Recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate risk and promote healthy development and wellbeing. 

The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) at The Howard Phillips Center offers a child-friendly facility where professionals such as doctors, nurses, forensic interviewers, detectives, child advocates, therapists and child abuse investigators assemble to make joint decisions regarding the assessment, advocacy and treatment of child abuse cases. Child advocates also bridge the gap between assessment and treatment by providing support, advocacy and referrals.

The Healing Tree (part of the CAC) is the leading mental health treatment program for victims of child abuse in Central Florida, providing individual, group and family therapy sessions for children and their non-offending caregivers.

Will you Help?

Now, more than ever, philanthropy is a key component to The Howard Phillips Center’s ability to provide services in our community. Help us continue to provide care to our most vulnerable children and families during this stressful time. Just $100 provides 1 child with advocacy services that empower them to rebuild their lives. And, $10,000 can provide 100 group counseling sessions for abused children.

To give to The Howard Phillips Center, please visit


Children's Advocacy Center

The Children's Advocacy Center is a place where professionals — such as police officers, the Florida Department of Children and Families, school officials, nurses and doctors — jointly investigate and protect victims of our community’s more serious child abuse cases.

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