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The vision of a world in which violent punishment of children is universally condemned and prohibited is now within our grasp... We must not keep children waiting.

Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro

Our Mission

We envision a country where children are loved, valued, respected -- and never hit.

We are committed to ending all hitting of children and youth in all places including schools and homes. By joining, you are indicating your support for this cause. You become a lifetime ambassador for the organization and the movement. You do not need to rejoin the organization each year, though we will gladly accept new donations! We will keep you informed through periodic (quarterly is our plan) newsletters.

The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children was founded in 2011 to bring together individuals and organizations who want to see an end to this antiquated and dangerous form of discipline. In the 2018, the organization joined forces with the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Collectively, we are working toward the goal of ending all hitting of children.

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   defends the right of children to be free from all forms of violence, especially in their home

   encourages adults to defend a child's right to equal protection under the law from assault

   encourages community leaders to end the practice of corporal punishment

Recent Events

  • The Alliance, Stop Spanking, and LivesInTheBalance hosted a conference to help end Corporal Punishment in Schools called "Discipline that Works," including a keynote from NYT Best Seller author and speaker, Tina Payne Bryson where over 200 teachers and principals attended.
  • The Alliance, Stop Spanking, and ParentingBeyondPunishment hosted the online 
    5th Annual NoSpankChallenge with more than1,000 participants!
  • The Alliance, Stop Spanking, and Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, and 15 other Portland-based government and health organizations sponsored the first ever Portland NoSpankChallenge!

Did you know?

  • Paddling in schools is still allowed in 19 states in the United States.
  • A majority of parents in the U.S. still believe spanking is necessary for discipline.
  • More than 1,500 research studies have examined the topic and almost all have found the punishment is related to problems. The relations between physical punishment and problems has been replicated many times, with thousands of parents and children, from many backgrounds, in many countries.
  • More than a dozen problems have been linked to physical punishment. These include child behavior and mental health problems, relationship difficulties with parents, violence, and health problems later in life.
  • The single greatest cause of child physical abuse is parental use of physical punishment.
  • An alternative approach to discipline is available, called “positive parenting” or “positive discipline.”
  • A total of 63 countries have banned all physical punishment of children, as of April 1, 2022.
  • With appropriate information and resources, parents can eliminate use of the punishment.

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