ICAN Reports


Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss

Nexus: Violence Within the Home and its Effects on Children

Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium

Foster Children's Holiday Celebration


ICAN Associates

National Center on Child Fatality Review (NCFR)

Safe Sleep for Baby

Grief Website

Student Poster Art Contest

ICAN Hospital Network

Our Partners

Los Angeles County District Attorney


Our Mission

ICAN's mission is to improve the lives of children and families at risk and those served by the Child Welfare and Protection systems. This is done through inter-disciplinary collaboration, program development, accountability and advocacy.

ICAN's work falls into one or more of the following categories:

  • Child Safety and Protection
  • Child Welfare and Well-being
  • Multi-Agency Collaboration and Information Sharing
  • Professional and Community Symposia and Conferences
What is ICAN?

ICAN, in conjunction with ICAN Associates, a non-profit 501(c)3, accomplishes this work through Committees, Sponsored Events and Annual Reports. ICAN brings together representatives from various government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) to share information, build relationships and identify issues. By doing so, ICAN facilitates problem solving and the development of solutions to improve services to families and children in Los Angeles County. ICAN has also influenced state, national and international program and policy changes that impact the safety and well-being of children and families.

ICAN Associates is a private non-profit corporation of volunteer, business and community members who raise funds and public awareness for programs and issues identified by ICAN. In 1996, ICAN was designated as the National Center for Child Fatality Review (NCFR). ICAN has also received national recognition as a model for inter-agency coordination for the protection of children.

ICAN is housed at Maclaren Children’s Center in El Monte, CA.

In The Spotlight

16th Annual Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss Call for Papers is open for registration!

Recovering Your Sacredness by Jerry Tello

Building on culturally-based teachings through the use of traditional stories and personal reflections, Jerry Tello shares the “medicine” and steps to detox from, and break the cycles of painful, generational patterns, and harmful relationships; guiding the reader through a journey to recover one's sacredness.Recovering Your Sacredness re-introduces values and codes of human conduct that are found in virtually every cultural tradition and spiritual school of thought. Tello lifts up these central tenets in an instructive framework which can be applied today, in order for us to heal, restore, and strengthen. Begin a journey to embrace the ancient traditions and medicine that we all carry and can be nurtured to honor the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of who we are through discovering, uncovering, and Recovering Your Sacredness.

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Father Gregory Boyle

In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgive­ness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.

The Mommie Dearest Collection: Two Memoirs of Survival by Cristina Crawford*

Mommie Dearest: An unprecedented memoir of child abuse, Mommie Dearest also chipped away at the façade of Christina Crawford’s alcoholic abuser: her adoptive mother, movie star Joan Crawford. What transpired between a seemingly fortunate child of Hollywood and a controlling and desperate woman was an escalating nightmare and, for Christina, a fierce struggle for independence. This ebook features an exclusive new preface by the author, plus rare photographs from her personal collection and a revealing one hundred pages of material not found in the original manuscript.

Survivor: Mommie Dearest cast a spotlight on the unspoken horrors of family violence, but the years following its publication tested Christina Crawford’s resilience in unexpected ways: a backlash intended to shame her, a film adaptation that compounded the trauma, alcoholism, divorce, and a stroke that left her paralyzed. Staying true to her fighting spirit, the author made a remarkable comeback. Survivor is more than a memoir of triumph over tragedy. For anyone who has suffered challenging despair, it is a spiritual roadmap to recovery, finding peace, and celebrating a fulfilling life.

*Christina Crawford was the founding president of ICAN Associates.

Newly Released Publications

Christina Crawford on life after Mommie Dearest: 'My Mother Should Have Been In Jail'

Pope To Convene Summit on Sex Abuse Prevention

Lawsuits Blame Social Workers In Abuse Cases

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

LADA 'No Hitter' Child Abuse Prevention Campaign Features PSA

DCFS failed to help parents who accidentally suffocated baby

Dallas mom arrested after being accused of making her child sick

Where have we seen this behavior before? By Paul Mones Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults

Safety Advocates Applaud Bipartisan Support for Technology to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Trauma appraisals, emotion regulation difficulties, and self-compassion predict posttraumatic stress symptoms following childhood abuse

Unpacking the impact of adverse childhood experiences on adult mental health

Los Angeles Times: It's OK to sleep next to your infant child. It's even beneficial. + Bad Advice on bed-sharing, which is risky indeed