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June 2000Vol. 1, No. 4Legislators Group Focusing on Community-Based Child Protection

State legislators are the targets of a national project to promote community-based child protection.

The National Conference of State Legislatures, with funding from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, is implementing a 2-year project to help State legislators learn about community-based approaches to child protection. The Clark foundation currently is funding Community Partnerships for Child Protection projects in four cities: St. Louis, Missouri; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Louisville, Kentucky; and Jacksonville, Florida.

NCSL's project will include the following activities:

  • Site visits by legislators to each of the McConnell Clark Community Partnership sites
  • Publications on the role of state legislators in community child protection
  • Technical assistance to a limited number of States over the next 2 years
  • A new website focused on community child protection.

Other activities also are planned. To read about the project online, visit (Editor's note: this link is no longer available). To learn more about the site visits, visit

For more information about NCSL's Community Child Protection Project, contact:

Nina Williams-Mbengue
National Conference of State Legislatures
1560 Broadway
Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
Tel.: 303-830-2200
Fax: 303-863-8003