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Working With the Community and Supporting Families

Collaborative handshake Working with the Community and supporting families should be addressed by the collaborative. Community roles in child welfare reform and in substance abuse have been shown to be great resources with the ability to mobilize community members and community-based organizations. These community based organizations and support systems have served as a “front line” of child protective services that functions as child and substance abuse prevention as well as providing on-going supports after “formal” services have ended.


  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to health care.
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
    Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation
    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard and Lucile Salter Packard. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation; Population; Science; Children, Families, and Communities; Arts; and Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy.

Additional Websites

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
    A coalition of more than 4,300 community organizations across the U.S. This web site offers a plethora of resources to help communities combat substance abuse.
  • Join Together
    A national resource for communities fighting substance abuse. This web site contains a wide-range of substance abuse-related materials including funding, prevention, policy, and criminal justice issues.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)
    An international fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc. (Al-Anon/Alateen)
    A support program that helps families and friends (adults and youths) of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.)
    An International community based organization of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other recover from the disease of addiction.
  • Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
    One of the leading children's advocacy organizations focusing on poor, minority, and disabled children. Many of their publications and reports highlight the substantial influence of substance abuse on children and families. This site contains publications, news and reports, links and information pertaining to their numerous campaigns and projects.
  • Family Support America
    Promotes family support as a nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families and places the principles of family support practice at the heart of every setting in which children and families are present.
  • PACER Center
    Expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

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