James S. Cameron
James S. (Jim) Cameron was the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York (formerly Federation on Child Abuse and Neglect) from its founding in 1981 until the end of 1999. He has worked professionally in the field of child abuse and neglect for over 40 years at all levels of practice - as a clinician, supervisor, administrator, consultant, planner, teacher, and advisor. He has been a vocal advocate for children throughout his professional years and has gained a reputation for strong leadership and expertise on the issue of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention in New York State and the United States. He has been instrumental in proposing and advocating policies and legislation to strengthen New York State's responses and leadership in child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, including strong advocacy for the development and enactment of the Children and Family Trust Fund.
As Director of the New York State Child Protective Services, he participated with the State Legislature in developing New York State's comprehensive child protective legislation and set up the implementation of the law, including development of the State's Child Abuse and Maltreatment Central Register and reporting hotline.
Mr. Cameron currently co-chairs the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Council, and he has served for more than twelve years on the Advisory Board of the New York State William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund. He also is a member of the board and treasurer of NYS CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association and a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Advisory Council.
Mr. Cameron has served on numerous national committees and advisory groups. He has been an advisor to the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, the National Resource Center on Child Abuse, and he was a member of the National Advisory Board of the American Humane Association Children's Division. He served for eleven years as a member of the board of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (Prevent Child Abuse America). In addition, he was a founding member of the New York State Citizens Task Force on Child Abuse, was appointed by Mayor Edward Koch to the New York City Mayor's Task Force on Child Abuse, and by Mayor David Dinkins as an advisor to the Mayor's Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Finally, Mr. Cameron has been advisor to a number of national and state organizations on the development of curriculum materials, manuals and research, and demonstration projects all dealing with child welfare issues. He has been a speaker at many national and state conferences, has written numerous articles for publication, and has lectured widely throughout New York State.