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The National Exchange Club has worked tirelessly to make communities better places to live since 1911.  Today Exchange Clubs across the country implement projects of community service, Americanism and youth and its great passion for Child Abuse Prevention.  

Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) became the National Project of the National Exchange Club in 1979, a decision of the delegates to the 61st National Exchange Club Convention. 

 The National Exchange Club provides a variety of public awareness materials, designed to help inform and increase awareness of child abuse and how it can be prevented. Such projects are implemented through Exchange Clubs and Exchange CAP Centers across the country.
 
Our most significant and successful method of countering child abuse is by working directly with at-risk parents through our signature program, the Exchange Parent Aide home visitation model. The NEC coordinates a nationwide network of community-based Exchange Child Abuse Prevention Centers that utilize the Exchange Parent Aide program and provide support to families at-risk for abuse. To date, Exchange CAP Centers have helped more than 691,120 families break the cycle of violence, thus creating safer homes for 1,727,800 children. The NEC provides training, accreditation, technical support, guidance in agency development and management, and other supportive services to these sites.
 
The NEC was the winner of a Presidential Award from the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. The NEC is a charter member of The National Child Abuse Coalition and is a Partner in Prevention with the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Each year, the National Exchange Club Foundation supports and engages in a number of activities to heighten awareness of child abuse and its consequences to our society:
 
National Child Abuse Prevention Month – The NEC endorses the month of April each year as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The NEC produces materials for  CAP Centers and Exchange Clubs to use during April, providing public awareness project ideas, public relations information, promotional materials and community involvement suggestions.
 
Public Awareness Campaigns – The NEC believes it is important to educate the public about the serious implications of child abuse and preventable causes of harm to children. Brochures, public service announcements and other materials help Child Abuse Prevention Centers, Exchange Clubs, and the general public become better informed about child abuse and how it can be prevented. The Shaken Baby Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome campaigns focus on prevention. Believe in the Blue, Time-Out Teddy, KidCode, and other programs provide effective tools to help parents navigate challenging situations that can create risk for abuse.
 
 
Disclaimer: The National Exchange Club seeks to prevent child maltreatment by providing informational resources to the public and by coordinating a network of community-based services for parents. We are not authorized to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect or to offer legal advice. If a child is in immediate danger, please call the police. If you suspect child abuse, contact your local Child Protective Services Department.