National Organizations That Protect Children and Promote Healthy Families

Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community

There are numerous organizations throughout the United States that work to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families. Interested individuals looking for resources and contact information about organizations that support child and family protective services will benefit from this list of twenty-eight organizations that includes a brief description of the services each organization provides as well as the organization’s phone number, and web site address. Many of the organizations listed also have member agencies that can connect with local, state or community affiliates.

The following information is provided courtesy of the Children’s Bureau, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.

See also: Strengthening Families and Communities [PDF 2.6MB]

View of city skyscarpers on a sunny dayMany organizations across the country work to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families. The following is an alphabetical list of those that supported the creation of this packet by offering their resources and input. They are varied in the services they offer and the professionals they support, but all are committed to protecting children and promoting healthy families. Many of these organizations have member agencies and can link you to local affiliates in your State or community. All offer additional information on preventing child abuse and neglect and supporting families.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The Section on Child Abuse and Neglect provides an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments relating to child abuse and neglect and its prevention.

American Humane Association (AHA)
AHA's mission is preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals. AHA information assists professionals and citizens in making informed decisions about how to help children and families in crisis. The association also develops resources and programs that help child welfare systems deliver quality services, and communities and citizens prevent child abuse.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC seeks to improve the quality of practice provided by professionals who work in child abuse and neglect by providing professional education and promoting research and practice guidelines in child maltreatment.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The Foundation's mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Center for the Study of Social Policy
The mission of the Center for the Study of Social Policy is to develop public policies and practices that strengthen families and communities to produce equal opportunities and a better future for all children.

Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
Chapin Hall is a policy research center dedicated to bringing rigorous research and innovative ideas to policymakers, service providers, and funders working to improve the well-being of children. Its work provides a source of knowledge about the needs of children and the service systems designed to meet those needs.

In addition to a 24-hour National Child Abuse Hotline (1.800.4.A.CHILD), Childhelp directly serves abused children through residential treatment facilities, child advocacy centers, group homes, foster care, preschool programs, child abuse prevention programs, and community outreach.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals, as well as concerned citizens, to timely, essential information.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
CWLA is an association of more than 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.

Circle of Parents®
Circle of Parents, a national network of parents and statewide and regional organizations, works to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote parent leadership through mutual self-help parent support groups and children's programs.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Foundation's child abuse prevention program supports a small number of national organizations and research initiatives that advance efforts to prevent the maltreatment of young children by providing services, supports, and information to families.

FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
FRIENDS (Family Resource, Information, Education and Network Development Services) is a service of the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect. FRIENDS provides technical assistance to Federal grantee agencies implementing the Community-Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, authorized by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act under the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003. The purpose of FRIENDS' work is to build the capacity of States and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen and support families.
919-490-5577 x222

National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
The mission of the Alliance is to build and maintain a system of services, laws, practices, and attitudes that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect, achieved by assisting Children's Trust and Prevention Funds at State and national levels.
517-432-5096 or 206-526-1221

National Association of Children's Hospitals & Related Institutions (NACHRI)
NACHRI promotes the health and well-being of all children and their families through support of children's hospitals and health systems that are committed to excellence in providing health care to children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS)
NCSBS prevents Shaken Baby Syndrome through the development and implementation of education, programs, public policy, and research to establish networks for, support, and train families, caregivers, and professionals.
888-273-0071 or 801-627-3399

National Children's Alliance (NCA)
NCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children's Advocacy Centers.
800-239-9950 or 202-548-0090

National Exchange Club (NEC) Child Abuse Prevention Services
The NEC Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities through its national project, the prevention of child abuse. The NEC Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers that utilize the parent aide program and provide support to families at risk for abuse.
800-924-2643 or 419-535-3232

National Family Preservation Network (NFPN)
NFPN provides training, tools, and resources to assist policymakers and practitioners to build on a family's strengths and to preserve family bonds so children can be protected and nurtured at home.

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)
NFI's mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives.

National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC)
NHMRC's mission is to help individuals and couples who choose marriage for themselves gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and sustain a healthy marriage.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
NICWA is a membership organization of tribes, individuals, and private organizations that work to promote Indian child welfare and address child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development.

National Respite Coalition
The mission of the National Respite Coalition is to secure quality, accessible, planned, and crisis respite services for all families and caregivers in need of such services in order to strengthen and stabilize families and enhance child and adult safety.

Nurse-Family Partnership
The Nurse-Family Partnership National Office supports communities in implementing a cost-effective, evidence-based nurse home visitation program to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and self sufficiency for eligible, first-time parents — benefiting multiple generations.

Parents Anonymous® Inc.
Parents Anonymous is a community of parents, organizations, and volunteers committed to strengthening families and building strong communities, achieving meaningful parent leadership and shared leadership, and leading the field of child abuse and neglect prevention.

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America)
PCA America provides leadership to promote and implement national and local prevention efforts.

Search Institute
Search Institute conducts research to identify what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults and provides resources to apply this knowledge and to motivate and equip others in ensuring young people are valued and thrive.

ZERO TO THREE disseminates key developmental information, trains providers, promotes model approaches and standards of practice, and works to increase public awareness about the significance of the first three years of life.

More information on national organizations that protect children and promote healthy families is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at:

National Organizations That Protect Children and Promote Healthy Families: Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community. HHS/Children’s Bureau/OCAN. 2007. English.

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Last Updated: November 13, 2014