U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect; Child Welfare Information Gateway; FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention; Center for the Study of Social Policy–Strengthening Families – 2011
A comprehensive resource guide for community-based child abuse prevention professionals on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. Discusses the concept of parent/caregiver protective factors in preventing child abuse, as well as the importance of evidence-based family strengthening programs. Describes the five protective factors in detail (nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, and concrete supports for parents). Provides practical tips on engaging a variety of community partners. Includes talking points, press releases, and public service announcements in English and Spanish. Provides an overview of child abuse and neglect, as well as a list of child abuse prevention resources. Also includes a series of tip sheets for parents and caregivers in both English and Spanish, and a bilingual strengthening families activity calendar.