Preventing child abuse and neglect across the state of Nebraska isn't something that can be done by one organization. Nebraska Children is part of a variety of partnerships -- from the state government to local philanthropic organizations to national prevention networks -- to work toward its vision for Nebraska's children. Together, we can make measurable differences in the safety, stability and nurturing present in Nebraska families.
Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA) is a national organization dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children through state chapters, public awareness, and advocating for national changes in policy that promote a nationwide prevention network. Nebraska Children houses Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska, our state's chapter of PCA.They provide outreach materials, research, evidence-based prevention practices and training to help us and the statewide community councils maximize effectiveness in implementing prevention programs.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is on the front line when dealing with abuse and neglect that has already occurred within families. They've been working with Nebraska Children to lower those instances with a focus on prevention. Thanks to their partnership and funding, Nebraska Children has been able to work statewide to build Community Prevention Systems that keep families from entering the child welfare system, and keep children safe and healthy. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) also partners with Nebraska Children on much of our early childhood education work.
The Nebraska Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Partnership was formed in 2006 to focus on reducing child maltreatment in our state. The partnership comprises Department and Division leadership of DHHS Children and Family Services, Public Health, and Behavioral Health, the chair and vice chair of the NCAPF Board, leadership of Nebraska Children, the office of Probation, representative from the Crime Commission, Department of Education, and Sherwood Foundation. Together, the partnership works to support the prevention efforts of communities across the state.
Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board
The Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board was created in 1986 by the State Legislature. A nine-member Board of Directors, nominated by the Governor and approved by the State Legislature, governs the Board. The Board is administered by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
Child Abuse Prevention Councils
Local child abuse prevention councils are supported by Prevent Child Abuse Nebraska. These community councils help provide resources to children and families, as well as the providers who serve them. Each council is a unique representative of its area and all councils share a focus on parent education and public awareness for prevention.