CANTASD, the Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center, is funded by the Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB/OCAN).
We create resources and develop peer learning activities for those engaged in primary and secondary prevention, child protective services and investigation, and multidisciplinary and interagency collaborations to promote the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families. We also support the Federal Interagency Work Group (FEDIAWG) on Child Abuse and Neglect, Citizens Review Panels, and the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Our topic areas are organized into Innovation Streams—areas where we seek to communicate new ideas, encourage new partnerships and alliances, and build knowledge, awareness, and capacity. Our offerings and engagement strategies respond to emerging issues and the evolving needs of the field. Current innovation streams include:
- Supporting Vulnerable Families
- Family & Community Engagement
- Prevention Planning
To learn more, visit Explore Our Topics.
Building Community, Building Hope Film Series
The Building Community, Building Hope films show real-world collaborative solutions in action. Each film comes with a discussion toolkit and supporting materials to foster conversations about what we as a society can—and should—do to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and families. Additional resources and discussion guides.
To browse the films and tools, visit Building Community, Building Hope.
Citizen Review Panels (CRPs)
Citizens Review Panels (CRPs) are groups of citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to conduct an evaluation of their state’s child protective services agency. Each state has at least one CRP that focuses on reviewing policies, procedures, and child maltreatment cases to identify gaps in services and any need for policy changes. We offer information about each state’s CRP and access useful resources.
To learn more, visit Citizen Review Panels.
WE CAN Work to End Child Abuse and Neglect
Our WE CAN series features a set of simple, bold messages intended to build awareness and engage the public and partners in child abuse and neglect prevention. The messages also encourage action by providing links to resources and additional information as appropriate. The WE CAN messages are posted on the website for you to share on social media and download for use in your own e-mails, newsletters, presentations, or other tools.
To explore, visit WE CAN.
About the Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect (FEDIAWG)
Since 1996, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect has continued to lead and coordinate the FEDIAWG, which meets quarterly for Federal staff from some 40 agencies to: communicate and exchange ideas concerning child maltreatment related programs and activities; collect information about federal child maltreatment activities; and provide a basis for collective action through which funding and resources can be maximized.
To learn more, visit Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect on the Children’s Bureau’s website.
About the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
Sponsored by the Children’s Bureau’s Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) brings together professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers from a wide variety of disciplines who share a commitment to ensuring the well-being of children and families. NCCAN is widely recognized as being unique in its scope and the deep diversity of participants.
To learn more, visit National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect on the Child Welfare Information Gateway.