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April 2006Vol. 7, No. 3April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Communities can help parents reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect by providing a broad array of family supports, according to this year's theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month: Safe Children and Healthy Families Are a Shared Responsibility.

To help communities and families prevent child abuse and neglect, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, and its National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information updated their resource packet of prevention materials. The packet includes factsheets in English and Spanish on a variety of topics:

  • How organizations can build on strengths and share the message of family support
  • How individuals can build healthy families, including tips for being a nurturing parent
  • The scope and impact of child abuse and neglect

The prevention packet also includes a poster in Spanish and English, as well as a variety of materials that can be used for media events and community awareness activities.

The packet was developed in partnership with 28 national organizations, including Prevent Child Abuse America and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. It is available on the Prevention website: (Editor's note: Link no longer active)

A toolkit for evaluating child abuse prevention programs is a new resource available through this Prevention webpage. Developed by the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs, the toolkit helps users evaluate outcomes in order to improve services for children and families.

Included in the toolkit is the Logic Model Builder, which provides guidance in developing a logic model so that indicators of success, as well as appropriate evaluation instruments, can be identified. (Editor's note: Link no longer active)