Child Abuse Prevention Month


You are invited to participate in community-building, family-strengthening activities across the state. The 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Month Calendar is full! Please join us.

(Posted March 26, 2015)


Proclamation Celebration

See the Children. Hear the Music. Feel the Hope.

Thank you to everyone who made the "See It. Hear It. Feel It." event so incredibly wonderful! We will post pictures here soon. Meanwhile, the Bismarck Tribune has some inspiring photos, and, if you're on Facebook, you can check out the pics on our page.


Proclamation Celebration Poster web-ready 3-25-15.pdf


Special congratulations to the 2015 Caring Community Award recipients! They are Spirit Lake Home Visiting Program, Turtle Mountain Home Visiting Program, Kenmare Safe Community Coalition, TEAM KAIZEN, and HIT, Inc.  

(Updated March 26, 2015)


Wear Blue Day


Please join us in wearing blue to support prevention and awareness of child abuse. Friday, April 10, 2015, is Wear Blue Day across the country. Stay tuned for more events to honor Child Abuse Prevention Month this April.


CAP Month Wear Blue Poster DHS 2015

 (Updated March 5, 2015) 


Caring Community Awards



Caring CommunityWe are honored to announce five recipients of the 2015 Caring Community AwardSpirit Lake Home Visiting Program, Turtle Mountain Home Visiting Program, Kenmare Safe Community Coalition, TEAM KAIZEN, and HIT, Inc.

We will post more details about these caring communities soon.

A caring community is a place where children are nurtured, families are supported, and community members take into their own hands the work of preventing child abuse and neglect. A caring community may be an organization of like-minded individuals, an entity like a business or agency, or a full town or neighborhood that has many entities working together to support children. These communities help prevent isolation of children and families -- and are crucial to preventing the stressors that can lead to child maltreatment.

Awardees will be celebrated throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month, featured on local media, and recipients of great multigenerational prizes. Thanks to all who made nominations this year!

(Updated March 5, 2015)


Home Visiting Conference


You are invited to the 4th annual home visiting conference on Friday, April 17, 2015. Registration is now open, and all are welcome to join us. Our keynote  presenter will be Linda Carpenter, of Children and Family Futures, speaking about the needs of substance-exposed infants and their families. 

(Updated February 23, 2015)


2015 Legislative Session


nd capitolThe 64th legislative session is underway, and we are advocating regularly for children and families. We also provide bill tracking services on behalf of the North Dakota Children's Justice Alliance. Visit our Legislative Session 2015 page for ongoing updates. For  additional information, contact Karen Van Fossan, Communications Director, at 701.223.9052 or karenvan @

(Updated March 17, 2015) 


  Hello, Kids! 


Thank you for visiting.

It's not easy to talk about child abuse. But to end it, we need to talk about it. Every kid deserves to be safe. Would you like to help?

You can... (Click on the pics.)


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If you are not safe, talk to a trusted adult. If you don't get help, talk to another adult. Keep trying until you get help.

Come back again! And check out our coloring books today.

(Updated March 5, 2015)


0% Child Abuse


Can you envision it? What if we could reduce child abuse and neglect by 100%? What if every child in North Dakota could wake up every morning nurtured and safe? What if the solutions were in our hands?

North Dakota now has a concrete vision for eliminating child abuse and neglect:

1. Community.

2. Commitment.

3. Access.

4. Policy.

Look at our easy-to-read Vision for North Dakota's Families. Then contact info @ to give us your feedback, share your vision, and get your community -- or yourself -- involved. 

(Updated January 13, 2014)


Adverse Childhood Experiences


"Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have profound effects on the lifelong health of adults," the North Dakota Department of Health reports. A recent National Survey of Children’s Health provides data on nine ACEs among U.S. children. The survey shows that nearly half of North Dakota children age 0 through 17 have experienced one or more ACEs -- which translates into an estimated 65,000 children in North Dakota. In addition, 1 of every 5 North Dakota children has experienced two or more ACEs. More information is available through the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health.

(Posted October 10, 2013)


"What Can I Do?"


Make a Personal Commitment to Prevention

As an adult, I understand that I can help prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting families and communities to be nurturing to children. I commit to:

1.      Consider how any decision would impact child abuse and neglect. Would this decision – in my personal, work, or social life – make children more or less vulnerable? How would it support families and communities to be nurturing to children?

2.      Be a supportive neighbor. If I see a family or child under stress, how can I be caring and supportive? Instead of viewing the family or child as outsiders, how can I offer them a sense of belonging in the community?

3.      Report suspected child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused and neglected need support from trained adults. If I am concerned that a child may be abused or neglected, I will contact the police or social services, anonymously if necessary; if nothing seems to change, I will contact them again.

(Posted September 2013)





There are many ways to join TEAM PCAND. You can be a friend to a child, help a parent or caregiver, start a block party, report suspected abuse, and more.

Now you can also purchase a TEAM PCAND running jersey! Each jersey is just $20, plus $5 shipping and handling. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 701.223.9052 and order yours today! Supplies are limited.

(Posted August 29, 2013)


Suspected Child Neglect/Abuse

If you're concerned that a child is being neglected or abused, it is crucial that you make a report to the police or social services. Children who are experiencing abuse or neglect need support from trained adults. You can make an anonymous report through the North Dakota Child Protection Program website.

(Posted February 22, 2013)


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