Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

There has been an increased focus on prevention of child maltreatment and preventable foster care placement. This focus is particularly important for families affected by substance use disorders and who are involved with child welfare services. Evidence-based, family-centered services can strengthen parenting capacities and help improve the safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children and families. These prevention services include community-based programs that engage children and families before they become involved in the child welfare, as well as intensive in-home and family-based services that support families who are involved in child welfare but are able to keep their children safely in their homes. Collaboration between agencies and systems who serve families affected by substance use disorders and involved in child welfare services is critically important to achieve prevention goals and provide positive outcomes for the children and families served.

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    • Prevention Resource Guide(PDF 12 MB)

      Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2021

      Prevention Resource Guide was designed for community-based service providers, policymakers, health-care providers, program administrators, teachers, childcare providers, parent leaders, mentors, and clergy to raising awareness about emerging child abuse prevention concepts. This guide provides a protective factor framework, site examples, government policies, and other resources for communities who support child abuse prevention work to help children and families thrive.

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