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October 2018Vol. 19, No. 8Engaging Communities

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD), a service of the Children's Bureau, has a webpage that focuses on engaging communities in preventing child abuse and neglect and supporting families involved in child welfare. The webpage includes a spotlight on publications, practice tools, Digital Dialogs, and descriptions of initiatives highlighting community engagement.

Examples of resources currently featured on the page include the following:

  • "From the Field: Community Approaches to Toxic Stress"—This article summarizes a Digital Dialog with Cailin O'Connor from the Center for the Study of Social Policy. The dialog centered on understanding toxic stress and how it impacts young children as well as the need to move beyond an individual focus to a systemic focus based on environmental and community contexts.
  • "Engaging Business and Other Partners in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Approaches"—This Digital Dialog stresses the importance of partnering with the business community in cross-sector networks for primary prevention.
  • "Fostering Hope Initiative"—This video highlights the Fostering Hope Initiative, a neighborhood-based initiative in central Oregon. Fostering Hope is designed to promote the positive development of children, strengthen families, and build community through neighborhood and community supports and services.

Visit the webpage at to find more resources for community engagement.