During the month of April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) and the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. Throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Prevention month activities are implemented in partnership with our National Child Abuse Prevention Partner Organizations, the Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect and families with lived expertise
NCAPM and other Federal child abuse-related activities are authorized by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). CAPTA provides funding to States to support prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including American Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, for demonstration programs and projects. About CAPTA: A Legislative History provides more information about this important legislation.
Find national data about the incidence of child abuse and neglect and the services States and local communities provide to prevent and address it.
Learn more about the role of protective factors and adverse childhood experiences in prevention efforts.
Find more information about the next biennial national conference devoted to child maltreatment.
Looking to help spread the word about National Child Abuse Prevention Month?
Check out our suite of new prevention month graphics, sample messages, and Protective Factors Conversation Guide gifs in our Spread the Word Section!
The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative each April on the Child Welfare Information Gateway.