Our mission is simple: To be the voice in Indiana for preventing child abuse in all its forms. We practice this mission by raising awareness, serving as a resource for the community, advocating for preventive policies and programs, and fostering a statewide network committed to child abuse prevention. Together with the support of our dedicated volunteers, we’re working to stop child abuse before it begins.

We do not take abuse or neglect reports. Please contact the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556 to report suspected child abuse or neglect.


Video Message from Prevent Child Abuse America

In these unpredictable times, I know many of you are thinking about the families in your lives—your own, those in your community, and families across the country affected by COVID-19. At Prevent Child Abuse America, we’ve been focused on supporting children and families for almost 50 years. The risk to our children for experiencing child abuse and neglect in times of extreme stress and uncertainty—like in anticipation of natural disasters and outbreaks such as this—is actually quite high. Right now, our work is especially important.


Dr. Melissa Merrick issues a special statement on COVID-19 and its impact on our nation’s children & families.


I hope you’ll take a few moments to watch the short video above about the increased risk to children during times of parental stress and social isolation—and our efforts at Prevent Child Abuse America to reduce that risk. We’ve also created a coronavirus resource page on our website, including tips for parents and children and ideas about how we can support one another to help prevent child abuse and neglect, for you to use and share with friends and family.

Lastly, I urge each of you to keep our nation’s children in mind during these trying times by supporting our work:


Together, we can prevent child abuse, America…because childhood lasts a lifetime.

With warm regards,

Dr. Melissa Merrick

Prevent Child Abuse America
President & CEO

Put Kids First

There are many ways to support our work. Here are just a few:
Join us in raising awareness. See all our upcoming programs and events.
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Display pinwheels in your community to promote our organization.
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Renewing your license plate? Choose a Kids First plate to support our work.
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Find a Local Council

Prevention Councils bring the message of primary prevention to their communities. This grassroots, volunteer-driven effort is helping to keep kids safe across Indiana. Find out more about your local council, and how you can get involved.

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Schedule a Training

We offer trainings and other resources to help you understand how to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to suspected maltreatment.

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Safe Tots

Safe Tots touches on a variety of safety issues, including safe sleep practices, water safety, and more.

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Stewards of Children

This award-winning program educates adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

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This two-hour training includes a screening of the documentary “Resilience,” followed by a discussion of the film and childhood poverty.

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Spread the Word

You can help spread the message of prevention and keep our children safe—and we’ll help you do it. Our brochures and educational materials will make you a more effective advocate for primary prevention.

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