What is CBCAP?
CBCAP stands for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. It refers to specific types of child abuse prevention programs that exist in every state in the U.S.
To learn about the CBCAP program and see prevention programs at work in local communities view the CBCAP Prevention Video. In addition, FRIENDS has developed an elearning course, CBCAP 101, where you can learn more about the CBCAP program.
What legislation supports CBCAP?
The key Federal legislation addressing prevention in child abuse and neglect is the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) which was originally enacted in 1974. This Act has been amended several times in the last 37 years and was most recently amended and reauthorized on December 10th, 2010, by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-320).
CBCAP programs were established by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996 and most recently reauthorized in December of 2010. The purpose of the CBCAP program is:
CBCAP programs should have some activities available to the general population such as public awareness and education about preventing child abuse and neglect. In addition, programs should also target services to vulnerable families that are at risk of abuse or neglect. These families include:
Is there a definition for disability for CBCAP?
The definition of child with a disability in CAPTA refers to IDEA Sec. 602(3) which is Part B:
And from Part C, Section 632(5) which is:
What activities are authorized under CBCAP?
CBCAP programs are authorized to fund child abuse prevention programs in their service area that provide a multitude of services and supports. These services and programs can include:
Programs can also finance the development of a continuum of preventive services through public-private partnerships, financing the start-up, maintenance, expansion, or redesign or child abuse prevention programs, maximizing funding through leveraging funds, and financing public education activities that focus on the promotion of child abuse prevention.
Who manages the CBCAP program at the Federal Level?
The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) at the Children's Bureau, Administration for Families, USDHHS is responsible for overseeing and managing the CBCAP program. OCAN provides support to the state lead agencies through many avenues which include the provision of funds to the National Center on CBCAP or FRIENDS which is available to provide training and technical assistance to lead agencies on the requirements of the program. In addition, OCAN staff work closely with the ACF Regional Office staff who also provide a secondary review of the State applications and reports.
Who manages the CBCAP program at the State Level?
The CBCAP Program is managed by a state lead agency in all 50 States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Each year, the Governor designates a lead entity to administer the funds for the implementation of community-based and prevention-focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect.
What events are held in support of CAPTA and CBCAP programs?
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month each year. For 2014 the theme is Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action. There are downloadable resources on Child Abuse Prevention available in English and Spanish. You can read more about Child Abuse Prevention Month and download the free resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.
The Children's Bureau also sponsors biennial conferences at which professionals and volunteers discuss a broad range of policy, research, program, and practice issues concerning the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Roundtable discussions, poster and plenary sessions, and workshops bring together many disciplines and perspectives to foster new working relationships, exchange information on research, and review practice issues and model programs.
CBCAP grantees are also required to attend an annual meeting each spring which provides grantees with valuable information and opportunities to network with other programs. This meeting is held as a pre-conference event at the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect on those years and as a stand alone event in the alternate years. For more information on the event from 2013 or for information about 2014, click here.