Where Can I Find More Information About Child Advocacy Groups?

There are many organizations with websites that focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect as well as the reporting of cases in which abuse and neglect have occurred. The following lists some of the major organizations, their mission, and website address.

Bivona Child Advocacy Center

Bivona Child Advocacy Center delivers excellence in child abuse response, healing, and prevention through collaborative service, awareness, education, and leadership.

Office of Child Abuse and Neglect 

US Department of Health & Human Services
Description: The Federal ‘one-stop’ information resource for child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption, including print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and toolkits for improving child welfare practice as well as resources for families.

New York State Sex Offender Registry


The Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) was signed into law in 1995. This law requires sex offenders to register with the State and provides information to the public about certain sex offenders living in their communities. This website provides a 900 number to access the sex offender registry in NYS and will link to similar registries in other states.

Bright Futures Center for Pediatric Education in Growth and Development, Behavior and Adolescent Health


This site features more than 25 self-contained educational modules covering important topics including child abuse and neglect. This site has very good case studies in abuse and neglect of children and adolescents.

Bright Futures Distribution Center


Bright Futures in Practice, Volume I. Mental Health Practice Guide and Volume II. Mental Health Tool Kit was produced by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of HRSA, DHHS in 2002.

Description: Contains guidelines and tools that primary health care providers can use for prevention of mental health problems in children and adolescents–including child abuse and neglect.

Prevent Child Abuse America


Description: A national organization that has launched a new campaign: A Child is Helpless – You Are Not. This campaign educates the public about what people can do to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts.

Prevent Child Abuse New York


This website provides materials focused on the prevention of child abuse, which includes a Guide for Mandated Reporters in New York State.



Description: ChildAbuse.com is a one-stop Internet resource for information on child abuse and related issues. This site was created to support, inform, and encourage those dealing with any aspect of child abuse in a positive and non-threatening environment. The website posts information about child abuse, legislation, and events and training. The site offers links and an electronic newsletter.

Healthy Families America — HFA


HFA is a national program of Prevent Child Abuse America which has three goals: to promote positive parenting, to encourage child health and development, and to prevent child abuse and neglect.

University-Based Sites:

MINCAVA: Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse School of Social Work, University of Minnesota


Description: MINCAVA’s mission is to support research, education, and access to information related to violence. The website provides articles, fact sheets, and very extensive links to other child abuse and missing children websites.

Child Abuse Prevention Network Cornell University


Description: This Network is part of Cornell University’s extensive web resources. Cornell is home to a number of programs concerning children, including the Cornell University Family Life Development Center and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. This is a site for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) Georgetown University


Description: The NCEMCH is located at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The Center provides advocacy for children and information about child abuse and neglect, including its Bright Futures Center.