Who We AreThe mission of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is to prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky’s children.
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) is the Commonwealth’s only statewide child abuse prevention organization. Established in 1987 when the Kentucky Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse) merged with Parent's Anonymous of Kentucky. PCAK was originally known as the Kentucky Council on Child Abuse; in 1999 the name was changed in order to better identify the agency’s mission to the public. Today, PCAK is recognized as the Kentucky affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America.
How does PCAK work to prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky’s children? Comprehensively, by developing and promoting effective strategies and programs, through community involvement, public education and advocacy. Efforts are centered on recognizing the inherent potential and goodness of children, strengthening families and empowering the community to become involved with the mission.
Since the agency’s beginning, great strides have been achieved. Today, more people are aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, more people are reporting child abuse, more communities are engaged in public awareness efforts and more parents and guardians are changing the ways they talk to and treat their children.
It is the only cure for child abuse. That's why PCAK’s work -- public awareness campaigns, parent education and support programs, professional training and technical assistance, and community-based prevention programs -- are all focused on preventing child abuse and neglect. Please click through the agency website to read more about the programs and services and how you can make a difference in a child’s life.