CPCAN works to educate and strengthen our community
to prevent child abuse and neglect.
CPCAN strives to prevent the maltreatment of children before it happens.
- Education for parents and caregivers about child development and positive parenting strategies.
- Safe Sleep information to protect infants from preventable sleep related death, and the Period of PURPLE Crying, a shaken baby prevention program.
- Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
- Education for professionals, such as social workers, nurses, teachers and others about how to identify and respond to suspected abuse and neglect.
- Educational assessments and classes for parents and students struggling with truancy, in conjunction with the court system.
- Participation at community events to distribute parent education and child safety materials and, to raise awareness and knowledge of how to recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Collaboration with like-minded agencies across the community to ensure unduplicated services for families and children.
- Programs to build community awareness of the problem of child maltreatment, and ways in which to prevent it.
CPCAN's educational offerings are based on building the Six Protective Factors shown to foster the well being of children and families.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes protective factors as "attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Research has show that these protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect."
The six protective factors are:
- Nurturing and Attachment
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Parental Resilience
- Social Connections
- Concrete Supports for Parents
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children