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Groups that Work for Children

Child advocacy groups vary in size and scope. Some groups raise funds and lobby for children nationwide, whereas others take a more local, hands-on approach. The following are just a few of the many resources available:

Nationwide Programs

Photo of Chinese schoolchildren: Helping children protects their future, and gives them happy lives.
Chinese children expressing the joy of life - something people all over the world can share, Beijing

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 1-410-547-6600
Fax: 1-410-547-6624
[email protected]
     "A private charitable organization dedicated to helping
to build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States. Primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms and community support that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.  In pursuit of this goal, the foundation makes grants that help states, cities and communities fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs."
     This is a good site where you can read about its work and programs that battle child poverty.  Also, read about Kids Count, a "national, state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the US" -SNS
     I agree that this website is focused on helping disadvantaged children. They are really trying their best to help teenagers avoid juvenile detention centers and go on to a successful adulthood.-t.b
I agree, and one can subscribe to the Kids Count newsletter. -FRH
     I believe this site is very helpful to constructing a better future for children in need in the U.S.-DME
     This is a good site because it make people realize that there is a lot of poverty and vulnerable children in the U.S- JFC
     Page has virus.-FBS


Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA)
National Office
230 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 1-215-567-7000
: 1-215-567-0394
[email protected]
Website: www.bbbsa.org
     As a result of this association, "teachers and parents report that kids show improvement in their grades, attitudes and relationships. They were also less likely than their peers to repeat a grade, and their average number of unexcused absences dropped."
     This is a great site for anyone looking for a mentor/role model. You can volunteer or make a contribution as well. -SNS
     I also think this organization helps young people in need of a role model and someone that truly cares about their well being as well as their academics. I encourage reading the stories posted on this site because they are really heart lifting.-DME
     A touching site that commits itself to caring about children through different programs. -FRH
     This is a very nice site because it explain a lot of important things. JFC

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Childhelp, USA
15757 N. 78th St.
Scottsdale, ARIZONA 85260
Phone: 1-480-922-8212 or 
Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (TDD)
Fax: 1-480-922-7061
[email protected]
: www.childhelpusa.org
One of the largest and oldest national nonprofit organizations dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children. We do so by focusing our efforts and resources in the areas of treatment, prevention and research. This site includes a "Kids Only" section, which speaks directly to children and tells them how to recognize and report abuse.
     Yvonne Fedderson and Sara O'Meara, the founders, guarantee that "the children whose journey brings them to our doors will find safety, healing and love."
     This site has many wonderful sources of information on child abuse and relevant programs. It also provides helpful links to further your search on child abuse issues. It features some preventative measures that children can take if they are being abused. -PAF
     Very friendly and helpful site. Check out their upcoming events, which include sports and other fun activities. Also, you can potentially volunteer with this organization. -SNS
     This site is good for someone looking to seek help for abused children.-t.b.

 A very positive site focused on helping children; offers inspiring success stories. -FRH
     This site includes a lot of convenient information about help for abused children and how we can help change these situations by having different events in which can create a better life.-DME
     This site has other many sites that is very helpful for people that really want to learn. JFC

Child Lures Prevention
5166 Shelburne Road
Shelburne, VERMONT 05482
Phone: 1-800-552-2197
Fax: 1-802-985-8418
[email protected]
Website: www.childlures.org
     A family business dedicated to keeping children safe from sexual abuse, abduction, drugs and school violence.
     "Primary goals are 1) to raise public awareness concerning the prevalence of childhood sexual exploitation and related crimes against children and 2) to make prevention of these crimes a national priority."
     This site is helpful for issues addressing child abuse. It provides safety tips, links and other relevant information on these issues. -PAF
     Informative site where you can read about its community plan to raise awareness of childhood sexual exploitation and related crimes. -SNS
     This excellent site shows harrowing statistics and offers articles on how sexual abuse is a national problem that must be dealt with seriously and promptly. -FRH
     Very good site because it explain you about all kind of situation that happens in the world. JFC

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baking cookies - one of many enjoyable activities you might share with a child

Even sharing "small" activities can make a big difference for a child.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
1726 M St. NW, Suite 500
 Washington DC, 20036
Phone: 202-688-4200
Fax: 202-833-1689
     "The oldest and largest national nonprofit organization developing and promoting policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen American families. CWLA's 1,000 plus public and private and non-profit member agencies serve 3 million abused and neglected children and their families each year."
     This website makes it very easy to access a number of resources that deal with child welfare issues, programs and services. -PAF
     Read about all the helpful programs they have to help protect the children of today and of the future. Also, you can make a donation. -SNS

     I agree, and there is also a free newsletter available for anyone to access online. -FRH

Children’s Institute International (CII)
711 South New Hampshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Phone: 1-213-385-5100
Fax: 1-213-383-1820
[email protected]
Website: http://www.childrensinstitute.org/
     A private, nonprofit organization specializing in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Assistance includes child and family assessment, sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention and family treatment, Early Head Start program, therapeutic day care, child health clinic, long-term foster care and substance abuse treatment and prevention services.
     "Serves children and families from L.A. County, but the majority come from high-speed, low-resource communities... their professional multi-disciplinary training program extends its compassionate scope of assistance throughout California, the nation, and internationally, as well."
     This site addresses the issues of child abuse and neglect. It provides the public with information on available programs, services, training and related links. -PAF
     Read about the numerous programs they administer, each geared toward specific child harassment cases. Discover the goals of each program and what you can do to help prevent child abuse. -SNS
     I agree that this site helps young children who have been affected by violence. This organization help these young children with the many programs that it has. Read about them, they are really helpful. -T.B.
This site offers success stories on different programs. Also there are different ways to provide support by making donations or volunteering. -FRH
     Shows a lot of information about important thing the the world should know. JFC

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Children's Rights Council (CRC)
Children's Rights Council
9470 Annapolis Road
Suite 310
Lanham, Maryland 20706
Phone: 1-301-459-1220
[email protected]
Website: http://www.crckids.org/
     "Works to assure a child the frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with two parents and extended family the child would normally have if his or her parents were married. We work to strengthen families through education, favoring family formation and family preservation. CRC is genderless; we are not a women's group or a men's group. Rather we advocate what we believe to be in the best interests of children, including the "Children's Bill of Rights."
     This site allows you to learn more about what this council does to try to have every child be in contact with both of his parents, if possible. -SNS
     This website shows how this organization is great at protecting the rights of children and how they plan to keep families together.-T.B.
     This site features an interesting children's bill of rights. There are also links to articles available. -FRH

Happy child with her mom

Children who get love and attention feel better about themselves and are much more likely to have a happy, productive life

Connect for Kids
c/o The Benton Foundation
1625 K Street, NW 11th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Fax: 1-202-638-5771
An award-winning multimedia project of the Benton foundation, helps adults make their communities better places for families and children. Offers a place on the Internet for adults, parents, grandparents, educators, policymakers and others who want to become more active citizens from volunteering to voting with kids in mind.
     "Strives to help people:
1) Become more informed about the status of children in the community, state and nation
2) Give time or money to improve kids' lives
3) Learn tools and techniques to address a specific interest related to children
4) Get connected to groups that can act on behalf of kids
5) Exercise responsible citizenship with children in mind."
     This site has information on volunteer opportunities and topics of interest to parents who want to improve the community for all citizens. -PAF
     This website includes a helpful search feature to find a range of topics concerning children's issues in today's society. -DME 
     It is an extensive website with plenty of information and access to different types of articles all concerning the safety of children. -FRH

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Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island St., Suite #304
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
Phone: 1-415-252-8900 or 1-800-595-4889 (TTY)
Fax: 1-415-252-8991
[email protected]
Website:   http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/      
     A national, nonprofit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention, and policy reform.
     "Works to end domestic violence and help women and children whose lives are devastated by abuse, because every person has a right to live in a home free of violence."
     This site provides programs, ways to contact Congress and other resources dealing with the issue of family violence and how to prevent it. -PAF

     A very useful site that is geared toward ending domestic violence.  More appropriately, read about its children's program that focuses on ending child abuse. -SNS
     This is a website that has really productive programs that help teens who are in a abusive relationship and is seeking a way to get out. This organization wants to stop violence, especially among teenagers.-T.B.
     There are different programs geared toward assisting children who are victims of violence. -FRH
     This site provides information for teens who are being abused in relationships mentally and physically who are seeking a resolution.-DME

Even playing with children helps lead them towards a society filled with love and care

International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
13123 E. 16th Ave. B390
Aurora, CO 80045 USA

Phone: 1..303.864.5220
Fax: 1-630-876-6917
[email protected]
     Works "to prevent cruelty to children in every nation, in every form: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, child fatalities, child prostitution, children of war, emotional abuse child labor (and to help street children). Committed to increasing public awareness and developing activities to prevent violence against children, promoting the rights of children in all regions of the world."
     This site provides information on events, resources and publications on ways to prevent family and child abuse and neglect. This site addresses information on an international level. -PAF
     This website allows you to learn about the pressing issues and problems concerning child abuse. Provides ample information on how to deal with and prevent child abuse. Also, you can become a member and volunteer. -SNS
     One can purchase the organization's publications. -FRH

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National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
9300 Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: 703-934-3740
Fax:  703-934-3740
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.calib.com/nccanch
     "Provides information, products and technical assistance services to help professionals with information on child abuse and neglect and related child welfare issues."
     This site deals with child abuse, neglect and welfare. It provides stats., publications, prevention methods and database references. -PAF
     The website offers you vital information on statistics, research, state laws and resources on issues concerning child protection, abuse prevention, etc. -SNS
     This is an extensive website and the site offers answers to FAQs on several topics. -FRH

The National Mentoring Partnership
1600 Duke St., Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 1-703-224-2200
     "We work to help:
     -Entire communities and states work together to sustain and expand mentoring opportunities for young people.
     -Schools, businesses, civic associations, faith communities and youth-serving organizations build or strengthen their mentoring programs.
     -Educators and work force preparation leaders integrate mentoring into programs
     -Individuals learn about mentoring opportunities and become the mentors young people want and need."
     This website is the gateway to finding, or becoming, a mentor virtually anywhere in the U.S. There is a training guide link to help you become a better mentor. Also, the true mentoring stories on the site can be an inspiration for you. -SNS
     This site helps people find mentoring opportunities in their communities. -FRH


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Pandora’s Box
Mailing address, phone and e-mail were not readily available
Website: www.prevent-abuse-now.com

     Contains child protection and abuse prevention information.
     This site focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse. It provides documentation of all kinds and discusses offenses against children and preventative methods to use. -PAF  I agree. -SNS 
     There are several articles about different types of child abuse. -FRH


Pearl S. Buck International
520 Dublin Rd.
Perkasie, PA 18944
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.pearlsbuck.org
     "A non-sectarian development and humanitarian assistance organization dedicated to improving quality of life and expanding opportunities for children, who, as a result of the circumstances of their birth, have been denied access to educational, social, economic and civil rights."
     This site allows you to view breaking news headlines and upcoming special events supporting the mission of helping children worldwide. Also, check out its volunteer opportunities. -SNS
     One can sign up for the newsletter and read about its programs helping children throughout the world. Also one can sponsor a needy child.  -FRH

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Prevent Child Abuse America
228 South Wabash Avenue
10th floor, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 1-312-663-3520
Fax: 1-312-939-8962
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.preventchildabuse.org         
     "Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative leaders in child abuse prevention. Our nationwide network of local affiliates have worked to implement direct service programs in hundreds of communities. Our research has forged new paths in prevention strategies and programs. Through our media campaigns, people are finding ways they can help prevent abuse.
     "We continue to equip professionals with the latest proven prevention approaches through training and technical assistance. And as a critical part of our prevention strategy, our advocacy efforts help shape national and local policies to build support and funding for prevention programs. In addition to the political/advocacy aspects of the page, it also includes the section 'Info for Kids' and 'Tips for Parents'."
     This site provides information on programs, publications, events and a research center that focuses on the prevention of abuse and neglect of children. -PAF
     Good site. Also, read about the programs they have to stop child abuse. -SNS
     A helpful site that offers several articles on tips of parents and how to effectively handle problems with children. -FRH 

1304 Newbury Road
Unit E, Newbury Park, CA  91320
Phone: 1-805-499-9160
[email protected]
Website: www.safesurf.com   
     Dedicated to making the Internet safer for your children without censorship.  They've developed and are implementing an Internet Rating Standard that is bringing together parents, providers, publishers, developers and all the resources available on the Internet to achieve this goal.  It involves marking sites with the Safe Surf Wave.
     "Children should be protected on the Internet; however, parents should have the choice to raise children as they see fit and define the word 'indecent' for themselves.  The only way to achieve freedom of choice by parents is to implement an Internet-wide rating standard."
     This site is a wonderful tool for parents to be in control of what their children are exposed to on the internet. It provides press releases, related sites and an explanation of the rating system according to the age of the viewer. This is a great way to monitor what your child has internet access to. -PAF
     Helpful site, not only for parents, but for anyone who would like to rate their own web site. -SNS
     This site is a simple and effective way for parents to ensure their child's safety without placing restrictions on the child's ability to browse the Internet. -FRH

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Safer Child Inc.
P.O. Box 6124
Pocatello, ID 83205
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.saferchild.org
     Our goal is that "every child is loved, well-cared for and encouraged to grow up into a happy, well-adjusted adult. Safer Child's mission is to provide parents, caregivers and educators worldwide with the resources and information they need to help all children grow up healthy, safe and happy."
     Learn more about this organization, but realize that the people who work for this group are not experts and are not authorized to give professional advice, so this may not be a helpful site. -SNS
     I agree, but there are a lot of topics on the website that are covered. -FRH

Voices for America's Children
1000 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-1202
Phone: 1-202-289-0777
Fax: 1-202-289-0776
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.voicesforamericaschildren.org
     "Improves the lives of children in the USA by enhancing the capacity of NACA member organizations to advocate on behalf of children and their families."
     Read about the basics of child advocacy and understand how important it is for children to have strong advocates supporting their beliefs. -SNS
     This is a very informative site with many interesting articles on education, Social Security, and health care. -FRH

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World Children's Fund
5442 Thornwood Dr.
San Jose, CA 95123
Phone: 1-408-363-8100
Fax: 1-408-629-4846
     "A global network of caring and sharing to help rescue needy children who are abandoned, distressed, endangered, exploited, homeless, hungry, sick or suffering."
     A very informative site that allows you to read about the programs they have for helping desperate children in need. You can write to them expressing your concerns or thoughts on this issue, and find out how you can contribute some of your time and/or money to this organization. -SNS
      I agree, this site allows the average person to assist the cause in a handful of ways. -FRH

NOTE: Additional ways to raise public support are in the article on How to Lobby.

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