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.
Bottom-up Approaches to Strengthening Child Protection Systems: Placing Children, Families, and Communities at the Center
Child Abuse & Neglect, 43
Examines a community-driven, bottom-up approach that enables collaboration and alignment, greater use of services, internally-driven social change, and higher levels of community ownership of child protection systems.
Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments: A Supplement to CDC's Essentials for Childhood: Steps to Create Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments (PDF - 6,605 KB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014)
Describes how communities can help protect vulnerable children by ensuring neighborhoods are safe, nurturing places for children. The booklet also includes information on developing a vision, engaging the community, analyzing barriers to adoption, raising awareness, partnering with others, and more.
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.
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York
Ensures children in New York are healthy, housed, educated, and safe. The program works to educate and mobilize New Yorkers to make the city a better place for kids.
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (2017)
Works to protect children in Maine based on the premise that keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. The community partnership includes communities and neighborhoods and is made up of residents, community partners, schools, social service agencies, mental health and substance treatment centers, law enforcement, faith communities, and others.
A Journalist’s Guide to Reporting on Child Abuse (PDF - 272 KB)
Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services (2019)
Guides media professionals on how to responsibly cover child abuse and neglect cases, including the appropriate language to use to minimize harm to victims. The guide concludes with additional State and national resources on child maltreatment and journalism.
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.