• April 2020
  • Vol. 21, No. 3

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This month's issue of CBX highlights National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the importance of supporting and strengthening families. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, that emphasizes channeling the energy garnered by special initiatives and awareness efforts into actions that strengthen families in ways that enable them to care for their children safely. The issue also provides important guidance from the Children's Bureau regarding the coronavirus pandemic, including messages from Jerry Milner to child welfare and legal and judicial leaders focusing on ensuring the safety and well-being of children during these trying times.

  • Buying a Bracelet Will Not Prevent Child Abuse
    Written by Jerry Milner and David Kelly Designating a day or a month to draw attention to a cause has become a trend over the course of recent years. These days or months can be celebratory or...

  • My Community Cares: A Multitiered, Multidisciplinary, and Neighborhood-Driven Approach to Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
    Written by the Honorable John C. Davidson, 9th Judicial District Court, Alexandria, LA, and Michelle Gros, J.D., special projects coordinator, Pelican Center for Children and Families and...

  • Choose Compassion When Supporting Parents
    Written by Shrounda Selivanoff, social service specialist and birth parent advocate, Washington State Office of Public Defense, Seattle, WA Keeping families together should be of paramount...

  • How Can Civil Legal Aid Help Keep Families Together and Kids Out of Foster Care?
    By Karlee M. Naylon, research associate, and Karen A. Lash, practitioner in residence, American University, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, The Justice in Government Project To...

  • Maintaining Emotional Connectedness While Physically Distant
    Written by Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Prevent Child Abuse AmericaApril showers signal new life, prosperity, and sunshine for the months to come. It is the...

  • The Need for a Prevention Throughline in Family Policy
    Written by Melissa D. Carter, Emory Law School, Barton Child Law and Policy Center Child maltreatment is preventable. Yet, according to the Children's Bureau, an estimated 4.3 million reports of...