We provide education and support that enables children and families to stay together in a safe environment.
We educate families, teachers, and medical professionals in our community to raise abuse awareness.
Help Make A Difference In Your Community!
The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is currently in need of both committee members and volunteers. If you are interested in helping the children and families in your community, please click on the link at the top of the page to fill out a volunteer form. Please contact us with any questions 845-454-0595.
Our families are in need of your support!
Our Families are in Need! We are able to help the families in our programs through donations from our community members. We are currently in need of Diapers- All Sizes Especially 2, 4, and 6, Pull ups- 4T and 5T, Deodorant- Men,Women, and Teen, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Toilet Paper, Sun Block, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Phone Cards for Prepaid Cell Phones, New Car Seats, and Pack and Plays. Donations can be dropped off at 35 Van Wagner Road, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Thank you to the Dutchess County American Legion!
Chairman of the Children and Youth Committee of the Dutchess County American Legion, John Conto, presented our Executive Director, Kathleen M. Murphy, with a donation. The Center staff and families appreciate your generosity and support!
Please watch and share our new Human Trafficking PSA
Follow the link Nightlife Makeup PSA to watch and share our new PSA to raise awareness for Human Trafficking. Thank you to Spark Media Project for the production of this powerful PSA.
Hero Walk to Help End Bullying!
The Mediation Center of Dutchess County held its 5th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon – Hero Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson ), Saturday, April 30 to increase community education and action on bullying – an issue that affects people right here in the Hudson Valley. Our very own Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, Rene participated with her son. Thank you for helping to end bullying!
Joe Daily Honored. Donates to the CPCA!
On May 10, 2016, Q92’s Morning shows Joe Daily was honored by the Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess. He was honored for his life long service to others in Southern Dutchess County. Joe Daily chose the CPCA as the Non-profit organization that received a $500 donation as part of the ceremony. Thank you for your outstanding devotion to the people in our community!
Hudson Valley Gives!
Hudson Valley Gives is our regions first one-day online fundraising event to support charities and organizations in 6 counties of the Hudson Valley. Please click the link to donate to the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse! Remember this is a one day event, you only have 24 hours to donate! https://www.hvgives.org/organizations/the-center-for-the-prevention-of-child-abuse
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In 2014, there were 12 abused children for every 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, lower than the state (excluding NYC) rate of 16. The region’s rate of child abuse decreased by 1%, while the state (excluding NYC) increased 20% from 2000 to 2014. Child abuse rates were consistently lowest in Orange County (9 per 1,000 in 2014) while Ulster and Dutchess had higher rates, 17 and 16 respectively in 2014.
In New York State in 2010, 114 children died as a result of abuse or neglect, a fatality rate of 2.58 per 100,000 children, according to Child Maltreatment 2010. This is a 4.4 percent increase from 109 fatalities that occurred in 2009.
Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children.
The United States has the worst record of the industrialized nations – five children every day lose their life due to abuse-related deaths.
Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
In 2012, there were 161,992 statewide reports of child abuse in NYS according to the OCFS NYS Central Register of Child Abuse. Of these 161,992 reports, 46,659 were indicated.
Indicated reports are those in which there is credible evidence that a child has experienced abuse, neglect or maltreatment from a parent or legal guardian. This includes sexual abuse committed or allowed by a parent or guardian.
The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2012 is $124 billion.
The Center works with children, youth, parents, the general public, mandated reporters (such as teachers, medical professionals, and daycare providers) civic groups, schools and other agencies to prevent child abuse and neglect. Please call and find out how you can help us keep our children safe in Dutchess County. Financial contributions are always greatly appreciated.
In 2013, the rate of teen pregnancies in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was 2.6%, on par with the statewide (excluding NYC) rate and down 51% from 2000. The decline across the region mirrors the statewide trend. Teen pregnancy was higher in Orange and Ulster counties (3.0% and 2.4% respectively) than in Dutchess (2.1.%) in 2013.
There were 12.4 bullying incidents in the region for every 1,000 students in 2013, above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 11.4. The regional rate fell 9% from 2004 through 2013. In 2013, Dutchess County had the lowest rate of bullying incidents at 9.8 per 1,000 students, followed by Orange with 12.7 and Ulster with 16.4. Some school districts had especially high rates in 2013, including Pine Plains in Dutchess, Valley in Orange, and Marlboro and Kingston in Ulster.
The accuracy of the data depends on students reporting bullying behavior, and on schools accurately reporting to the state. Although the state has provided guidance to schools on how incidents should be reported, there can be variations in how that guidance is interpreted by school officials. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.