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:


Watch the video

Read Our Latest Report: Economic Burden of Known Cases of Child Maltreatment from 2018 in Each State

Published in the Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, this study provides social work and other advocates with state-level estimates of the economic burden of child maltreatment and facilitates the interpretation of the findings to be used in advocacy efforts.


Read the report

Help Grow Our Virtual Pinwheel Garden

In 2008, we introduced the pinwheel as a national symbol of great childhoods, and our Pinwheels for Prevention® initiative has grown and flourished ever since. In these uncertain times, raising awareness for child abuse and neglect prevention is especially important, even if we can’t physically plant our signature pinwheel gardens together. That’s why we’ve made this year’s garden 100% virtual—and nationwide.


Plant a pinwheel

Make Your Voice Heard

Thanks to everyone who participated in our nationwide Digital Advocacy Day, on April 28…because of you, nearly 1,200 messages were sent to 271 members of Congress. Stay tuned to our Policy Action Center for more opportunities to get involved and support children and families nationwide.


Learn More

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 48-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.

View more

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

View more