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.
NCAPM activities are implemented in partnership with our National Child Abuse Prevention Partner Organizations and the Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect.
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 maltreatment. It also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including 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.
2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide
"A protective factors approach to the prevention of child maltreatment focuses on positive ways to engage families by emphasizing their strengths and what parents and caregivers are doing well. "View the Resource Guide