The Center for Child Protection and Family Support was founded in 1987 by Joyce N. Thomas a pediatric nurse practitioner, and Carl M Rogers, a research psychologist. The Center is a community-based nonprofit social service agency that focuses on child protection and safety. Today, the Center is nationally and internationally known for delivery of services, training & technical assistance to providers and programs that prevent violence across the life span. The Center's programs and services impact children and families throughout the District of Columbia and nationally for the prevention of child abuse.
Major Accomplishments of the Center are:
- Creation of innovative projects such as Balancing Employment and Parenting (BEAP), which is a field initiated federally funded parenting program for high-risk mothers and pre-school children. A product of this effort is the parenting curriculum known as Riding the Parenthood Wave Curriculum, using an evidence-based model for prevention of child abuse which has been replicated in ten other parent education programs from 2001 to the present.
- Development of culturally competent practice models for the assessment and intervention of at-risk ethnic diverse children and families. A product of this effort was the resource and technical assistance program known as the People of Color Leadership Institute (POCLI). This program was established in 1990, and is a network of individuals that are concerned about ethnic and cultural practices in child welfare agencies.
- Establishment of numerous community-based and science-based approaches for prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse victims and their families. An outcome of this effort was the Child Maltreatment Victim Service Center (VSC), which provided treatment to abused and neglected children and their families.
- Implementation of the Child Abuse and Neglect Training Institute (CANTI), a professional training program for early childhood educators, teachers, and other mandated reporter of child abuse.