National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect

Formed in 1988, the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) serves as a repository for high-quality datasets relevant to the study and prevention of child maltreatment.

NDACAN’s primary goals are to facilitate the secondary analysis of research data relevant to the study of child abuse and neglect and to support the research of child maltreatment scholars. NDACAN activities include acquiring, preserving, and disseminating child maltreatment data, providing technical assistance to data users, and conducting workshops and institutes on the secondary analysis of its datasets. NDACAN is funded by the Children’s Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

NDACAN houses a range of different types of datasets from national surveys, large-scale longitudinal surveys, state administrative data, and data collected by individual investigators.

NDACAN’s holdings include, but are not limited to:

  • Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
  • Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN)
  • National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)
  • National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
  • National Surveys on Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW)

NDACAN staff and participants at the Summer Research Institute

A particiant at the NDACAN Summer Research Institute