• April 2007
  • Vol. 8, No. 3

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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The theme of this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month, "Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community," encourages service providers and concerned citizens to support parents and caregivers as they work to strengthen their families and provide safe, loving homes and communities for their children.

A new free resource, Promoting Healthy Families in Your Community: 2007 Resource Packet, was created to support service providers who work with parents, other caregivers, and their children, with the common goal of promoting healthy families. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and numerous national organizations and parents, the Resource Packet highlights strategies that can strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. The packet includes resources in English and Spanish for workers to share with parents as well as strategies to boost community awareness of the key protective factors.

To view or order the packet or corresponding poster, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/res_packet_2007 (no longer available)

In conjunction with the release of the Resource Packet, the Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website has been redesigned to provide more information to support service providers and the community in their efforts to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The website includes new and updated information on a variety of topics, including:

  • Enhancing protective factors
  • Parenting resources
  • Evaluating prevention programs
  • Funding for child abuse and neglect prevention
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Find more information on these topics on the website:

www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/

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