For information please call:
1(800) CHILDREN (VT) | (802) 229-5724




For the past 40 years, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAVT) has been working to protect the health and happiness of children in our community. Our board members, volunteers, and staff strive to prevent child abuse by supporting healthy relationships between children and the people who care for them. Programs like Circle of Parents™, The Nurturing Parenting Program®, The Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program, and The Sexual Abuse Free Environment for Teens Program™ (SAFE-T™) have helped Vermont see a 43% decrease in cases of substantiated abuse since 1990.

Vermont has become a national model for child abuse prevention, but there is still much work to be done. Over 800 Vermont children are abused or neglected each year. We need to unite as a statewide community to ensure a safe, nurturing environment for every child growing up in Vermont.

The 2017 WALKS and RUN FOR CHILDREN  provides us with an opportunity to alert Vermonters to the need for a community commitment to child abuse prevention. Sponsors like McDonald’s and National Life have stepped up to help PCAVT send the important message that there is something that everyone can do to help. You don’t have to be a parent to care for the future of Vermont’s children. Every dollar you help raise in the 2017 WALKS and RUN FOR CHILDREN helps support and inform the many Vermonters who are parents, guardians, teachers, and child care professionals. As a united, educated, and supported community, we can better prevent the physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment, and neglect of our children.

Vermont individuals, families, businesses, and organizations will step out to prevent child abuse in Montpelier, Burlington, and Rutland. We invite you to join us, to show your support and to further the mission. Together we will prevent child abuse, step by step by step. Food, snacks, water and tee shirts will be available for all WALKERS.

There will be a special guest in Montpelier, the amazing Spider-Man, who has a long history of being a proponent of child abuse prevention. Come and see Spidey, and for pledges of $100 or more, get your picture taken with him. a raffle willbe held with great prizes! Team prizes will be handed out at each WALK. The registration is open at 8:00 and the WALKS and RUN start at 10:00.

This year's WALKS are as follows:

Montpelier, at the Statehouse on August 19th

Also in Montpelier, a 5K RUN

Burlington, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society Church on September 16th

Rutland, at the Howe Center on September 16th


Big or small, long or short, each WALK FOR CHILDREN makes a difference – and this September you can lead your own. Gather your family and friends, neighbors and co-workers, school teachers and pediatricians, and host a WALK FOR CHILDREN in your neighborhood.

PCAVT provides a toolkit, technical assistance and support to WALK FOR CHILDREN Leaders every step of the way.

To become a WALK FOR CHILDREN Leader, call 1-800-CHILDREN or email today. We’ll help you begin to plan and publicize your WALK, fundraise, and recruit WALKers.

Hundreds of Vermonters will be walking to support child abuse prevention this September.

Join them!

Empower a child. Unite your community. Support healthy and happy families, and insure that all children lead a healthy, safe happy life.


Call 1-800-CHILDREN or email to get started.