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Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community: 2008 Resource Packet
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention |
|Year Published: 2008|
Letter from the Associate Commissioner
Nurturing and effective parenting are critical to children's development, health, and lifelong well-being. All children need parents who can identify, meet, and advocate for their needs. While all parents want to do their best, they cannot always do it alone. By recognizing and building upon existing strengths within the family and community, we can partner with parents and caregivers as they work to strengthen their families and provide a safe, loving environment for their children.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention created this resource packet to support a wide range of service providers who work with parents, other caregivers, and their children with the common goal of promoting healthy families. This packet is targeted specifically for service providers, so that they can more effectively promote healthy families.
Research has demonstrated that five important factors can help families protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect. This packet supports strategies to develop and enhance these five factors:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
The packet also contains resources to promote community awareness of these protective factors, for use during Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year. These resources were developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to promoting healthy families.
We all can play a part in creating safe homes and communities for children. Thank you for all that you do to protect children and strengthen families.
Christine M. Calpin
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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