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Office of Child Abuse Prevention

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative has recently released the Results First Clearinghouse Database and User Guide : This online resource provides partners across all sectors easy access to information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. We are pleased to note that one of the eight clearinghouses is the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) funded by the California Department of Social Services’ Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP).

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 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 OCAP Logic Model describes program goals, services, and outcomes to achieve effective services for children, families, and communities, thereby reducing child abuse and neglect.

The OCAP consists of two units: the Family and Community Support Services Unit and the Prevention Network Development Unit.

  • The Family and Community Support Services Unit is responsible for the research, development and implementation of innovative programs that lead to the dissemination of promising/evidence based practices. The projects are to promote child, family, and community well-being by preventing, intervening, and treating child abuse and neglect. The unit oversees the administration of the State Children’s Trust Fund, projects such as the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, and a statewide training and technical assistance project (Strategies) for community based family support organizations and public agencies. The unit is responsible for the development and coordination of Parent Leadership activities to promote parent involvement in prevention and early intervention efforts. Additionally, this unit implements statewide public awareness campaigns, outreach and training projects, and training of mandated reporters of child abuse.
  • The Prevention Network Development Unit provides oversight of the federal PSSF and CBCAP grants administered by OCAP and the state funded CAPIT grants. To support implementation of programs and services funded through these sources, the unit provides technical assistance to county Child Welfare Service agencies, community based organizations, and also provides coordination of associated statewide training. The unit reviews each county’s self assessment and system improvement plan as a part of the State’s Outcomes and Accountability System. Prevention Network Development also is responsible for coordinating activities that increase understanding of child abuse prevention through sponsoring prevention/early intervention conferences, and collaborating with CAPCs, public and private agencies on outreach and education.


California Department of Social Services
Office of Child Abuse Prevention
744 P Street, MS 8-11-82
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-6960