• Tiles To Fill Our New CAC Tiles To Fill Our New CAC Celebrate the special child (or children) in your life by immortalizing their artwork on the walls of our Child Advocacy Center! Tiles make a wonderful holiday gift for young artists!
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  • Advocates Advocates We provide education and support that enables children and families to stay together in a safe environment.
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  • Educators Educators We educate families, teachers, and medical professionals in our community to raise abuse awareness.
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  • "There's No Excuse for Child Abuse" Gala and Silent Auction Each year our programs serve more than 16,000 children and adults in Dutchess County. The proceeds from this annual event allows the center to continue in its very important work for our community. Help us to put a stop to child abuse in Dutchess County. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
  • 2015 Gala Sponsors 2015 Gala Sponsors We are grateful for the generosity of our 2015 Gala Sponsors. Please take a moment to visit their web sites and patron their businesses.
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  • Parenting Classes Cancelled Parenting Classes Cancelled The Parent Empowerment Classes for March 31, 2015, held at the Center for the Prevention of Child abuse, are cancelled.
  • Help make a difference in your community! 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.
  • Family Health and Saftey Day Family Health and Saftey Day Join us Saturday April 11, 2015, from 10am-4pm, for our Family Health and Safety Day at the Poughkeepsie Galleria! There will be family activities and hourly raffles for both children and adults. Contact us for more information 845-454-0595
  • Honoring the Kaplan Family Foundation Honoring the Kaplan Family Foundation This year for our "There's No Excuse for Child Abuse" Gala and Silent Auction, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is proud to announce we will be honoring The Kaplan Family Foundation!
  • Poughkeepsie Plaza Gives Back! Poughkeepsie Plaza Gives Back! The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse participated in the 17th annual Health and Wellness Fair at the Poughkeepsie Plaza, on February 21st, 2015. The Center was chosen to be the organization that benefited from the event, and was awarded a $500.00 check. Thank you to all who made this possible! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

About Us

Our mission is to prevent child abuse.

We hope this website will help you learn about our programs and services; see the impact we are making in our communities (success stories, statistics, and newsletters); meet the people on our staff and board of directors; understand the devastating effects of abuse on children; learn how to stay connected (join our mailing list, join our Facebook group, or attend an upcoming event); and find out how you can help (volunteer or make a donation).

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The Child Abuse Prevention Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit agency with the mission "to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect by providing education, prevention, and intervention services throughout Dutchess County. The agency began in 1973. While we receive financial support from a variety of state and local agencies, we rely heavily on donations and contributions from our community to effectively serve our children and families. 

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Recent Blog Posts

  1. "Children Aren't Playthings" Amanda Brigham 04-Feb-2015
  2. Who Is a Mandated Reporter? Kathleen Murphy 02-Oct-2013
  3. A New Home to Better Serve the Community Kathleen Murphy 26-Nov-2012
  4. Thank You! Kathleen Murphy 19-Sep-2012


In 2010, 79,668 New York State children were abused or neglected, according to the NYS Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (the Child Abuse Reporting Hotline) -- a victimization rate of 18.0 for every 1,000 children.

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.

According to Child Maltreatment 2010, the most recent report of data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), a nationally estimated 754,000 duplicate and 695,000 unique number of children were found to be victims of child maltreatment in the Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2010.

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2008 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.

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