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GIVING TEXAS CHILDREN PROMISE
PEW HOME VISITING CAMPAIGN
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA
TEXANS CARE FOR CHILDREN
TEXAS COUNCIL OF CHILD WELFARE BOARDS
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
WEDNESDAY'S CHILD BENEFIT CORPORATION

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The Children’s Bureau
About The Children’s Bureau: “The Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the Children’s Bureau provides support and guidance to programs that focus on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred, and ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection.”

What You Can Find Here: This resource provides both national and state-specific data on child abuse, neglect, and welfare. The data is based on scholarly research compiled into annual reports on child maltreatment.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
About CWIG: “Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.”

What You Can Find Here: This resource offers definitions of child abuse and neglect, among other topics, as well as guidelines on preventing child abuse before it starts and responding to potential and documented cases of child abuse and neglect. It also lists characteristics typical of children in abusive or negligent situations. Signs for neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse are detailed here to help first responders and the general public better recognize the signs of neglect and abuse.

Family Code from the Texas Statutes under the Texas Constitution (PDF)
From the Texas Constitution: FAMILY CODE TITLE 5. THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND THE SUIT AFFECTING THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP SUBTITLE E. PROTECTION OF THE CHILD CHAPTER 261. INVESTIGATION OF REPORT OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT

What You Can Find Here: This resource states directly the exact literature and wording of Texas law regarding child abuse and neglect. The information here may be helpful in drafting guidelines and layperson literature, as well familiarizing oneself with nuances in Texas’ legal definitions of child abuse and neglect, as they may vary from other states.

KIDS COUNT DATA CENTER
About KIDS COUNT Data Center: This data center is a major initiative and project of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. It is a large-scale effort that tracks the well-being of children in the United States both on a national and state-by-state level. KIDS COUNT “seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children - and to raise the visibility of children’s issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.

What You Can Find Here: KIDS COUNT data center is an easy, accessible and useful tool, which comprises the best data that measures the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children. This site allows child welfare data to be sorted by single states, territories, or even communities. The data center also allows one to compare data between different states/cities, as well as produce data maps, profiles, and graphs.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
About the NDACAN: “The mission of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) is to facilitate the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect. By making data available to increasing numbers of researchers, NDACAN seeks to provide an accessible and scientifically productive means for researchers to explore important issues in the child maltreatment field.”

What You Can Find Here: This resource, as a project of Cornell University, houses an extensive collection of research pertaining to child abuse and neglect. This database hosts studies from within the university as well as data collected by national and regional agencies. Topics include prevalence rates of abuse and neglect, demographic information of at-risk populations, current services provided to families, and outcomes associated with various programs.

National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data & Technology
About the NRCCWDT: “The NRC-CWDT is a service of the Children’s Bureau. The NRC-CWDT provides a broad range of technical assistance at no charge to State and Tribal child welfare agencies and the courts.”

What You Can Find Here: This resource contains access to several federal assessment reviews and reporting systems such as the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), Child & Family Services Reviews (CFSR), and the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS).

Prevent Child Abuse America
About PCAA: The mission of PCA America is, “to prevent abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Prevent Child Abuse America recognizes the significance of research to inform the public at-large and specifically, practitioners and consumers of prevention programming. The Research Center is uniquely positioned to conduct the research necessary to support a new movement to improve child well-being through prevention.”

What You Can Find Here: This resource disseminates evidence-based child abuse and neglect information and resources, and focuses heavily upon the expansion of the current knowledge of child abuse and neglect specifically within prevention programming.

 

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Our mission is to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, advocacy and education. We effect change by organizing and educating our members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs to heal abuse victims. Learn more about the work we do. You can help protect Texas children from abuse & neglect. Find out how you can help.

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