Thursday, April 12, 2007

(CAICA) CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH APRIL 2007: National Organizations that Promote Safe Children

National Organizations That Promote Safe Children and Healthy Families

Related Organizations List
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway

These results are current as of: April 13, 2007

The following is an alphabetical list of organizations that participated in the 2007 Prevention Initiative and provided input into the creation of Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community: 2007 Resource Packet.

While they are varied in the services they offer and the professionals they support, they are all committed to protecting children and promoting healthy families. Many of these national organizations have member agencies or affiliates in your State or community. Inclusion is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.

For a broader, more inclusive list of general child abuse and neglect prevention resources, please see the list Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
National Headquarters
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
P.O. Box 927
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098 Phone: (847) 434-4000
(202) 347-8600
Fax: (847) 434-8000
(202) 393-6137

General Scope: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a national, nonprofit membership organization of pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists that produces professional training materials and public education materials on child maltreatment. Its mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

The AAP's Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect is concerned with issues relating to the physical, sexual, and mental abuse and neglect of children, adolescents, and their families. The committee develops appropriate policy recommendations and serves as a liaison with other organizations concerned with the health and well-being of children and their families.

Training Specific: The Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP The Curriculum®) provides pediatric professionals a way to complete their continuing medical education credits and to study for the Pediatric Maintenance of Certification. For additional information, see

Other training resources include but are not limited to:

ALPS (Advanced Pediatric Life Support) curriculum presents the information physicians need to assess and care for critically ill and injured children during the first few hours in the emergency department or office-based setting. For more information, see;

PEPP (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals) is a curriculum designed specifically to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children. More information is available at;
The Parenting Corner offers tips and training for parents on a variety of issues such as safety and injury prevention, mental health, and child development. For more information, see

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Committee on Child Abuse & Neglect -

Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption, and Dependent Care -

American Humane Association (AHA)
63 Inverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112-5117 Phone: (303) 792-9900
Fax: (303) 792-5333

The American Humane Association's (AHA) mission is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals. AHA's Child Welfare Division has worked to improve the public and private child welfare systems so they can respond more effectively to the needs of abused and neglected children.

AHA is a national association of child protection programs, agencies, and individuals, and its membership includes State and local social service agencies, child advocates, courts, hospitals, schools, mental health professionals, and concerned citizens in every State. AHA information assists professionals and citizens in making informed decisions about how to help children and families in crisis. The association also develops resources and programs which help communities and citizens prevent child abuse.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Casey Outcomes & Decision Making Project -

National Center on Family Group Decision Making -

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
PO Box 30669
CHO 3B-3406
Charleston, SC 29417 Phone: 843.764.2905
Fax: 803.753.9823
Toll-Free: 877.402.7722

General Scope:The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) addresses all facets of the professional response to child maltreatment: prevention, assessment, intervention, and treatment.

APSAC is committed to:

Preventing and eliminating the recurrence of child maltreatment;
Promoting research and guidelines to inform professional practice;
Connecting professionals from the many disciplines to promote the best response to child maltreatment; and
Educating the public about child abuse and neglect.

Training Specific: APSAC's Advanced Training Institutes offer in-depth training on selected topics. taught by nationally recognized leaders in the field of child maltreatment. For more information on the Institutes, see

Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)
701 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 Phone: (410) 547-6600
Fax: (410) 547-6624

The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Casey Journalism Center for Children & Families -

Kids Count Data Book and Online Database -

Casey Family Services -

Family to Family: Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care -

Center for the Study of Social Policy
1575 Eye Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005 Phone: 202.371.1565
Fax: 202.371.1472

The mission of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is to develop and promote public policies and practices that support and strengthen families and help communities produce equal opportunities and better futures for children.

Chapin Hall Center for Children
1313 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 Phone: 773.753.5900
Fax: 773.753.5940

Chapin Hall is a research and development center focusing on policies, practices, and programs affecting children and the families and communities in which they live. The Center devotes special attention to children facing significant problems such as abuse or neglect, poverty, and mental or physical illnesses, and to the service systems designed to address these problems.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Children's Bureau/ACYF
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW -- Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024 Phone: (703)385-7565
Fax: (703)385-3206
Toll-Free: (800)394-3366

Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and the general public to information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to programs, research, laws and policies, training resources, statistics, and much more.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
440 First Street NW
Third Floor
Washington, DC 20001-2085 Phone: (202) 638-2952
Fax: (202) 638-4004

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families. CWLA provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to child welfare professionals and agencies while also educating the public on emerging issues that affect abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Through its publications, conferences, and teleconferences, CWLA shares information on emerging trends, specific topics in child welfare practice (family foster care, kinship care, adoption, positive youth development), and Federal and State policies.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

NDAS (National Data Analysis System) -

Behavioral Health Division -

National Resource Center for Information Technology in Child Welfare -

Federal Resource Center for Children of Prisoners -

The Resource Center is conducting research and evaluation, collecting and disseminating information, providing training and technical assistance, and increasing awareness among the many disciplines and service systems that come in contact with families separated by incarceration. The Resource Center's ultimate goal is to improve the quality of information available about children with incarcerated parents and to develop resources that will help create better outcomes for these children and their families.

Childhelp USA
15757 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: (480) 922-8212
Fax: (480) 922-7061
TDD: (800) 2-A-CHILD
Toll-Free: (800) 4-A-CHILD

Childhelp USA is dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children by focusing its efforts and resources in the areas of treatment, prevention, and research. Its programs and services include the operation of the Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, residential treatment facilities for severely abused children, child advocacy centers that reduce the trauma of child abuse victims during the interview and examination process, group homes, foster family selection, training and certification, Head Start programs for at-risk children, child abuse prevention programs, and community outreach.

Circle of Parents
500 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: (312) 334-6837
Fax: (312) 334-6852

The mission of the Circle of Parents is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families through friendly, supportive, mutual self-help parent support groups. Currently the Circle of Parents national network represents a partnership of parent leaders and 26 statewide and regional organizations in 25 States.

The Circle of Parents website provides links to information about the program model, local programs nationwide, children's programs, parenting resources, and more.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
650 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10019 Phone: (212) 974-7000
Fax: (212) 974-7590

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Child Abuse Prevention Program is to protect children from abuse and neglect in order to promote their healthy development.

The program awards grants to organizations to improve parent-child interactions and to increase parents’ access to information and services that help prevent child maltreatment before it occurs.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Early Intervention -
The foundation supports early intervention initiatives that seek to integrate child abuse prevention strategies into national systems that serve large numbers of young children (ages 0 to 6) and their families on a regular basis. The foundation currently awards grants focused on the following service systems: Home Visiting Programs Early Education and Child Care Pediatric Health Care Special Populations

National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds (ACT)
5712 30th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105 Phone: (206) 526-1221
Fax: (206) 526-0220

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (ACT) initiates and engages in national efforts that assist state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds in strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. This includes promoting and supporting a system of services, laws, practices, and attitudes that supports families by enabling them to provide their children with a safe, healthy, and nurturing childhood.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1509 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 232-8777
Fax: (202) 328-1846
Toll-Free: 1-800-424-2460

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

In the Critical Issues section of the website, NAEYC provides resources for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of children's healthy social and emotional development. The Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families resources are available online at Some publications are available in Spanish.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families -
NAEYC is continuing its Doris Duke Charitable Foundation-funded initiative to engage the early childhood community in preventing child abuse and neglect. Twenty-four early childhood educators from across the country will be selected to participate in the Supporting Teachers, Strengthening Families National Leadership Program, an intensive, year-long leadership development opportunity.

National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)
401 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (703) 684-1355
Fax: (703) 684-1589

The National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) promotes the health and well-being of children and their families through support of children's hospitals and health systems. Through the Association, NACHRI members work to ensure children's access to healthcare and the ability of children's hospitals to provide the services children need.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS)
2955 Harrison Boulevard, #102
Ogden, UT 84403 Phone: (801) 627-3399
Fax: (801) 627-3321
Toll-Free: (888) 273-0071

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) offers information on shaken baby syndrome, shaken baby syndrome prevention programs, and training professionals and parents nationwide.

National Children's Alliance (NCA)
1612 K Street NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006 Phone: (202)452-6001
Fax: (202)452-6002
Toll-Free: (800)239-9950

General Scope: The National Children's Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization that provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children's Advocacy Centers. These Centers further the goal of serving abused children through a comprehensive approach to services for victims and their families.

Training Specific: Training resources include:

NCA Net (the National Children's Alliance and the Regional Children's Advocacy Center's have added videoconferencing as another way to provide networking, education, and training to CACs across the country.)
Other Specialized Trainings

For more information about these training resources, see

National Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Services
3050 Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43606 Phone: (419) 535-3232
Fax: (419) 535-1989
Toll-Free: (800) 924-2643

The National Exchange Club Foundation (NECF) focuses on improving the lives of children and families through the prevention of child abuse. The NECF coordinates a nationwide network of community-based Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that offer a professionally supervised parent aide program to at-risk parents, with the goal of replacing traditional patterns of abusive behavior with effective skills for nonviolent parenting.

National Family Preservation Network (NFPN)
3971 North 1400 East
Buhl, ID 83316 Phone: (253) 874-3630
Fax: (208)543-6080
Toll-Free: (888)498-9047

General Scope: The mission of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is to serve as a primary national voice for the preservation of families through Intensive Family Preservation and Reunification Services (IFPS & IFRS).

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.

Training Specific: Training resources include:

Family Preservation Training Package at
Reunification Training Package at
Fatherhood Training Curriculum at
Fatherhood Training Package at
North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (with definitions) at
North Carolina Family Assessment Scale--Reunification (with definitions) at

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)
101 Lake Forest Blvd.
Suite 360
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Phone: 301.948.0599
Fax: 301.948.4325

The National Fatherhood Initiative works to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Fatherhood Curricula and Training Institutes -

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
5100 SW Macadam Avenue
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239 Phone: (503) 222-4044
Fax: (503) 222-4007

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) functions as the only Native American organization focused specifically on issues of child abuse and neglect and tribal capacity to prevent and respond effectively to these problems. NICWA provide workshops and training programs, using one or more of over 25 culturally appropriate NICWA developed resources, including training materials, curricula, and books. NICWA also offers technical assistance and training on child care, family preservation, and substance abuse.

National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) (FRIENDS)
Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project
800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Phone: (919) 490-5577, x 222
Fax: (919) 490-4905

FRIENDS (Family Resource, Information, Education and Network Development Services) provides technical assistance to Federal grantee agencies implementing the Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, under the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003.

FRIENDS works to build the capacity of States and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen and support families.

The National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) (FRIENDS) is a service of the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.

National Respite Coalition (NRC)
4016 Oxford Street
Annandale, VA 22003 Phone: (703) 256-9578

The mission of the National Respite Coalition, an initiative of the ARCH National Respite Network, is to secure quality, accessible, planned, and crisis respite services for all families and caregivers who need them to strengthen and stabilize families and enhance child and adult safety. The Coalition works to achieve these goals by preserving and promoting respite in policy and programs at the national, State, and local levels.

Nurse-Family Partnerships (NFP)
1900 Grant Street
Suite 750
Denver, CO 80203-4307 Phone: (303) 327-4241
Fax: (303) 327-4260

The Nurse-Family Partnership represents an approach to the long-established service strategy of the home visiting model that improves the health and social functioning of low income, first-time mothers, their babies, and families.

The NFP is affiliated with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the National Center for Children, Families and Communities (NCCFC) in the School of Nursing.

Parents Anonymous, Inc.
675 West Foothill Boulevard
Suite 220
Claremont, CA 91711-3475 Phone: (909) 621-6184
Fax: (909) 625-6304

Parents Anonymous helps parents provide nurturing environments for their families. The organization is dedicated to strengthening families through strategies that promote mutual support and parental leadership. For State and local contacts, visit the Parents Anonymous website.

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA)
500 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312.663.3520
Fax: 312.939.8962

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) is committed to promoting legislation, policies, and programs that help prevent child abuse and neglect, support healthy childhood development, and strengthen families. Working with State chapters, PCCA provides leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at the national and local levels.

PCAA's research arm is the National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research ( The Center provides a link between research and practice by developing and evaluating prevention strategies, and by disseminating information about child abuse maltreatment and its prevention across the country.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research -
The National Center on Child Abuse Prevention Research enhances the link between research and practice by developing and evaluating prevention strategies, and by disseminating information about child abuse maltreatment and its prevention cross the country.

Healthy Families America -

Circle of Parents -

Search Institute
The Banks Building
615 First Avenue NW -- Suite 125
Minneapolis, MN 55413 Phone: 612.376.8955
Toll-Free: 800.888.7828

Search Institute conducts research to identify what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults. The Institute also provides resources to apply this knowledge and to motivate and equip others in ensuring young people are valued and that they thrive.

Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
2000 M Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 638-1144
Toll-Free: (800) 899-4301

Zero to Three's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. Zero to Three is dedicated to advancing current knowledge, promoting beneficial policies and practices, communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences, and providing training, technical assistance, and leadership development.

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s):

Brain Wonders -

Early Head Start NRC -

Cornerstone Project -

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Note to Readers: The President proclaims April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. If you feel not enough is being done to prevent child abuse in residential treatment settings this would be a good time to write to the President and voice your concerns. If you would like to contact President Bush with your concerns:

When calling or writing to President Bush and other public figures, please keep in mind:

1) Calling is better than email.
2) Hard copies are better than email.
3) Keep letters and email short and to the point.
4) When emailing, put your major point in the subject line.
5) Be polite.
6) Be positive- thank President Bush for his support rather than criticizing things with which you disagree.
7) Write a new message every day!

The email address is At this time, their e-mail server is down for an undetermined amount of time. Please print out and fax your letter to 202-456-2461

The mailing address is:
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

White House News

All Americans share a responsibility to protect our Nation's children. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we renew our commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect and to work to enable our children to realize their full potential.

Childhood is a formative time, and abuse can have devastating long-term effects on young lives. In order to provide a safe environment for our young people, parents must work to protect their children from the dangers that threaten them. Family members, educators, public officials, and faith-based and community organizations all play important roles in helping to ensure that children are safe and can grow surrounded by love and stability.

My Administration is committed to supporting children and promoting safe and stable families across America. Last year, I signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which will help to prevent and address child abuse and neglect by improving child welfare services and continuing vital mentoring and family programs. Additionally, the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood program and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 help officials at all levels of government protect our children and bring sexual and online predators, Internet pornographers who prey on our children, and other violent criminals to justice with stronger laws and improved coordination among authorities.

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we underscore our commitment to building an America where all children can thrive, develop character, and learn to be responsible citizens in an environment of security and love. By honoring our obligation to support and protect our young people, all Americans have an opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child and build a brighter future for our country. For more information about how each of us can help stop child abuse, please visit

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2007 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I encourage all citizens to help protect our children and work to create strong, healthy communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first. GEORGE W. BUSH