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July 2000Vol. 1, No. 5Counties Receive Grant to Support Child Abuse Prevention

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has received a $300,000 grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation to support child abuse prevention programs in at least 200 counties nationwide.

NACo's research foundation will use the funds to establish and enhance Healthy Families America (HFA) programs, which provide home visiting and other support services to families. HFA was started in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America and currently operates in more than 400 communities across the country.

In collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse America, NACo's research foundation will work to raise awareness among policy makers about the role played by family support programs in preventing child abuse. According to NACo, 1,000 county officials will receive training through the program. Also, approximately 10 State associations of counties will form partnerships with HFA and Prevent Child Abuse America State chapters to develop statewide campaigns against child abuse.

To read NACo's online press release about the grant, visit (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

For more information from NACo, contact:

Liz Galewski
National Association of Counties
Phone: 202-942-4220

For more information about Prevent Child Abuse America, contact:

Prevent Child Abuse America
200 S. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604-2404
Phone: 800-CHILDREN or 312-663-3520
Fax: 312-939-8962