- What are the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grants?
The CBCAP program, funded by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides funding to States to develop, operate, expand, and enhance community-based, prevention-focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program was reauthorized, amended, and renamed as part of the CAPTA amendments in 2003. To receive these funds, the Governor of each State must designate a lead agency to receive the funds and implement the program. This program also supports the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention to assist CBCAP lead agencies with the development, implementation, and evaluation of child abuse prevention programs and activities.
- Which Federal and National organizations partner to promote child abuse prevention?
Many organizations and programs are involved in promoting the well-being of children and families and preventing child abuse and neglect. Many provide information and services to support prevention activities. For a complete list of Prevention Initiative Partners, see
- What is Child Abuse Prevention Month?
Agencies, organizations, communities, and individual citizens nationwide observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month each April with activities, programs, and resources to encourage everyone to take an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening families. To learn more, see National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
- Can I use the Prevention Month logo?
A number of resources are available to help you with your own child abuse prevention efforts. Visit our Spread the Word section to download logos, public service announcements, and other sample materials.
- Can you give me some examples of Prevention Month activities for my community?
There are any number of ways to help raise awareness, strengthen families, and protect children in your community. See Public Awareness & Creating Supportive Communities for examples of activities and resources to help you share your message.
Home Study Requirements for Prospective Parents in Domestic Adoption
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Summarizes State laws and policies for approving prospective adoptive homes. The publication describes who must be included in the home study, qualifications for adoptive parents, elements of the home study process, exceptions for stepparent or relative placements, postplacement assessments of the child's adjustment to the adoptive family, requirements for placements across State lines, and more. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Provides information on how communities, community leaders, and individual citizens can strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
2019 Prevention Resource Guide
Child Welfare Information Gateway;Children's Bureau;FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
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This Resource Guide was developed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being. It was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. The resources featured represent the work of a broad-based partnership of national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.
- Evaluation Toolkit and Logic Model Builder
- Provides resources on evaluating the effectiveness of prevention, family support, and parenting programs and a Logic Model Builder that takes the user through the process of developing a logic model step by step.
- Results of Evaluations of Child Abuse Prevention Programs
- Resources evaluating the effectiveness of different approaches or programs seeking to prevent child abuse and neglect or strengthen families.
- Parenting Resources
- Parenting tip sheets and other resources to support parents, including a year-long calendar of activities to strengthen families and support child abuse prevention.
- National Parent Helpline®
- Provides parents and caregivers emotional support and links to services if necessary: 1.855.4.A.PARENT (1.855.427.2736).