PCANY Timeline and History



In June 1980, more than 100 representatives from child abuse task forces and coalitions, working in counties throughout New York State, met in Albany to establish a statewide advocacy organization. With support and assistance from the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University, and seed funding from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, a steering committee elected at that meeting developed the New York State Federation on Child Abuse and Neglect.


1982 - We become the New York chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, a precursor to Prevent Child Abuse America.


1985 - Four years of advocacy efforts culminate in the establishment of the NYS Children and Family Trust Fund.


1989 - Establish the Prevention Information Resource Center (PIRC) and the Parent Helpline.


1993-1995 - Introduced Healthy Families America home visiting to the state.


2008 - Created the NYS Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) with State agencies through collaborative work resulting from a PREVENT Child Maltreatment Institute.


2013 - Launched Enough Abuse community-based Sexual Abuse Prevention programming.


2015 - Statewide expansion of Pinwheels for Prevention April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Initiative.


2016 - Launch of Protective Factors Initiative and Public Policy Initiatives focused on addressing the community and social issues underlying child maltreatment issues.