Ohio Child Abuse Prevention

Find Ohio child abuse prevention centers. Child abuse prevention centers are social service offices which provide child protective services to families.



What is Child Abuse Prevention?

Child Abuse Prevention is a service or agency that protects children from abuse or neglect and promotes the welfare of children that are vulnerable to, or victims of, abuse. Child Abuse Prevention may be one component of a Child, Youth, and Family Services or similar agency, or it may be established as a stand-alone agency. In addition to government agencies responsible for Child Abuse Prevention, numerous non-profit organizations exist with complementary missions to protect children from abuse and neglect.

The Child Bureau within the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration provides funding to states and tribal organizations for programming that promotes stable families and a variety of prevention and treatment services. It provides technical assistance and training to states and tribes in child protection, the prevention of maltreatment, in-home services for families, and assistance for infants at risk of abandonment. The Child Bureau also manages a reporting system that collects data on reports of child abuse, analyzes the data, and makes the information available to the public.

State agencies responsible for Child Abuse Prevention investigate cases of suspected abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and evaluate and intervene on behalf of victims. Many agencies employ caseworkers to monitor children and to arrange for necessary rehabilitative services for families in need. The work of Child Abuse Prevention agencies often involves close collaboration with law enforcement agencies and the legal system. Prevention services, such as home visits to new and expectant parents and public information and educational initiatives, are common activities in Child Abuse Prevention agencies. Most also offer hotline telephone services for reporting suspected child abuse. Child Abuse Prevention agencies are often responsible for regulating and coordinating processes related to adoptions, foster care, and transitional placements.

Numerous nonprofit agencies have been established around all aspects of Child Abuse Prevention, including legal services, advocacy, public education, victim support and recovery, family rehabilitation, and training for service providers. Child Abuse Prevention programming has been incorporated into various settings and institutions, including schools, prisons, hospitals, and places of worship. These activities may be operated and funded by state or federal government resources or by nonprofit agencies, and they may be tailored to general or targeted populations.