APA’s activities related to violence and injury prevention, and treatment on topics associated with child maltreatment, trauma, media violence, and youth violence. The office collaborates with other national associations, national collaboratives, and federal agencies to promote the contributions of psychology and psychologists to the understanding and prevention of violence.
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is a bipartisan national membership association representing the cabinet-level leadership of state and local health and human services agencies, and the subject matter experts that help execute their mission to improve outcomes for people nationwide. Building on their long-standing relationships across the human services field and direct connection to the in-depth knowledge of leaders who administer them, APHSA focuses on generating pragmatic, community-wide solutions that advance well-being.
APHSA connects its members to national policymakers and human-serving organizations across a wide circle of stakeholders in the health and human services sector, as well as key partners in education, housing, employment, and others. APHSA has a unique role in the prevention community because they are directly connected not only to child welfare leadership across the country, but also to those overseeing programs that touch other important building blocks for child and family well-being such as food, health, and child care. APHSA also helps members build more capacity for their teams through access to our professional education and development conferences, technical expertise, publications, and our Organizational Effectiveness practice.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.
Be Strong Families partners to develop transformative conversations that nurture the spirit of family, promote well-being, and prevent violence. It is internationally known as an innovator in using structured, small group conversations called cafès to facilitate transformation and healing within families.
The mission of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is to develop public policies and practices that strengthen families and communities to produce equal opportunities and a better future for all children. CSSP’s Strengthening Families initiative is being used in more than 30 states as a framework for preventing child abuse and neglect by building protective factors with families.
Chapin Hall is a policy research center dedicated to bringing rigorous research and innovative ideas to policymakers, service providers, and funders working to improve the well-being of children. Our work provides a source of knowledge about the needs of children and the service systems designed to meet those needs.
In addition to a 24-hour National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD), Childhelp directly serves abused children through residential treatment facilities, child advocacy centers, group homes, foster care, preschool programs, child abuse prevention programs, and community outreach.
Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children’s Bureau/ACF/HHS and promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, preventing child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. The Children’s Bureau, together with Child Welfare Information Gateway and other partners, supports National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The CWLA is an association of more than 400 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.
The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is the national membership organization for state children’s trust and prevention funds. Its primary goals are to support its members, to serve as a national training center and to promote policies, practices, attitudes and services that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Circle of Parents, a national network of parents and statewide and regional organizations, works to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote parent leadership through mutual self-help parent support groups and children’s programs.
Darkness to Light is a primary prevention program whose mission is to engage adults in the prevention of child sexual abuse; to reduce the incidence of child sexual abuse nationally through education and public awareness aimed at adults; and to provide adults with information to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
The Foundation’s child abuse prevention program supports a small number of national organizations and research initiatives that promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect.
FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is a program authorized by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act that provides Federal funds to a lead agency in each State designated by the Governor to provide leadership for and support to child abuse prevention programs and activities in the State. FRIENDS assists CBCAP State Lead Agencies meet the requirements of their funding through the development of written resources and the provision of training and technical assistance.
The Full Frame Initiative (FFI) is a national nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. FFI has discovered the common DNA among the organizations that effectively serve people with multiple challenges&emdash;lasting change occurs when people are supported in the full frame of their lives. Many more organizations would choose to operate with a Full Frame Approach, but they are stymied by rules, regulations and other barriers present throughout the social service system. In partnership with practical visionaries in government, nonprofits, philanthropy and communities, FFI removes systemic barriers to full frame practice, allowing more people and communities to thrive.
Infant Massage USA® provides comprehensive, evidence-based four-day training for people in many career fields, i.e: OTs, PTs, Nurses, Home Visitors, and Early Intervention etc. Our Certified Educators of Infant Massage (CEIMs) work with parents to provide instruction on how to massage their babies. Through the instruction, massage helps to improve the physical and emotional well-being of babies, enhance parent-infant bonding, and facilitates long-term, positive emotional development in families.
NAEYC exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other advanced practice nurses who care for children. Established in 1973, we are the only national organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children and adolescents, and to advancing the PNP’s role in providing that care. NAPNAP has a Child Maltreatment & Neglect Special Interest Group (CMN SIG) which is for members whose practice focuses on subspecialty practice in the field of child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and child neglect evaluation. The aim of this SIG is better communication and cooperation among involved practitioners. NAPNAP also recently published NAPNAP’s Practical Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Screening, Early Intervention, and Health Promotion, 2nd Edition. In it, is a section on Child Maltreatment which has information on Child Abuse and Neglect for School-Age Children. The CMN SIG is currently completing a collaborative research project to educate health care providers about corporal punishment and discipline. Below are web links to specific resources:
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.
The NCSBS prevents shaken baby syndrome through the development and implementation of education, programs, public policy, and research; to establish networks, support and train families, caregivers, and professionals.
NCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children’s Advocacy Centers.
The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation (NSVRC) is a coalition that coordinates and collaborates among a wide variety of organizations and individuals committed to prevention. NSVRC’s mission is to create a unified effort to promote the healthy development of children and youth and end their sexual abuse and exploitation.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 933 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.
The NEC Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities through its national project, the prevention of child abuse. The NEC Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that utilize the parent aide program and provide support to families at risk for abuse.
National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) provides training, tools, and resources to assist policy makers and practitioners to build on a family’s strengths and to preserve family bonds so children can be protected and nurtured at home.
Founded in 2011, the National Family Support Network (NFSN) is a membership-based organization comprised of statewide networks of two or more Family Support and Strengthening programs, such as Family Resource Centers, working together within a collective impact framework to ensure coordinated quality support for families. The mission of the NFSN is to promote positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of state Networks and championing quality Family Support and Strengthening practices and policies.
To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with an involved, responsible, and committed father.
The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) embraces a national, multi-disciplinary, and multicultural commitment to the prevention of all forms of interpersonal violence. NPEIV believes it is a basic human right to be safe at home, safe at school, safe in the community, and safe when interacting with the institutions of our society. It is NPEIV’s mission to work towards eliminating all forms of interpersonal violence, for all people, in all communities, at all stages of life.
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families promotes the value of healthy marriage and relationship education (MRE) skills and encourages their integration into safety-net service systems as a holistic approach to strengthening families.
NICWA is a membership organization of tribes, individuals, and private organizations that work to promote Indian child welfare and address child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development.
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) serves as a central source for professionals and the public to learn more about the importance of responsible fatherhood and fatherhood issues.
SafeCare is an evidence-based, behavioral parent-training model. SafeCare aims to prevent child neglect and abuse among parents of children 0-5 by targeting three skills that are proximal antecedents to maltreatment: positive parenting, home safety and supervision, and child health care. SafeCare is delivered in-home and includes approximately 18 sessions, with 3 modules that address the target skills (Parent-Child Interaction, Home Safety, and Child Health). The program uses behavioral strategies and teaching methods (e.g., observational learning, reinforcement, behavioral assessments, skill practice to mastery criteria) to ensure parent skill development. The National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) at Georgia State University provides training and support for systems and agencies around the world to adopt SafeCare and deliver it to families. NSTRC was established in 2007 with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation at Georgia State University. There are currently over 100 accredited SafeCare agencies in the United States and international settings.
The Nurse-Family Partnership National Office supports communities in implementing a cost-effective, evidence-based nurse home visitation program to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and self-sufficiency for eligible, first-time parents—benefiting multiple generations.
Parents Anonymous is a community of parents, organizations, and volunteers committed to strengthening families and building strong communities, achieving meaningful parent leadership and shared leadership, and leading the field of child abuse and neglect.
Parents as Teachers help organizations and professionals work with parents during the critical early years of their children’s lives, from conception to kindergarten and the results are powerful. Parents as Teachers develop curricula that support a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children. We offer providers practical, hands-on applications for parents in real-world situations.
Prevent Child Abuse America is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through its network of 50 state chapters and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visiting sites, Prevent Child Abuse America promotes services and advocates for policies that improve child well-being and develops programs that help prevent all types of abuse and neglect before they can ever occur.
Saint Francis Ministries is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to the protection, nurturing, and healing of children and families in body, mind, and spirit. Services offered encompass family preservation, foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, residential care, international ministries, and community outreach services.
Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.
UNICEF (UN Children’s Agency) Social Norms and Protection of Children from Violence, Child Protection, Programme Division. UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young. UNICEF promotes the strengthening of all components of child protection systems: human resources, finances, laws, standards, governance, monitoring and services.
The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children works to bring together individuals, groups, and organizations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment against children, especially in schools and homes. The U.S. Alliance envisions a country where children are loved, valued, respected — and never hit. Please visit the website for more information on the U.S. Alliance and alternatives to physical punishment of children.
ZERO TO THREE disseminates key developmental information, provides professional development for cross-sector/mulit-disciplinary professionals, promotes model approaches and standards of practice, and works to increase public awareness about the importance of the first three years of life.