The following resources provide information about preventing child maltreatment and promoting healthy child and youth development to support the well-being of children. This page features resources from the Administration for Children and Families; the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; and the Children's Bureau, its grantees, and its Training and Technical Assistance Network.
Child Welfare Information Gateway;Children's Bureau;FRIENDS National Resource Center For Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
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Don't Forget the Families: The Missing Piece in America's Effort to Help All Children Succeed (PDF - 1,560 KB)
Pekel, Roehlkepartain, Syvertsen, & Scales (2015)
Presents the findings of a parenting study on developmental relationships and the contribution to child development and well-being across different types of families and circumstances. The study proposes six shifts that are needed to help recognize and engage families as important partners in nurturing and supporting children.
Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0–8 (PDF - 3,030 KB)
Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children (2016)
Identifies parenting education, approaches, and practices associated with positive developmental outcomes in young children as well as widely used preventive interventions. This report offers recommendations to service providers across disciplines for effective programs and services for families.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities (PDF - 3,700 KB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Presents strategies based upon the best available evidence to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating, equipping, and supporting parents and families as well as evidence on changing social norms and intervening to reduce harm. The technical package reviews the Essential for Childhood framework and discusses social services and public health sectors involvement and strategies for monitoring and evaluating prevention efforts.
Strengthening Families: Protective Factors Framework
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2017)
Characterizes the five protective factors at the foundation of the Strengthening Families initiative that have been shown to increase well-being outcomes for youth and families and to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. This webpage also includes action sheets (PDF -345 KB) for service providers supporting families utilizing the protective factors.