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Chapter 1

Approaches to Building Community and Hope

Information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, some established protective factors approaches, and how some State and local agencies are implementing protective factors approaches to create lasting change in how communities support families. (PDF - 228 KB)

Chapter 2

Working With Families Using the Protective-Factors

Detailed information about six protective factors for preventing child maltreatment and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice with families and children. Spanish (PDF - 1017 KB)

Chapter 3

Using Protective Factors as a Framework for Your Community Partnership

Strategies to help build community awareness and support the development of broad-based, meaningful community partnerships. (PDF - 668 KB)

Chapter 4

Protecting Children

Information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, identifying and reporting maltreatment, and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma. (PDF - 189 KB)

Chapter 5

Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers

Strength-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in discussions or visits with caregivers, and calendars of activities to help programs, parents, and community partners celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month. (PDF - 5010 KB)

Chapter 6


Contact information for private and Federal partners working nationally to strengthen families. (PDF - 62 KB)

Authors and Contributors

The guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families, preventing child maltreatment, and promoting children's well-being.