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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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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New York City’s crisis nursery offers support to stabilize families in crisis with a goal to decrease the risk of child maltreatment.

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Family Resource Centers offer community-based family support to prevent child abuse and neglect. Explore key elements and effectiveness.

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Family Resource Centers offer community-based family support to prevent child abuse and neglect. Review a brief summary of current research.

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This law provides opportunities for states and tribes to better serve children and families by preventing the need for foster care and supporting better outcomes for children in care. Explore these resources to learn more.

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Explore how Children’s Village in New York City is offering community-based prevention services to keep children safe with their families.

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Home visiting programs for new parents offer a universal approach to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Explore Austin’s model.

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Learn how Nebraska’s local, state, and national partners collaborated to enhance the use and availability of community-level data.

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These brief videos describe how family resource centers in San Francisco offer concrete supports to families and build protective factors.

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These brief videos describe the importance of collaboration across sectors to keep children safe and meet community needs.

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This packet provides information about evidence-informed programs that aim to keep children safe and families together.

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This evidence brief explores the tremendous costs of child abuse and neglect and the cost-benefits of investing in prevention programs.

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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

New York City’s crisis nursery offers support to stabilize families in crisis with a goal to decrease the risk of child maltreatment.

READ STORY

Family Resource Centers offer community-based family support to prevent child abuse and neglect. Explore key elements and effectiveness.

READ STORY

Family Resource Centers offer community-based family support to prevent child abuse and neglect. Review a brief summary of current research.

READ STORY

This law provides opportunities for states and tribes to better serve children and families by preventing the need for foster care and supporting better outcomes for children in care. Explore these resources to learn more.

READ STORY

Explore how Children’s Village in New York City is offering community-based prevention services to keep children safe with their families.

READ STORY

Home visiting programs for new parents offer a universal approach to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Explore Austin’s model.

READ STORY

Learn how Nebraska’s local, state, and national partners collaborated to enhance the use and availability of community-level data.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe how family resource centers in San Francisco offer concrete supports to families and build protective factors.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe the importance of collaboration across sectors to keep children safe and meet community needs.

READ STORY

This packet provides information about evidence-informed programs that aim to keep children safe and families together.

READ STORY

This evidence brief explores the tremendous costs of child abuse and neglect and the cost-benefits of investing in prevention programs.

READ STORY
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