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April 2017Vol. 18, No. 2Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs Support Tribal Prevention Efforts

The Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) program, which was established by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996, is a key piece of Federal legislation that provides funding and support to community-based efforts and initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect. The CBCAP program distributes Federal funds to States and territories under a formula grant, with 1 percent of these funds reserved for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and migrant programs.

Partnering With CBCAP Programs to Support Tribal Prevention Efforts, a brief produced by the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, provides important information on what the CBCAP program entails, including who manages the program at the Federal and State levels, what activities are authorized by the program, and the program's target populations. The brief also describes how Tribal governments and organizations can access CBCAP funds to develop, operate, expand, enhance, and coordinate initiatives, programs, and activities aimed at supporting families and preventing child abuse and neglect. 

Tribal governments and organization can access CBCAP funds in the following two ways:

  • CBCAP Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs—To be awarded the grant, applicants and their proposed programs must meet key expectations, such as meeting the criteria for evidence-based and evidence-informed programs that reflect the unique cultural needs of their community, supporting an evaluation of the programs and services funded by the grant, and developing stronger relationships with their CBCAP State Lead Agency. In September 2016, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas was awarded a grant as part of this program. More information on these grants can be found at
  • CBCAP Community-Based Grants Program—Tribal governments are encouraged to contact their State Lead Agencies to learn more about the criteria for accessing CBCAP community grants in their States. To determine who to contact, Tribal governments can visit, which features a map of the United States from which they can obtain contact information for each State's Lead Agency representative(s).

Although Tribes, Tribal organizations, and migrant programs are encouraged to take advantage of the funds available through the CBCAP program, only a few have accessed State CBCAP funding. Infrequent participation by Tribes may be attributed to the inexperience of the State Lead Agencies in working with Tribal governments and a lack of awareness of culturally appropriate outreach and programming. Collaborating with State Lead Agencies is highly recommended to bring awareness to Tribes' unmet needs and to help Tribes receive CBCAP funding for culturally specific support of Tribal children and families.

The full article, Partnering With Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Programs to Support Tribal Governments and Tribal Organization's Prevention Efforts, is available at (PDF - 647 KB).