16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
A longstanding advocate for children, Marion Dwyer White is a founder and Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP), a nonprofit agency established in 1986 to provide protection for children. Under her direction, the fledgling program expanded on the use of life-size puppets as an educational tool. The overwhelming response of children proved these instincts to be right, and the Child Abuse Prevention Program was on its way.
For over 25 years, Ms. White has built a broad range of knowledge relating to children faced with enormous life challenges: developmental delays, physical disabilities, and physical or sexual abuse. A highly effective communicator, she has held positions as an assistant professor for graduate level courses in health sciences at Long Island University and as a public education specialist responsible for implementing programs to increase awareness and acceptance of persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities for the State of New York.
Ms. White, a recognized expert in the area of child abuse, has lectured throughout the United States to law enforcement groups, legislative bodies, and to other organizations working to prevent child abuse. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, Daily News, and New York Post, and CAPP has been featured in local and national radio and television broadcasts, including a WABC-TV special Protect Our Children: Speak Up! with correspondent Diana Williams.
Ms. White works tirelessly on behalf of New York's children and in CAPP's 20th anniversary year introduced a new initiative intended to increase awareness of abuse prevention efforts and expand CAPP's invaluable work to more children. Through the Adopt-A-Boro initiative, CAPP will hire and train a third team of prevention specialists to bring the program to children, thereby reaching an unprecedented 30,000 plus New York City elementary school children in one year.
Former New York State Governor Pataki appointed Ms. White to the New York Citizen's Review Panel for Child Protective Services. She has received special recognition from both the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department and the American Probation and Parole Association. Under Ms. White's leadership, CAPP has developed vital partnerships to protect children with the New York City Department of Education, District Attorney offices, and Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Centers.