Our Mission & Vision
Our Mission Statement
To prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children.
Understanding the Mission of Prevent Child Abuse America
Our mission is to "prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children" and includes all forms of abuse and neglect, whether physical, sexual, educational, or emotional or peer-peer abuse.
When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community and economic development. Unfortunately, children are sometimes exposed to extreme and sustained stress like child abuse and neglect, which can undermine a child’s development. This toxic stress damages the developing brain and adversely affects an individual’s learning and behavior, as well as increases susceptibility to physical and mental illness and involvement in delinquent and/or criminal activities, and makes academic achievement more difficult.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study,conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic, found that individuals who experienced child maltreatment were more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as smoking, substance abuse and sexual promiscuity, and to suffer from adverse health effects such as obesity and certain chronic diseases. Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $104 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system.
To achieve our mission, we will:
- Provide national leadership in public policy development for children and families;
- Serve as a clearinghouse for effective innovative prevention strategies including education and training;
- Foster the translation of research into practice to inform more effective public policy on children and families;
- Deliver evidence based strategies that promote optimal models that enable communities to assess their ability and capacity to provide for children and families;
- Advise neighborhoods and communities on a continuum of programs that provide the array of services necessary for healthy and age appropriate child development and family support; and,
- Communicate that a) the child development is community development is economic development b) the clear message that abuse and neglect is preventable and highlight innovative and effective prevention strategies, c) engage parents, families, individuals, communities, public officials, educators and the business community, and d) identify a variety of actions that promote the mission and empowers individuals and groups to become engaged in individual and systemic changes.
We recognize that every day we each have the opportunity to help create the kind of nation we want to live in. We also recognize that when all children don’t have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development, we put our future as a society at risk. We know that there are many effective child development efforts being implemented around the country, like services that focus on shaken baby syndrome prevention, on the role parents and caring adults have in a promoting a child’s personal, on sexual safety, and home visitation such as our signature program, Healthy Families America. We also know that we can do better, because a focus on innovative and needed services lays the foundation for children’s growth and development that reduces the later possibility of more serious problems from occurring.