Prevent Child Abuse America Awarded $1M CDC Grant to Examine Public Policy Impact on Reducing Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Prevent Child Abuse America announced today the award of a three-year $1.05 million CDC grant to examine the preventive effects of key public policy strategies, such as paid family leave and child care provisions, on rates of child abuse and neglect and intimate partner violence (IPV).


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A Back-to-school Message from Dr. Melissa Merrick

“Whatever your child’s learning program—in-person, remote, or a hybrid of the two—there is no perfect answer, just the best solution you can provide right now…What’s important is how we as parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, and communities continue to create the safe, stable, and nurturing environments and relationships that enable our children to succeed and thrive.”


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First-of-its-Kind National Partnership Aims to Redesign Child Welfare Into Child- and Family Well-Being Systems

Prevent Child Abuse America is partnering with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, Casey Family Programs, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to launch a national effort to prove it is possible to fundamentally rethink child welfare by creating the conditions for strong, thriving families where children are free from harm.


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A COVID-19 Update from Dr. Melissa Merrick

Please click on the link below for an updated video message from Dr. Merrick, explaining how Prevent Child Abuse America has pivoted and adapted its programs (e.g., virtual home visits and new chapter-developed resources) to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on America’s children and families:


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Who we are

At Prevent Child Abuse America® , we are dedicated to helping children and families thrive. Founded in 1972 in Chicago, Prevent Child Abuse America works to promote the healthy development of children and prevent child abuse before it occurs. Our nationwide state chapter network works every day to promote the kind of strategies and activities that make a difference locally, as well as nationally, assisting nearly 100,000 families a year through our signature Healthy Families America® program.

Our Programs

We accomplish our work through our signature prevention program Healthy Families America and spread awareness of child abuse prevention through our Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.

Pinwheels for Prevention began as a grassroots campaign among our chapters in Georgia, Florida and Ohio.

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We help nearly 100,000 families a year through our Healthy Families America program.

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