Race in America

We know Americans want every child to grow up safe and secure, and we all play a role in making this possible. Together, we must support a holistic approach, proactively creating the conditions for thriving children and families. To be truly successful, we must also actively address and dismantle the root causes of family stress and trauma, including systemic, structural racism and discrimination.

We cannot tackle these issues single-handedly—no one can—but neither can we sit idly by and allow our children, families, and communities to suffer. At moments like this, it is more important than ever for us to stand together to advocate for racial justice and equity. To do so, we rely on strong partnerships—with our nationwide network of state chapters and Healthy Families America affiliates, with external collaborators at the local, state, and federal levels, and with leaders in the business and civic communities. We all have a role to play in creating a better future for every child, regardless of the color of their skin.

At Prevent Child Abuse America, we are deeply committed to reforming the systems that have jeopardized the safety of our children as a byproduct of the persistent racial inequities they produce and exacerbate. We call upon everyone take action—in whatever ways you can—and continue to educate and spread awareness in your communities, and to work together to protect children from the effects of systemic racism.

Together, we CAN prevent child abuse, America…because childhood lasts a lifetime.




Dr. Melissa Merrick
President & CEO

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