Building community support is a crucial element of any child abuse prevention program. Find resources for involving and equipping individuals, organizations, and leaders to address risk factors and promote healthy families.
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
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Creating Community Responsibility for Child Protection: Possibilities and Challenges
Daro & Dodge (2009)
Future of Children, 19(2)
Examines five community prevention efforts aimed at enhancing formal and informal community support systems and creating cultural standards that foster positive child development. (PDF - 187 KB)
Creating Parenting Rich Communities Initiative
Includes resources on public awareness, education tools for involving the community, and positive parenting tips.
Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization's Capacity: A Community-Building Workbook
Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University (2005)
Helps organizations enhance connections with and invest in community assets and strengthen current and future community-based projects, activities, and proposals.
The Front Porch Project®
American Humane Association
This initiative focuses on developing and sustaining community involvement to protect children.
Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth
An initiative to motivate and equip individuals, organizations, and their leaders to join together in nurturing competent, caring, and responsible children and adolescents.
Home Visiting Community Planning Tool (PDF - 716 KB)
ZERO TO THREE (2011)
Guides communities in creating new or expanding existing home visiting services. The tool helps communities use data to identify their strengths, needs, and gaps in current home visiting services; choose an evidence-based program model; and align work at the local level with State efforts.
Partnering For Prevention (PDF- 2,447 KB)
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter,94
Virginia Department of Social Services & James Madison University Department of Psychology
Examines child maltreatment prevention through the lens of community partners in prevention and specifically explores the role of the media, charitable foundations, and other business partners in financing and promoting prevention efforts. The role of faith-based partners as prevention and intervention partners also is explored.
Partnerships for Families: Stories and Lessons From Los Angeles Communities (PDF - 2970 KB)
First 5 LA (2010)
Describes the Partnerships for Families concept and model and its success in building a comprehensive network of community services and supports for families. The report includes information on developing and maintaining collaboratives, achieving and sustaining improvements among at-risk families, and recommendations for communities, systems, and funders.
Public-Private Partnerships for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
American Humane (2010)
Protecting Children, 25(4)
Focuses on collaborative partnerships between public child welfare agencies and private entities that enable these groups to align their missions and goals, maximize their use of funding streams, and more effectively serve and support the children and families who come of the attention of the public child welfare system.
Putting the Pieces Together: Community Efforts to Support Our Youngest Children 0-8: A Report on the Early Learning Communities Initiative (PDF - 1,167 KB)
Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011)
Highlights examples of how 10 communities are implementing the elements of the Early Learning Communities framework.
Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach (PDF - 210 KB)
Prevention Institute (2009)
Provides the framework for a comprehensive strategy to influence policies and alter organizational practices in order to create safe and supportive communities that strive to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation before it occurs.