Prevention

The current child welfare system is rooted in investigation as a response to children who already may have experienced abuse or neglect. In this construct, safety is defined as keeping children safe from further maltreatment after they experience harm. However, brain science and research show that intervening after a serious trauma has occurred is much less effective than preventing the initial trauma altogether. By addressing the needs of families before there is a crisis, children can avoid the trauma of abuse or neglect and potential placement into foster care.

A 21st century child welfare system invests in population-based prevention strategies for families that are most at risk of becoming involved with child welfare. These strategies would increase the protective factors of parents, including building social networks, increasing knowledge of child development, and offering concrete supports in times of need.

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How can we better engage fathers in prevention?

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What are some examples of evidence-informed practices to keep children safe and promote permanency?

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How have agencies moved from evidence to action?

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Please explore the related resources below and at Questions from the field to learn more about child abuse prevention.

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This issue brief explores how crisis nurseries can support parents during a crisis and prevent abuse and neglect to children.

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Striving to keep children safe at home, Circles of Support combines evidence-informed interventions within a culturally relevant context.

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Mobile Response and Stabilization Services provides immediate support to stabilize children in crisis and keep them safe at home.

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Dr. Deborah Daro, senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, outlines the goals of a public health approach to child welfare.

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Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

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Barbara Andrade DuBransky, director of Family Supports at First 5 LA, describes the county’s constellation of home visiting programs.

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This webinar shares key elements of FFPSA and approaches from two states in reducing reliance on congregate care and advancing prevention.

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This issue brief explores how crisis nurseries can support parents during a crisis and prevent abuse and neglect to children.

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Striving to keep children safe at home, Circles of Support combines evidence-informed interventions within a culturally relevant context.

READ STORY

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services provides immediate support to stabilize children in crisis and keep them safe at home.

READ STORY

Dr. Deborah Daro, senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, outlines the goals of a public health approach to child welfare.

READ STORY

Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

READ STORY

Barbara Andrade DuBransky, director of Family Supports at First 5 LA, describes the county’s constellation of home visiting programs.

READ STORY

This webinar shares key elements of FFPSA and approaches from two states in reducing reliance on congregate care and advancing prevention.

READ STORY

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