Child Abuse Prevention
Exchange Club's National Project
In 2007, 3.2 million referrals, involving more than 5.8 million children, were made to Child Protective Service (CPS) agencies. More than 55% of these reports were made by professionals such physicians, teachers, and social service workers. Of those reports, an estimated 794,000 children in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were determined substantiated victims of abuse or neglect in 2007.
Sadly, an estimated 1,760 children died in 2007 from abuse or neglect. When we compare to the 1,560 children who died from abuse and neglect in 2006, it only shows that the trend is rising.
Yes! We can make a difference.
There are many types of prevention programs across the country. Research has shown that effective programs share similar elements, such as working with families early and on a long-term, intensive basis. Effective programs offer assistance with family problems, refer families to outside supports when needed, and have a structured framework for staff in working with families. These elements are found in the National Exchange Club Foundation’s Parent Aide home visitation program model. The Parent Aide Program is the signature program of NECF and is offered at all of the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers across the country. You can make a difference as you support NECF’s Child Abuse Prevention Centers and the Parent Aide Program.
Learn about Child Abuse Prevention Centers.
The numbers cited here are from the 2007 Child Maltreatment Report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.