Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Please visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway for information about child abuse prevention.
The primary goal of Child and Family Services is to protect children from abuse, neglect, or dependency, as well as to serve their family members who may experience violence in the home.
In partnership with the community, Child and Family Services supports preventive services and education to families to assist them in protecting their children. The child abuse and neglect prevention programs include programs funded by the Children's Account (also known as the Children's Trust Fund), Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF), as well as state Crisis Nursery Funding. These fund parenting classes, evidence-based home visitation programs, statewide community and school-based education presentations, support to Grandparents raising grandchildren, and 14 different Crisis Nurseries in local Family Support Centers across the state, which provide up to 72 hours of free care to children under the age of 12 as well as planned respite. Child and Family Services also participates on the state Child Abuse Advisory Council.
Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. This approach helps child welfare systems, early education, and other programs work with parents to build the following:
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete support in times of need
- Knowledge of parenting and child development
- Social and emotional competence of children
Presentations on child abuse and prevention can be arranged by contacting the Child and Family Services office in your area. For a listing of our offices, go to our Locations page.