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April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2How Do You Define Prevention?

"Prevention is kind of an abstract idea if you don't put a human face on it," says Teresa Rafael, vice president of Parents Anonymous, Inc, a panelist at the National Prevention Conference for Federally Funded Prevention Programs sponsored by the Children's Bureau in March. She offers the following key principles for "operationalizing" prevention.

  • Prevention is universal and holistic. ("Prevention helps families meet their needs and realize their dreams.")
  • Prevention is self-directed. (Prevention "offers families opportunities with community supports.")
  • Prevention is always parent driven. ("That's not just a good idea-that's the law in CAPTA.")
  • Prevention is always strength-based. ("Families don't come defined by their problems.")
  • Prevention is collaborative. ("Child abuse prevention is broader than child welfare. We don't own the issue.")

Contact Rafael at
Parents Anonymous, Inc.
675 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 220
Claremont, CA 91711
PHONE: (909) 621-6184
FAX: (909) 625-6304