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Communities can serve as powerful partners—in preventing child and abuse and neglect, and in supporting families at the front end of child welfare. Engaging communities to support families expands the available resources for all and fosters a sense of collective responsibility for the well-being of children. Moreover, engaging with communities creates opportunities to address the broader issues that put families at risk.


Digital Dialogues

Making it Add Up: Using a Common Framework to Aggregate Impact Across Prevention Programs
This dialogue highlights the experiences of a successful State Agency-University-Community partnership focused on documenting and evaluating 140+ diverse, community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs across Alabama.

Getting to the Problem Behind the Symptom: A Unique Primary Prevention Collaboration Between Child Welfare and Education
Learn more about how child welfare and education departments in Kentucky are collaborating to prevent child abuse and neglect by focusing on chronic truancy.

Engaging Business and Other Partners in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Approaches
Learn the importance of partnering with the business community in cross-sector networks for preventing early adversity.

New Jersey's Neighborhood Gathering Place
Learn about New Jersey’s experience with Family Success Centers and its implications for family support programs and strategies.

Meaningful Parent Partnerships and What They Can Do for You
Learn how staff can build and sustain authentic relationships with parents as partners in helping to transform systems to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.


Relationships Matter: Strengthening and Supporting Families
How creating a community-based network built on strong relationships can truly transform lives.

Fostering Hope Initiative
"It takes a village" in an old idea, but here in Oregon, it’s tangibly changing community supports for families.

Magnolia Community Initiative
Could 35,000 low income children in Los Angeles break records of success in education, health & economic stability?

Partners United for Supportive Housing
How does it change the game when you provide stable housing to families first, then address their other complex needs?

Building Community, Building Hope
The full-length film profiles three programs engaging communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. Start the conversation in your community about what you can do to support families.

Tools and Tip Sheets

Identifying Developmental Disabilities and Delays in Young Children: The Role of Child Welfare Practitioners and Partners

From the Field: Engaging Business and Other Partners in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Approaches [PDF]