Established in 1875, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) was the first child protection agency in the world. The NYSPCC laid the groundwork and assumed the main role in the protective investigation, removal, and placement of abused and neglected children when no other organization was willing. Since its incorporation 140 years ago, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over 2,000,000 children.
Today, The NYSPCC remains steadfast in assisting high-risk children and families and currently emphasizes programs aimed at the prevention of child maltreatment and the lessening of its harmful effects. The current mission of The NYSPCC is to respond to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal, and educational services. Programs include a mixture of preventive and treatment services.