Early Child Abuse & Foster Care Prevention
About Early Child Abuse & Foster Care Prevention
This includes services to families who have no current, valid CPS referral, but whose children may be at risk for maltreatment and subsequent placement in the foster care system. These families may have been the subject of a CPS referral, but whose case was determined to be invalid or assessed at low to moderate risk.
Studies & Survey Results
What Local Agencies are Doing
Child Protective Services (CPS) Prevention Services
About Prevention Services
Child Protective Services at the Virginia Department of Social Services collaborates with existing networks of public and private non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention programs to provide child abuse and neglect
prevention services to families throughout Virginia. Some examples are listed below.
Program Funding & Collaboration
- Blue Ribbon Plan to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect in Virginia 2005-2009:
In 2004 the Virginia Department of Social Services and Prevent Child Abuse
Virginia partnered with public and private sector organizations and citizens
to develop a state plan for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The
plan contains nine comprehensive strategies to increase child safety and family
Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP):
The Virginia Department of Social Services receives federal CBCAP funds from the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN),
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Funds awarded to Virginia through this grant are used to support
the development, operation and expansion of community-based, prevention-focused
programs and activities. For FY 2008, a total of $591,802 was awarded to 13
Healthy Families is a national program model designed to help
expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families
participate voluntarily in the program and receive home visiting and referrals
from trained staff. By providing services to overburdened families, Healthy
Families fits into the continuum of services provided to families in many
- Hugs and Kisses:
Celebrating the 25th year of operation, this nationally acclaimed, award-winning
child sexual abuse prevention program for children K-5 tours local schools
in Virginia annually. The production by Theatre
IV is supported through funds allocated from the Virginia General Assembly
for awareness and prevention. Safety messages are presented to as many as
50,000 children in up to 159 performances per school year.
Child Protection Newsletter:
The Virginia Child Protection Newsletter
(VCPN) is published by James Madison University through a contract with the
Virginia Department of Social Services. Each newsletter is focused on one
or more topics in child welfare. The articles provide a survey of literature
and also address current practice issues.
Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention Month:
This statewide child abuse
and neglect prevention effort promotes public awareness through printing and
distribution of materials to approximately 2,000 individuals and agencies
in local communities every April.
Virginia Family Violence Prevention Program (VFVPP):
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
VFVPP Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention funding was established by the Virginia
legislature to assist in the development of programs focused on primary and
secondary child abuse and neglect prevention. For FY 2008, a total of $500,000
was awarded to 11 projects.
Child Abuse Prevention Month 2013
About Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Support the Blue Ribbon Campaign.
Annually the governor designates April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Virginia. Individuals and organizations in Virginia and across the United States mark the month with public awareness efforts and by distributing blue ribbons for people to wear and display.
Child abuse and neglect is the cause of more than 1,000 deaths each year in the United States.
In Virginia, every 83 minutes a child is abused or neglected. Every
10 days a child dies from abuse or neglect. What can you do to save a child
from abuse, neglect, and death?
Health & Safety
Social & Emotional Well-Being
Encouragement & Nurturing
Preventing Abuse & Implementing Solutions
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