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October 2008Vol. 9, No. 8How to Spend $5 Million a Year on Child Abuse Prevention

The Promising Practices Network (PPN) recently asked six professionals knowledgeable about child abuse and neglect prevention to answer the following question: If you had $5 million to spend each year for the next 5 years to prevent child abuse and neglect in the United States, how would you spend it?

The authors of the responses represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives:

  • Linda Baker, Director, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
  • Mary Carrasco, M.D., Director, International and Community Health, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
  • Deborah Daro, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago
  • J. Paige Greene, Executive Director, Richland County CASA, South Carolina
  • Pete Hershberger, Arizona State Representative, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Elba Montalvo, Executive Director, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

Their responses focus on such efforts as community engagement, increased public will, the creation of community response centers, parent education in hospitals and through home visiting, and culturally appropriate services. The PPN webpage also offers readers the opportunity to comment on the authors' views or to submit their own answer to the question.

Full responses are available on the PPN site: