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March 2009Vol. 10, No. 2New Prevention Resources Available

In anticipation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Children's Bureau has released Strengthening Families and Communities: 2009 Resource Guide. The Resource Guide is designed to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect partnered with Child Welfare Information Gateway and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention to develop the Resource Guide, with input from numerous national organizations and Federal partners. It highlights strategies that can strengthen families by promoting key protective factors shown to prevent child abuse and neglect. It also offers strategies and sample materials to promote community awareness of these key protective factors, as well as tip sheets in English and Spanish to share with parents.

View or order the Resource Guide on the Information Gateway website:

The Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect section of the Information Gateway website also has been enhanced to offer new and updated resources, including new webpages on:

  • Levers for change (ways to build protective factors)
  • Early childhood programs
  • Home visitation

Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month web section for new graphics and promotional tools to support initiatives that strengthen families and reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.