As the only state agency designated to prevent child abuse and neglect, ADCANP/CTF is explicitly focused on educating Alabama communities in the Strengthening Families™ framework –a vital component in preventing child maltreatment.
Research suggests several key activities as useful for the prevention of child maltreatment: raising public awareness, providing education and supports for parents – particularly those facing special challenges (e.g. low resources, special needs children), facilitating positive father involvement, and promoting youth’s own awareness, knowledge, and skills related to resilience.
Therefore, the types of programs ADCANP/ CTF funded include:
Auburn University – Auburn University serves as an independent research team within the Auburn University’s Human Development and Family Studies to conduct systematic data collection and evaluation of ADCANP/CTF funded programs. This systematic empirical assessment of prevention programs throughout the state is one of few such efforts in the United States. Auburn University features evaluation results from the 151 community-based programs funded by Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), Children First Trust Fund (CFTF), Education Trust Fund (ETF), and Department of Human Resources/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (DHR/TANF) funds.