National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect

The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) is a national center that was established within the Children's Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services, an agency of the Federal government of the United States. It was created by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1974.

The 1996 reauthorization of CAPTA, P.L. 104-235, abolished NCCAN. It provided for an Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) to be created within the Children's Bureau instead, to coordinate NCCAN's former functions.[1]

Today, OCAN supports programs, research, publications, and monitoring systems that strengthen families and help prevent child abuse and neglect. OCAN's funding to states and tribes also provides for child abuse and neglect assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities.[2]


  1. "The Children's Bureau legacy: Ensuring the right to childhood" (PDF). Washington, DC: Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2013. p. 194.
  2. "Child Abuse & Neglect | Children's Bureau | Administration for Children and Families". Retrieved 2014-01-02.

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