Communities and neighborhoods play an important role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children by strengthening families. This section provides information and strategies to help communities support children and families through coordination of services. Resources include State and local examples.
National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care
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Don't Stop Collaborating: Just Stop Creating New Collaboratives (PDF - 391 KB)
The Forum for Youth Investment
Offers States and communities seven ways to help reduce the inefficiency and burden of having disconnected collaborations.
Promise Neighborhoods Institute
Provides communities with the information they need to build strong systems of family and community support to improve educational and developmental outcomes for children and youth.
Speak Up Be Safe: The Role of Community-Based Organizations in Protecting Children (PDF - 91 KB)
Provides recommendations and strategies to be used by community-based organizations to support the child abuse prevention efforts of schools and to reinforce the messages of the Speak Up Be Safe program in the community.
What Are We Learning About Protecting Children in the Community?: An Inter-Agency Review of the Evidence on Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms in Humanitarian and Development Settings (PDF - 687 KB)
Save the Children Fund
Reviews, analyzes, and summarizes the available global evidence on community-based child protection groups to identify the minimum preconditions that are required in order to make a community-based approach to child protection successful, sustainable, and scalable.
Community Relations Plan of Action
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services (2007)
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Outlines responsibilities, action steps, and timelines for the operations of the Alaska Office of Children's Services regarding the retention of staff, manageable workloads, enhancing community relations, and efforts to improve coordination and communication within the agency and community.
Partners for Our Children
Describes a Washington State initiative to promote collaboration within the State child welfare community to improve the child welfare system. Its four integrated strategies are to conduct research and policy analysis, promote innovative and evidence-based practices, support workforce excellence, and build awareness through communications.
Partnerships for Families: Stories and Lessons From Los Angeles Communities (PDF - 2,898 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.