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August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Children's Bureau Launches Prevention-Focused Video Series

Building Community, Building Hope is a new video series that is part of a multiyear endeavor by the Children's Bureau to promote solutions for preventing child maltreatment. The series aims to encourage and emphasize community involvement and the formation of partnerships to support prevention efforts. An accompanying discussion guide outlines the series' main messages and provides brief suggestions on how professionals can utilize the videos.

The first video, "Building Community, Building Hope," represents phase I of this project. Stories narrated in the film highlight three specific programs recommended by the Children's Bureau: Iowa's Partners United for Supportive Housing, Oregon's Fostering Hope Initiative, and California's Magnolia Place Community Initiative. The mission of these programs is aligned with that of the Building Community, Building Hope video series: the prevention of child maltreatment through engagement with families and communities. Each program discusses its respective participation to achieve and sustain community safety as it relates to child maltreatment and family engagement.

Phase II of the project will see the Children's Bureau include additional films that continue to focus on prevention of child maltreatment. To view "Building Community, Building Hope" and access the guide, visit the website for the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center, a service of the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, at

The video is also accessible on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at

April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The theme for the 2016 initiative also focused on "Building Community, Building Hope." For more resources to help build your community and increase hope for families, including the 2016 Prevention Resource Guide, visit the Prevention Month website throughout the year at