2021 Annual State Summary of Exemplary Practices

The Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program provides federal funding to all 50 States, District of Columbia, 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.


This summary highlights child abuse prevention activities and services implemented during the 2021 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.

Federal Fiscal Year 2021 saw increases in funding to states and communities with the American Rescue Plan Act.  The American Rescue Plan provided an additional $250 million for the CBCAP program that was awarded to states, territories, tribes, tribal organizations, and migrant organizations providing community-based supports and resources to families[1]. These increases in funding brought opportunities and challenges for states and local communities to collaborate on plans and programs to further emphasize child and family well-being as well as address primary and secondary prevention of child abuse and neglect efforts.  In addition, many states and communities continued to support and partner with families to address the challenges they faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We also saw great opportunities in expanding our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  And more people around the world reported their family as a source of meaning in their lives.[2]

The information shared below provides both a snapshot of services implemented throughout the country and specific state examples of work on Culturally Specific Evidence Informed Programs/Practices, Warmlines for Primary Prevention, Outreach to Special Populations, Parent Leadership/Engagement Infrastructure, and Collaboration to Strengthen Prevention Infrastructure.

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Culturally Specific Evidence Informed Programs/Practices

Four states/territories report how they use their prevention funding to develop and implement programs and services to meet the needs of their culturally diverse families.

Warmlines for Primary Prevention

Three states describe how they have used supplemental funding to enhance, develop, and further connect their telephone systems as connectors to resources for all families to prevent calls to the state’s child welfare/protection hotlines.

Outreach to Special Populations

Five states highlight their efforts to successfully engage communities and families to build trust and positive connections with the child welfare and prevention systems within their states.

Parent Leadership/Engagement Infrastructure

Six states provide information on their development and expansion of supporting parent involvement and leadership in their state’s policies and practices. 

Collaboration to Strengthen Prevention Infrastructure

Three states share their processes and plans in collaborating with state, regional, and local organizations to strengthen their state’s prevention system.