Foundations for Success (Poster Session 1)
The Report Card Initiative began in the autumn 2005-2006 academic year to raise awareness of the linkage between family stress, school performance, and increases in child abuse immediately following report card time. This poster session describes the community outreach effort crafted to more fully engage families with school-age children attending 30 metropolitan schools where some students were at a moderate risk for maltreatment with the consequence that conditions might worsen after report card distribution. School administrations were contacted prior to each marking with a three-prong early intervention strategy. The Initiative proved overwhelmingly successful as schools reported a smaller number of incidents of abuse in this academic year.
Carolyn Finney, LCSW-C
The Family Tree
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