A Message from Dr. Melissa Merrick, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America

Today, my first day at Prevent Child Abuse America, marks the beginning of a new chapter in my professional life—one that’s accompanied by great excitement, as well as deliberate reflection and anticipation.


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Register today for the PCA America 2019 national conference.

Join us for Moving Upstream, the 2019 Prevent Child Abuse America national conference, Sept. 16–18, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference will examine innovative programs and practices, family-focused policies, cutting-edge research, and public awareness and engagement strategies to help drive the field toward upstream prevention so that every child has the opportunity to grow up safe and nurtured. Join colleagues at the largest conference in the country focused exclusively on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Learn from leading experts in the field, receive hands-on training, and network with colleagues and peers. You won’t want to miss it!


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Shop with AmazonSmile this summer to support Prevent Child Abuse America.

Whether you’re gearing up for family road trips, wilderness adventures, or even weekend picnics and barbecues with friends, your online purchases through AmazonSmile can help provide the great childhoods that all children deserve.


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Who we are

At Prevent Child Abuse America® , we are proud that 94 cents of every dollar we spend goes directly towards programs that help 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 can occur in order to help children to grow up and contribute in their communities. Our 50 state Chapter Network works every day to promote the kind of strategies and activities that make a difference locally as well as nationally and we help 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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