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Child Abuse and Neglect: Additional Resources

CDC Resources

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Infographic
    Visual representation of data from the 1995-1997 CDC and Kaiser Permanente study on Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Child Development
    CDC’s Web page on child development includes information on developmental milestones, screening, and positive parenting
  • Essentials for Childhood
    Framework proposes strategies that communities can consider to promote the types of relationships and environments that help children grow to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children
  • Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
    CDC’s Web resource on strategies parents can use to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with their child. Includes information on common parenting challenges and solutions
  • EvaluACTION
    Tool designed for people interested in learning about program evaluation and how to apply it to their work
  • Heads Up: Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
    CDC’s Web page includes information on how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a Guide for State Health Departments, and a Guide for Journalists, as well as links to additional information, expert commentary, and video resources
  • Parent’s Portal
    A wealth of information from across all of CDC, covering everything from safety at home and the community to immunization schedules and developmental milestones
  • Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma – Recommended Definitions for Public Health Surveillance and Research
    Presents uniform case definitions and data elements for use in surveillance of child abuse and neglect and abusive head trauma
  • Principles of Prevention
    Online training on how to apply key concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the social-ecological model for violence prevention work
  • Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures
    Assists youth-serving organizations as they begin to adopt prevention strategies for child sexual abuse. The guide identifies six key components of child sexual abuse prevention for organizations and includes prevention goals and critical strategies for each component. Suggestions for addressing challenges and tools to help organizations get started are also provided
  • Public Health Leadership for Child Maltreatment Toolkit
    Provides resources, videos, and expert commentaries to help state health departments promote and enhance child abuse and neglect prevention efforts
  • Understanding Evidence
    Interactive Web resource developed by CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention to support public health practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions around violence prevention

Other Federal Resources

  • Administration for Children and Families
    The Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
  • Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau
    The Children’s Bureau is designed for professionals concerned with child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    The Child Welfare Information Gateway (a merger of the former National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and National Adoption Information Clearinghouse) provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
  • Department of Justice Defending Childhood Initiative
    The Defending Childhood Initiative works to address a national crisis: the exposure of America’s children to violence as victims and as witnesses.
  • FRIENDS National Resource Center
    FRIENDS National Resource Center is a federally mandated Training and Technical Assistance Provider for agencies working to prevent child abuse.
  • Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood
    The Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood is a five-year project to generate and disseminate new knowledge and robust evidence about programs and strategies that contribute to child abuse and neglect prevention.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Project LAUNCH
    Project LAUNCH, a grant program of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, seeks to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. It focuses on improving the systems that serve young children with the goal of helping all children reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones.

Additional Online Resources

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP has approximately 60,000 members in the United States, Canada and Latin America. AAP develops guidelines on a variety of pediatric health issues and distributes a wide range of patient education materials.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
    The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a nonprofit national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect.
  • American Psychological Association
    Effective Strategies to Support Positive Parenting in Community Health Centers, a report published by the American Psychological Association, identifies and recommends public health strategies and interventions based on the best available science to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote positive parenting practices within the context of behavioral health integration at community health centers.
  • California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
    The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) identifies and disseminates information about evidence-based practices relevant to child welfare. The CEBC provides guidance to statewide agencies, counties, public and private organizations, and to individuals. This guidance is provided in a simple, straightforward format, reducing the user’s need to conduct literature searches, review extensive literature, or to understand and critique research methodology.
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy
    The Center for the Study of Social Policy was established in 1979 to provide public policy analysis and technical assistance to states and localities. The Center’s work focuses on family, children, and neighborhood-based services; family and income supports; education reform; disability and health care policy; and long-term care for the elderly.
  • Children’s Safety Network – National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
    The Children’s Safety Network provides resources and technical assistance to maternal and child health agencies and organizations seeking to reduce unintentional injuries and violence toward children and adolescents. This is one of four Children’s Safety Network Resource Centers funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Childhelp® USA
    Childhelp® is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention, and treatment. The Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April.
  • Child Welfare League of America
    The Child Welfare League of America is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.
  • Circle of Parents
    Circle of Parents provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children.
  • FrameWorks Institute
    For several years, the FrameWorks Institute has conducted communications research on how people think about children’s issues in general, and child development and parenting in particular.
  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
    The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect’s (ISPCAN) mission is to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, street children, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse and child labor. ISPCAN is committed to increasing public awareness of all forms of violence against children, developing activities to prevent such violence, and promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world.
  • National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
    The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds is a membership organization that provides training, technical assistance and peer consulting opportunities to state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds to strengthen efforts to prevent child abuse.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. Hotline (800-THE-LOST).
  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
    The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome has a mission to educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent shaking and abuse of infants in the United States. Their website has been designed to help professionals and parents looking for information, ideas, and answers to questions about shaken baby syndrome, a tragic form of child abuse.
  • National Center for Child Death Review
    The National Center for Child Death Review is a resource center for state and local child death review programs, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. It promotes, supports, and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community and national levels.
  • The National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Child Abuse Library Online
    The Child Abuse Library Online of the National Children’s Advocacy Center is one of the largest professional collections of published knowledge, educational materials and resources related to child abuse and neglect in the United States. It provides training and online services and annotated bibliographies to organizations and individuals, and offers resource packages to decision makers and researchers.
  • National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
    The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation consists of more than 30 key organizations and issue experts whose mission is directly or indirectly related to prevention of child sexual exploitation.
  • National Exchange Club Foundation
    The National Exchange Club (NEC) Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families, and our communities through its national project to prevent child abuse. The NEC Foundation’s most successful method of countering abuse is by working directly with parents through the parent aide program. The Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that use the parent aide program and provide support to families at risk for abuse.
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association
    The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) addresses the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement activities that are culturally-competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families.
  • National Maternal and Child Health Center for Child Death Review: Keeping Kids Alive
    This organization promotes, supports, and enhances child death review methodology and activities at the state, community, and national levels. It builds public and private partnerships to incorporate Child Death Review (CDR) findings into efforts that improve child health. Building on the extensive knowledge of current CDR programs, the Center actively involves states in its service development.
  • National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
    The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is a multi-disciplinary collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, early childhood development, pediatrics, and economics.
  • Parents Anonymous® Inc.
    Parents Anonymous® Inc. is a community of parents, organizations and volunteers committed to strengthening families and building strong communities; achieving meaningful parent leadership and shared leadership; and leading the field of child abuse and neglect.
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
    Prevent Child Abuse America works to prevent abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Through its chapters in 43 states and its voluntary home visitation services provided by Healthy Families America® in more than 400 communities nationwide, Prevent Child Abuse America helps provide healthy, safe and nurturing experiences for more than 100,000 families every year.
  • Shaken Baby Alliance
    The Shaken Baby Alliance collaborates with community agencies and professionals to provide support for victim families (including adoptive and foster parents) of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), to advocate justice for SBS victims, and to increase awareness of the problem.
    Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families, and communities to take actions that protect children, especially before they are harmed. The website provides in-depth information about how to recognize behaviors that make children vulnerable and actions adults can take to prevent sexual abuse. The website also includes an Online Help Center with specialized information, guidance, and support. Stop It Now!’s confidential, national toll-free HELPLINE (1.888.PREVENT) offers support, resources, and referrals to adults with questions or concerns about sexualized behavior toward children.
  • Text4baby
    Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote healthy birth outcomes and to reduce infant mortality among underserved populations. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby helps women in having safe and healthy pregnancies by empowering them with information they need to give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
  • Zero to Three
    The mission of Zero to Three is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. The organization accomplishes this by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.
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