Senator Boxer: Preventing Child Abuse   

Wednesday, February 2, 2011  

Dear Friend:

In recent years, more than 900,000 American children annually have been victims of abuse and neglect, and communities across the country are reporting increased incidences of child abuse.  This is a crisis as far as I am concerned.

Parents and families at risk now have a valuable new tool.  On February 1st, the California-based nonprofit organization Parents Anonymous launched a National Parent Helpline designed to help prevent child abuse by providing support, guidance, and access to services for millions of parents and caregivers in need of assistance.  

Trained “Helpline Advocates” will assist callers with a wide range of issues including positive discipline techniques, stress reduction, and personal safety.  The advocates will also provide referrals to community-based programs, shelters, child care, and substance abuse programs.

Yesterday, when Parents Anonymous visited the Capitol, I was proud to meet with them and receive their 2011 Champion of the National Parent Helpline Award [click here for photo].  

As a long-time supporter of this vital project, I am pleased that Parents Anonymous is launching the National Parent Helpline, which will help ensure that a new preventive tool for parents is now available just by dialing 1-855-4-A-PARENT (1-855-427-2736).  For more information, visit


Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer