Administration for Children & Families (ACF) http://www.childwelfare.gov
This website is a wonderful resource providing online information and facts about child abuse and prevention. For help with reporting child abuse and neglect or to speak with a counselor, contact Childhelp® at 800.422.4453.
For additional information about child abuse click on the following link: http://www.childwelfare.gov/can/
This division of the Department of Health and HumanServices known as the Children’s Bureau is responsible for providing reports on the maltreatment of children, current initiatives and special events related to Children’s Welfare.
American Humane Association www.AmericanHumane.org/children/
American Humane Association is a network of organizations and individuals working hand in hand together to help prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and child exploitation as well as the exploitation and abuse of animals. The society seeks to assure that their interests and well being are completely and humanely guaranteed by a society of consciously aware and caring individuals.
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (ASPAC) www.apsac.org
The APSAC strives to endure that everyone in our society affected by child maltreatment gets the information and help they need with a professional response providing both clinical and scholarly resource materials.
A Family’s Guide to the Welfare System www.cwla.org/childwelfare/familyguide.htm
This informational online resource guide was designed to give families a more thorough understanding of how the child welfare system operates so that they are fully aware of both their rights and responsibilities.
Kempe Center www.KempeCenter.org
This child abuse and neglect resource was put together to provide clinically based resources for consultation and training as well as development of programs and research regarding improving the recognition, treatment and prevention of all forms of neglect and abuse. The center focuses on a multifaceted approach to the improvement in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of all types of child maltreatment and abuse.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children www.missingkids.com
This is a very informative web resource developed by the National Center for Missing Exploited Children sharing success stories, educational resources, as well as current events concerning the prevention of cruelty and abuse to children. There is also a specific resource section devoted to the areas of law enforcement, attorneys, and media plus a special section for parents and guardians.
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) www.nicwa.org
The most comprehensive source of American Indian Child Welfare, the National Indian Child Welfare Association works diligently to bring awareness to the issues of child abuse and neglect through grassroots community development, research, public policy and training. The NICWA additionally endeavors to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act passed in 1978.
Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA) www.nativechildalliance.org
The NACA is an intertribal organization which strives to support and offer inspiration for the development, advancement, and maintenance of volunteers and professionals working in teams to address the issues of child abuse and neglect. They also establish Children’s Advocacy Centers in Native American and Alaska Native communities to assist them in their Child Abuse Prevention efforts.
Prevent Child Abuse America www.PreventChildAbuse.org
This is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect through use of the media, specific training, and technical assistance as needed. The website features several additional links and resources to child abuse facts and special events.
Court Apponted Special Advocates for Children (Casa for Children) http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm
CASA for Children is a great resource for CASA/GAL program volunteers and staff alike. The website contains information on program services and management, training resources, law and policy references, and information on the annual conference.
Center on Child Abuse & Neglect (CCAN) http://www.oumedicine.com/body.cfm?id=4532
The Center on Child Abuse and Neglect is a university based center that directs research, professional and public education, clinical services, and administrative programs that deal with the issues in the area of maltreatment of children. This online resource is specifically for child neglect and abuse professionals and also has an entire section that is dedicated to working with Indigenous Native communities.
Child Trauma Academy www.ChildTrauma.org
The Child Trauma Academy works to improve the lives of maltreated and traumatized children. The organization attempts to carry on a philosophy of identifying best practices in child protection and creating a novel therapeutic approach in caring for traumatized and abused children.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) www.cwla.org
The CWLA is an association of private and public nonprofit agencies assisting in the care of neglected and abused children and families through a wide range of programs and services. The site also includes updates and information on upcoming conferences and training events.
Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) www.icctc.org
Specifically designed and adapted for Native American children and families, The ICCTC was established to create outreach materials and protocols for trauma related treatment.
National Sex Offender Registry www.sexoffender.com
The information on this site provided by Child Awareness Services features accessible links to the searchable databases of registered sex offenders in individual states in the United States and several other countries. This is an invaluable resource for researching sex offenders in your geographical area.
Parent’s Action For Children www.parentsaction.org
This national nonprofit develops parent education materials, connects parents with other parents and battles for prevention of child abuse and neglect by developing parent educational materials which help them with issues such as early education, healthcare, and affordable and better quality child care. The Parent’s Action for Children features a collection of resources on parenting, health and safety, child care, nutrition, discipline, and special needs.
Resource Guide for Parents, Caregivers, & Service Providers working with Alaska Native Children http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/child.htm
A large portion of the Alaska Native population is either currently affected by child sexual abuse or they have been impacted in the past. This resource guide was developed to help parents, service providers and caregivers learn how to help and support sexually abused children.
Law & Advocacy
American Bar Association on Children & the Law www.abanet.org/child/home.html
The goal of the ABA Center on Children and the Law, through advancements in justice, law, knowledge, practice and public policy is to improve the lives of children and prevent child abuse and neglect. The resources here feature great child welfare tips as well as very informative child advocacy links.
National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) www.NationalCAC.org
The National Child Advocacy Center takes a child focused team approach to providing services pertaining to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and maltreatment as well as sexual exploitation.
Best Interests www.ChildAdvocacy.com
Just as the name implies, this online magazine features news and resources specifically tailored for child advocacy volunteers and professionals who work for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Some of the information here includes legal issues, legislation, web resources, and medical topics.
Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/index.htm
Designed to assist the federal Department of Health and Human Services, The Child and Family Services Reviews program works together with the HHS to ensure individual states comply with federal welfare requirements as well as determining what children and families engaged in state welfare programs are experiencing. They also work to assist states in the effort to achieve positive outcomes for these children and families in their programs.
Children Now www.ChildrenNow.org
Utilizing research in addition to mass media to make the welfare of children a top priority across the country, Children Now focuses on improving the quality of news and entertainment media directed at children and concerning children’s issues.
Foster Care & Adoptive Community www.FosterParents.com
A resource of information for foster parents, this online community offers website links, articles, and other information for about local foster parent groups and organizations. They also include links for grandparents and other relatives who are caregivers, adoption links, medical information, as well as resources on ADD/ADHD and other disorders.
Juvenile Justice Committee http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=CR200000
Juvenile Justice Committee is division of the American Bar Association devoted to watching over the legislative, fiscal, and policy changes in juvenile justice systems across the U.S.
National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) www.naccchildlaw.org
The NACC is a professional membership nonprofit organization devoted to protection of children and seeing that they are given quality representation in the legal system. They also maintain a policy of working to improve the legal system as it pertains to children.
National Center for Youth Law www.YouthLaw.org
This vital group provides resources and information as well as training and consultation for lawyers and other professionals who serve poor children and youth with areas of expertise in child neglect and abuse, public benefits for children, children’s health, termination of parental rights, and the rights of children living in institutions.
National Children’s Alliance (NCA) www.nca-online.org
The Child Advocacy Centers of the NCA are programs which are community based bringing together representatives from mental health agencies, juvenile court counselors, law enforcement, and other service providers to assist in investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases.
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges (NCJFC) http://www.ncjfcj.org/
Seeking a society where every child and family who is in need of judicial oversight has equal access to timely, fair, and effective justice in the legal system. The NCJFC website also features resources on child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, family violence, and substance abuse.
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention www.ojjdp.gov
Offering links to current information, facts and figures on juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, violence; the website also holds many publications, grant options, and local resources.
State Statutes Search http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/state/
This Child Welfare Information Gateway allows one to search the databases on a state by state basis to find statutes on child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, and permanency planning.
Tribal Court Clearinghouse www.tribal-institute.org
Developed by volunteers through the Indian owned Tribal Law and Policy Institute, The Tribal Court Clearinghouse was developed to develop training, research, education, and technical assistance programs that will improve justice in Indian Country as well as helping maintain the health, well being and culture of Native Americans. Resources include the full text of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Voices For America’s Children www.voicesforamericaschildren.org
This Child Advocacy organization is the only national level organization devoted to increasing the capacity of local and state child advocacy groups and associations. Voices which was founded in 1984, is a national network of like minded child advocacy groups working in a critical position at statehouses, city councils, and county commissions across the US.
Center For Effective Collaboration & Practice http://cecp.air.org
The mission of this child advocacy group is to advance the development and adjustment of children who are emotionally disturbed or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbances.
Class Matters www.ClassMatters.org
This online resource is a great online source for helping people to understand class values and differences and how class influences how people view the world. A great opportunity to help one see the world though the eyes of others.
Batterer Accountability: Responding to Child Maltreatment & Domestic Violence http://www.wscadv.org/resourcesPublications.cfm?aId=E434491E-C298-58F6-0867ECA86B83C0C3
This well written article addresses the efforts the State of Washington to bring domestic violence advocates such as judges, child welfare professionals, and law enforcement officials together in order to help improve the response to child welfare cases that involve domestic violence.
Deaf Hope www.deaf-hope.org
Deaf Hope, a California based nonprofit organization is working towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse of deaf women and children through a system of empowerment, special services and education. The website also has the number for a national TTY domestic violence hotline for hearing impaired persons to report domestic violence and child abuse/neglect.
Futures Without Violence (FVV) www.endabuse.org
The FVV is a national nonprofit group devoted to domestic violence education, prevention and reform of public policies. Of particular interest is the information on the effects of domestic violence on children, teens, immigrant women, and the workplace.
The Intersection of Domestic Violence & Child Victimization http://familyvio.csw.fsu.edu/rural/intersection/
Created by the Institute for Family Violence at FSU, this online tutorial is a thorough training resource on how deeply domestic violence affects and impacts children. The tutorial also contains a segment devoted to rural communities entirely.
The Greenbook Iniative www.thegreenbook.info
Describing an initiative started by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to further child welfare and domestic violence groups in working more effectively with family courts to assist families who are experiencing domestic violence. Experience and research have shown a powerful link between violence against women and child abuse/neglect in the same home.
Violence Against Women Online Resources http://www.vaw.umn.edu/
This site includes documents addressing specific issues of the Violence Against Women Act; issues that relate specifically to child custody and protection; the proven overlap between child maltreatment and abuse of women plus the treatment and care of child witnesses of domestic violence.
Child Development Institute http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/
Aimed towards parents, this resource offers parents information on child development, child psychology, early learning, health, safety, parenting, and developmental disorders such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and autism.
Violence and Childhood: How Persisting Fear Can Alter The Developing Child’s Brain http://www.terrylarimore.com/painandviolence.html
In this ground breaking article by Bruce Perry, a children’s mental health and neuroscience researcher, he discusses how the exposure to violence actually starts a series of threat-responses in the developing brain of children which in turn can cause functional changes in the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning of these affected children.