Childhelp – pioneers in preventing abuse

by PJ Mullen on April 13, 2010

in April 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Childhelp, the third nominee for the Spread Your Warmth campaign, comes to us from another blogger friend and author of the new book Tales from the Trips about his life as a father to triplets, John Cave Osborne.

Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

Their approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of their programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work.”

Their mission is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They focus their efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach.

In reviewing their website there were some sobering statistics on child abuse and neglect, most notably that there are over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States. In 2007, approximately 5.8 million children were involved in an estimated 3.2 million child abuse reports and allegations.

Some other general statistics courtesy of Childhelp:

  • a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and that five children die everyday as a result of child abuse.
  • child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • about 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.

Thank you to John Cave Osbourne for nominating Child Help. If you would like t learn more about Child Help and their mission, visit their website., or follow them on Twitter

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