The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) administers federal grants, contracts, and state programs designed to promote best practices and innovative approaches to child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. The OCAP serves as a statewide source of information, developing and disseminating educational material regarding prevention/early intervention programs, activities, and research.
The Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s (OCAP) mission is to promote health and safety to children and families by reducing child abuse and neglect through the funding of direct services; the training of professionals that work in the child abuse prevention and protection arenas; and conducting activities that educate the public about child maltreatment and enhance the infrastructure that supports prevention efforts.
The federal grants administered by OCAP are the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA); Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP); and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF).
The intent of the Child Abuse Prevention Act is…
• that a comprehensive approach for the prevention of child abuse and neglect be developed for the state and used as a basis of funding of programs and services;
• that multidisciplinary and discipline-specific training on child abuse and neglect and domestic violence be available to professionals with responsibilities affecting children, youth, and families; and
• that the Office of Child Abuse Prevention within State Department of Health establish a comprehensive statewide approach towards the prevention of child abuse and neglect.