Child abuse prevention is important every step of the way in the growth of children... and parents... and other caring adults.
The National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC) recognizes that to protect children from abuse, prevention services must address individuals, families and the community. The local prevention programs of the NCAC reach out to almost 10,000 people in Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama each year. These programs offer a range of services to parents, children, schools and a variety of individuals and organizations throughout our community. We all want to have a safe, healthy, and happy community.
We CAN protect our children, stop abuse, and build a strong and prosperous future for our community. It’s possible and it’s happening.
When children are little and parents are responsible for their every need, it is overwhelming.
When children are school age and parents aren’t always there to supervise, children are vulnerable.
When children become teenagers and don’t think before they act, there are unforeseen consequences.
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN)
Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) is a school-based program designed to provide child abuse prevention and safety information to school children. Staff members and trained volunteers teach youth about personal safety including inappropriate touching, Internet safety, and bullying.
Healthy Families North Alabama is a parent support program for first-time parents living in Madison County. Parenting is a difficult and demanding job that is made easier with positive support system. Healthy Families offers family support and education services that begin in the last trimester of the pregnancy or before the baby is one month old.
Case Management Services
Case Management Services for parents and families are available to the Madison County community. To access the services, parents are encouraged to contact the Care Management Coordinator, Tara Bah at 256-327-3765.
Parenting Classes are offered to parents in Madison County using The Nurturing Program for Parents. The six-week long parenting classes begin every two months throughout the year. Interested participants must meet with Case Management Coordinator to sign up for classes. Call Tara Bah at 256-327-3765.
Partnership in Parenting
The Just for Dads Partnership in Parenting program aims to serve fathers and/or any parent living in Madison County, Alabama interested in learning about positive parenting and healthy marriage/relationship and co-parenting skills.
The Parent Library is open to parents and professionals who work with parents and children. It features books, DVDs and videos covering a wide variety of parenting topics. The Parent Library is located in the NCAC’s Community Services Building, 210 Pratt Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801. Call Tara Bah at 256-327-3765 to schedule a time to visit the library.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for Adults
Stewards of Children® Training is for every adult who cares about the safety of children. Child sexual abuse happens in our homes, neighborhoods, churches, schools, youth sports and online. It can happen to a child you care about – even your own child.
Not sure what you can do?
Start by asking questions.
- What’s going on in our community?
- Are there policies and programs in place to protect children in sports, church, or other groups?
- What are the organizations in our local community that focus on the safety of children?
- What resources are available in our community for parents of infants, pre-schoolers, school age children, and teens?
- What programs or services does our community offer to help parents who may be struggling?
- What current laws apply to child safety in our community?
The NCAC is working to be a voice for children. You also have a role to play in preventing child abuse. Start by educating yourself with the information on our website.