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March 2008Vol. 9, No. 2Get an Early Start on National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In preparation for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Children's Bureau has released Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community: 2008 Resource Packet in both electronic and print formats. The packet, which is an update and enhancement of the 2007 packet, emphasizes five key protective factors for service providers to focus on when working with families to prevent child abuse and neglect:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents

The packet offers guidance for service providers in exploring these protective factors with parents, and it includes tipsheets in both English and Spanish to share with parents. Additional chapters address ways to engage the community to help strengthen families and information to help community members understand and report child abuse and neglect.

The packet was developed by the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and numerous national organizations and stakeholders, including parents.

To view or order the packet or download individual tipsheets, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

Single copies of the packet can be ordered on the website. Service providers and other professionals interested in receiving up to 100 packets for their organization may contact Child Welfare Information Gateway Customer Services at 800.394.3366 or