2020 CBCAP State Summary of Exemplary Practices

Resiliency During Challenging Times

The Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program provides federal funding to all 50 States, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. The funds are for the implementation of community-based and prevention-focused programs and activities designed to strengthen and support families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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This summary highlights child abuse prevention activities and services implemented during the 2020 funding year for CBCAP State Lead Agencies. To learn more about the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) that guides the program, click here to download the legislation.

In March 2020, almost every aspect of our lives changed due to the emergence of COVID-19. Everything shifted, from in-person events, home visits, and parenting groups to virtual gatherings and drive by pantries and services. On a greater scale, we were met with challenges to our livelihoods, our mental health, and our wellbeing as we tried to keep ourselves, our families, and communities safe and healthy.

Bigger emergencies surfaced in every field, and the world of CBCAP programs and services were no different. CBCAP state leads, and their grantees faced unheard of challenges while they were asked to do more than they ever had. Challenging circumstances required extraordinary change and innovation, and these organizations survived by quick pivots, fast thinking, and a reliance on their mission to support families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The information shared below provides both a snapshot of services implemented throughout the country and specific state examples of work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Fathers; Family Resource Centers; and Data Collection Methods.

Data Collection Methods

Four states share how they are using innovative approaches to collect data with program participants, staff, and community members to ensure the prevention services provided are effective while addressing basic needs of children and families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Four states reveal how they are promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their CBCAP programs to ensure all children and families have access to services in their states. With the challenges associated with 2020, these states utilized the opportunities to have conversations about equity and inclusion at both the organizational and community levels.

Family Resource Centers

Four states share how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) were supported to meet the needs of children and families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The FRCs continued their role in the positive movement to strengthen families and communities with innovative approaches around collecting data to expand services, meeting the needs of families, and reducing the risk of homelessness.


Five states describe how CBCAP funded programs are working to connect fathers with their children by advancing evidence-based programs and trainings through unique partnerships such as correctional facilities, community coalitions, and fatherhood leadership skill development.