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National Children’s Advocacy Center

National Children’s Advocacy Center

The National Advocacy Center (NCAC) revolutionized the United States’ response to child sexual abuse.  Since its creation, NCAC has served as a model for the over 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers operating in the United States and in more the 25 countries worldwide.  The NCAC models, promotes, and delivers excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.

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International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective, and empirically-based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs.  Although ISSTD is primarily a professionally-oriented society, ISSTD welcomes both professionals and lay members.  Education is one of ISSTD’s primary goals, which is executed through training programs, conferences, and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.

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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides services, resources and technical assistance to child victims of abduction and sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them. NCMEC provides the most comprehensive resources regarding missing children, child sexual exploitation, child safety and prevention, law enforcement training and victim and family support.

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

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Children’s Bureau

Children’s Bureau

The Children’s Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring systems that prevent child abuse and neglect while ensuring that children who are victims receive treatment and care.  The Children’s Bureau provides funding to states and tribes to help them strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. They provide funding for child abuse and neglect assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities.

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Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Association for Death Education and Counseling is an international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology. Based on quality research, theory and practice, the association provides information, support and resources to its international, multicultural, multidisciplinary membership and to the public.
http://www.adec.org/adec/default.aspx

Academy of Professional Family Mediators

Members of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) provide mediation services to families facing decisions involving separation, divorce or marital dissolution, child custody, parenting, visitation, property division, wills and estates, elder care, spouse support or alimony, child support, family business, pre-nuptial agreements, and many other disputes, conflicts or issues involving the family.  APFM can refer you to a mediator in your area and also provides information about mediation training and dispute resolution employment opportunities. APFM also holds annual and special conferences for mediators and has a wide selection of educational materials, books, videotapes, audio tapes, and professional publications

http://www.apfmnet.org/

American Psychoanalytic Association

The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) is the oldest national psychoanalytic organization in the nation. APsaA, as a professional organization for psychoanalysts, focuses on education, research and membership development. In addition to the national organization, APsaA’s membership includes 32 approved training institutes and 40 affiliate societies throughout the United States. Since its founding, APsaA has been a component of the International Psychoanalytical Association, the largest worldwide psychoanalytic organization.

http://www.apsa.org/

American Association of Pastoral Counselors

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization whose mission is to provide spiritually informed and integrated counseling, collaborative community based services, training, and education in order to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.  AAPC represents and sets professional practice standards for pastoral counselors and pastoral counseling centers.

http://www.aapc.org/

American Coaching Association

The American Coaching Association (ACA) was founded with the goal of making individualized coaching available to everyone who desires it. ACA’s mission is to: link people who want coaching with people who do coaching; acquaint the general public with the concept of coaching; and provide coaches with training, supervision, and a professional community.

http://americoach.org/

American School Counselor Association

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.  ASCA provides professional development, publications, and other resources, research, and advocacy to professional school counselors around the globe.

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/

Association for Addiction Professionals

The Association for Addiction Processionals (NAADAC) represents the professional interests of addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment, and recovery support.

http://www.naadac.org/

National Board for Certified Counselors

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) promotes the field of counseling through certification.  Through their website, professional counselors can apply to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC). An NCC shows colleagues and the public that as a counseling professional, you have voluntarily met national standards for the general practice of counseling. NCCs may also hold specialty certifications: the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). In order to hold a specialty certification, you must also hold the NCC.

http://www.nbcc.org/

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

http://psychiatry.org/

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) seeks to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.  HHS fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.  The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

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Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/section/resources

Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation

Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.

http://www.glaad.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.  CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

http://www.cdc.gov/

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health.  RWJF to identify the most pressing health issues facing America. RWJF believes that good health and health care are essential to the well-being and stability of our society and the vitality of our families and communities. Together with their grantees and collaborators, RWJF strives to bring about meaningful, lasting change with the goal of building a Culture of Health that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come.

http://www.rwjf.org/

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provides grief support after the death of a child.  When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

https://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement is a nonprofit association of concerned volunteers who are experienced and knowledgeable in the tender subject of pet death. They provide support, as well as information through their worldwide clearing house for all information on pet bereavement.

http://www.aplb.org/

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports

who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

http://www.naeyc.org/

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything TED-Ed does supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers. TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.

http://ed.ted.com/

U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

ED is  dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds; collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research; focusing national attention on key educational issues; and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

American Anorexia and Bulimia Association

The American Anorexia and Bulimia Association is a non-profit organization that is supported by concerned members of the public and healthcare professions. AABA provides support, resources and advocacy for individuals with eating disorders and their loved ones.

http://www.aabaphila.org/

National Association for Males with Eating Disorders

The National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED) is the only organization in the United States exclusively dedicated to representing and providing support to males with eating disorders. Historically, boys and men with eating disorders have received inadequate attention, research, support, and intervention. NAMED plays a vital role in filling this gap by offering information and resources about and support to this underrepresented population and their families and by serving as a clearinghouse for treatment providers and researchers.

http://namedinc.org/

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

(AAIDD) promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  AAIDD’s goals are to enhance the capacity of professionals who work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; promote the development of a society that fully includes individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and sustain an effective, responsive, well managed, and responsibly-governed organization.

https://aaidd.org

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The current text of the ADA includes changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.

http://www.ada.gov

 

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds justice-involved youth appropriately accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

http://www.ojjdp.gov

 

Creative Child

Creative Child

Creative Child is an online resource helping parents and caregivers foster creativity in their children.  It provides arts and crafts, music, cooking, and other activities for kids.  It also includes child safety tips for parents, as well as general parenting support and advice.

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Creative with Kids

Creative with Kids

Creative with Kids is an online resource with helpful parenting advice, strategies to help improve parents’ communication with their children, fun and creative activities parents can to do with their children, and parent self-care tips.

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Children’s Safety Network

Children’s Safety Network

The Children’s Safety Network is dedicated to working with state, territorial, and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. The Children Safety Network works with states and territories to infuse knowledge, expertise, and leadership to reduce injury, hospitalization, disability, and death for all children and youth. Their goal is to equip states to strengthen their capacity, utilize data, and implement effective strategies to create injury and violence free environments.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Victim Assistance

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Victim Assistance is committed to ensuring that victims of federal crimes receive the rights they are entitled to and the assistance they need to cope with crime. Treating victims with respect and providing them with assistance benefits victims and helps us build better cases. Our resources include an Office for Victim Assistance at FBI Headquarters and victim specialists nationwide.

https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/victim_assistance

HealthyChildren.org

HealthyChildren.org

HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 64,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.  Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you will  find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) many programs and activities, our policies and guidelines, our publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.​​

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters develops positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.  ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

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CancerCare

CancerCare

CancerCare is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications, and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

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Cancer Hope Network

Cancer Hope Network

The Cancer Hope Network seeks to provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. They provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, they strive to instill hope and to make a difference in an individual’s and family’s fight against cancer.

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Breastcancer.org

Breastcancer.org

Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health and breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives.

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American Childhood Cancer Organization

The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is one of the nation’s largest grassroots organizations at the forefront of the crucial battle against childhood cancer. ACCO is dedicated to improving the lives of children living with childhood cancer or its long-term impacts, and to offering critical advice, support, and assistance to families engaged in this life-altering struggle. ACCO offers essential programs and services designed to address the critical needs that families facing this dreaded diagnosis encounter every day. As a leader in the national fight against childhood cancer, ACCO speaks for the needs of families and survivors, and in doing so, helps shape policy, research, and programs, nationally and internationally, that affect the lives of cancer-stricken families today and tomorrow.

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American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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American Autism Association

American Autism Association

The American Autism Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with autistic children, and increasing awareness of the varied difficulties individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder face. AAA’s mission is to help families through their journey as they raise a child with autism. The organization offers information, support for families, and free-of-cost recreational programs or workshops for families.  In addition, it is not only AAA’s goal to raise autism awareness, but to spread autism acceptance.

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder.  It is an organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. Autism Speaks strives to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society, and works to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

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