A message from Dr. Melissa Merrick on child separations at the US border

Recent reports have made clear that children continue to be separated from their parents and caregivers at the southern US border, despite an official end to the Administration’s zero-tolerance policy. By our government’s own definition, these actions constitute undeniable child abuse. Prevent Child Abuse America’s mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of every child. As such, we implore the President and legislators to work together to change this practice now.


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PRESS RELEASE: Healthy Families America Receives Highest Rating from Federal Evaluator

Chicago—Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced today that its signature evidence-based home visiting program, Healthy Families America (HFA), has received the highest rating—“well-supported”—from the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse.


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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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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.

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

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