The Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect...
...is comprised of Los Angeles County City, State and Federal Agencies, as well as community organizations, and individuals from the private sector. ICAN's mission is to coordinate the development of services for the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect throughout Los Angeles County.
ICAN is an agency of Los Angeles County.
ICAN was established in 1977 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the official county agency to coordinate the development of services for the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
The mandate for much of ICAN's work comes from the ICAN Policy Committee, which includes thirty-two County, City, State and Federal agency heads as well as UCLA, five private sector individuals appointed by the Board of Supervisors and the Children's Planning Council. The Policy Committee is chaired by Los Angeles County Sheriff, Lee Baca.
ICAN's work is conducted through the ICAN Operations Committee, which includes designated child abuse specialists from each member agency. ICAN has numerous standing and ad hoc committees comprised of both public and private sector professionals with expertise in child abuse.
These committees address a host of critical issues such as: review of child fatalities, including child and adolescent suicides; children and families exposed to family violence; development of systems designed to promote better communication and collaboration among agencies; prenatally substance affected infants; pregnant and parenting adolescents; abducted children; and grief and loss issues for children in foster care and siblings of children who are victims of fatal child abuse.
ICAN also produces three annual reports, The ICAN Child Death Review Team Report, the Safely Surrendered Baby Report, and The State of Child Abuse and Neglect in Los Angeles County. In addition, thirteen community based inter-disciplinary child abuse councils interface with ICAN and provide valuable information and community based efforts regarding child abuse related issues.
...improves the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through special projects, advocacy, education and awareness by providing support to the work of the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) and professionals and agencies who work with children and their families.
ICAN Associates is a private, non-profit corporation that works in partnership with ICAN.
ICAN Associates' Board of Directors consists of business, media and community leaders. This organization addresses the important issues identified by ICAN through the provision of services and materials, including the sponsorship and coordination of media campaigns, community educational forums and projects, special events, newsletters and funding.
Further, ICAN Associates provides support for direct and indirect services to prevent child abuse and enables integration and collaboration among child service agencies.. The ICAN Associates Board oversees events such as the Student Poster Art Contest and the Maclaren Foster Children's Holiday Party, and participates in other functions including the Los Angeles Marathon and the Red Cross Leadership Camp.
The National Center on Child Fatailty Review (NCFR)...
...strives to develop and promote a nationwide system of Child Fatality Review Teams to improve the health, safety and well being of children and reduce preventable child fatalities and severe injuries.
NCFR is a program of ICAN and ICAN Associates.
NCFR’s Mission is accomplished through the establishment, support and expansion of a national network of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary, local, regional and state Child Fatality Review Teams.
Child death review began in Los Angeles County with the work of Michael Durfee M.D. In 1978, the LA County Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) formed the first Child Death Review Team. Today, there are over 900 child death review teams and numerous specialized death review teams, such as Youth and Adolescent Suicide Review, Domestic Violence Death Review and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Review throughout the United States .
As a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information and resources related to child deaths, NCFR is dedicated to providing training and technical assistance to child death review teams throughout the world. As a centralized agent, NCFR enables local, state, regional, and national entities to communicate and learn from one another about programs and activities aimed at decreasing preventable child injuries and fatalities.
ICAN Associates, Inc. is proud to sponsor this web site, dedicated exclusively to the mission of the National Center on Child Fatality Review.
For more Information, see the History of NCFR.