Web Resources

Websites and resources maintained by organizations outside of the Alliance

Strengthening families to prevent child maltreatment is a complex undertaking and necessitates the involvement and collaboration of numerous organizations and entities.

There are several web resources available that list a variety of model programs or best practices for serving children and families. These sites are not affiliated with nor endorsed by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. They are listed here for informational purposes only.

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National Organizations

ACF, within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following: families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity; strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children; partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries; services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access; and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.

ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center is a web site devoted to issues regarding the provision of respite (temporary relief) to caregivers and families who are caring for people with disabilities or other special needs such as chronic or terminal illnesses, or who are at risk of abuse and neglect, through a variety of means including Federal Legislation.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Blueprints have evolved into a large scale prevention initiative both identifying model programs and providing training and technical assistance to help sites choose and implement a set of demonstrated effective programs with a high degree of integrity.

The Center for Community Partnerships in Child Welfare works with jurisdictions across the country to improve the response to protecting society's most vulnerable children. The Center provides funding and technical assistance to help communities keep children safe from abuse and neglect and strengthen families. This work engages the public child protection agency, human services providers, local organizations, the faith community, and neighborhood leaders. The promise of community partnership is that children will be safer, families will be healthier, and communities will be stronger. The motto is, "Keeping Children Safe is Everybody's Business." A community partnership approach to child abuse prevention requires a significant shift in ownership so that everyone in a neighborhood believes they have a role in keeping children safe and supporting families. The partnership harnesses the creative talents of neighborhood leaders, human services providers, the faith community and local organizations to work with the public child protection agency to enhance safety and well-being for all families.

The Center strives to help states and localities implement creative and effective strategies that strengthen disadvantaged communities and families and ensure that children grow up healthy, safe, successful in school, and ready for productive adulthood. The Center is an important resource for materials related to preventing child abuse by working with early childhood settings.

CDC utilizes a public health approach to address child maltreatment. This approach has four steps: define the problem, identify risk and protective factors, develop and test prevention strategies and assure widespread adoption of prevention principles and strategies.Much of the CDC’s work to prevent child abuse andneglect takes place through their National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. They are funding numerous prevention strategies throughout the country.

The Child Abuse Prevention Network operates as a collaborative among its 1000 members and partners. They provide access to over 1,500 professionals in research and related field through various electronic mailing lists, including the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child-Abuse-L for professionals in the field, SIGCA-MD-L for physician and those involved in the clinical issues, HUSITA-L list for human services information technology applications, and SBSpro for the particular issue of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The child welfare league of america is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit membership-based child welfare organization. They are committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families and protecting every child from harm. CWLA develops and promotes policies and programs to protect America's children and strengthen families.

The goal of the Children's Defense Fund is to "Leave No Child Behind" and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF has worked toward, and made great progress in, reducing the numbers of neglected, sick, uneducated, and poor children in the United States. CDF's research, public education campaigns, budget and policy advocacy and coalition building have contributed to millions of children gaining immunizations, health care, child care, Head Start, a right to education, adoptions, a chance to escape poverty, and protections in our child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.

Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides access to timely, practical resources that help child welfare, adoption, and related professionals protect children and strengthen families. Information Gateway covers a wide range of child welfare topics, including child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care, domestic and intercountry adoption, and much more.

Circle of Parents is a national network of parent leaders and state and regional organizations committed to self-help parent support and parent leadership as means to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

The FRIENDS National Resource Center, a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a partnership of 6 organizations that work together to provide training and technical assistance to state lead agencies for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) programs.  CBCAP, authorized by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, provides Federal funds to a Lead Agency designated by the Governor in every State to support community-based child abuse prevention programs and activities.

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds initiates and engages in national efforts that assist state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds in strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. This includes promoting and supporting a system of services, laws, practices, and attitudes that supports families by enabling them to provide their children with a safe, healthy, and nurturing childhood. Members of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds are catalysts for the development of community-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs in their states. They are also incubators for innovative new programs and services related to strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect.

NBCDI is a nonprofit organization that has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in early health and education; health, elementary and secondary education, child welfare, and parenting. Through hands-on service and community-outreach programs, NBCDI initiates positive change for the health, welfare, and educational needs of all African American children. 

Information, resources, hot lines, and links to other professional organizations can be found here.

The National Exchange Club Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities through its national prevention of child abuse program. The Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers who utilize the parent aide program and provide support to parents at risk. This site contains a definition of child abuse in its various forms as well as many different programs, resources and parent aides to help prevent child abuse.

The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information, and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.

NICWA helps to deliver quality child welfare services throughout the country to American Indian tribes by addressing the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grass roots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

Parents Anonymous® Inc. is the nation’s oldest child abuse prevention organization that focuses on parent leadership and mutual support to strengthen families and build caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children. They lead a dynamic national network of organizations that provide weekly, free of charge, community based Parents Anonymous® Groups and Children’s Programs. They are national leaders in helping individuals, organizations and systems achieve meaningful Shared Leadership by building partnerships between parents and professionals. Their Shared Leadership in Action Program is based on research into leadership practices and strategies that promote the development and growth of leadership in parents.

This site contains a definition of Prevention, different types of prevention activities, major prevention program models, and who provides these services to children and families.

Prevent Child Abuse America has been a national leader since 1972 in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with chapters in 39 states and the District of Columbia, they provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. This site contains materials for child abuse prevention, parenting tips, press releases, state chapters, opinion polls and other publications.

The Promising Practices Network highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth and families. One of the programs highlighted as a proven program on the website is the Nurse Family Partnership which provides home visits by registered nurses to first time mothers, beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday.

substance abuse and other high risk behaviors

Two websites that provide information on substance abuse and other high risk behaviors are SAMHSA Model Programs and CSAP. Given the strong linkages between child abuse and neglect and substance abuse, prevention of substance abuse may be viewed as a strategy for preventing child abuse.

  • SAMHSA serves as a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in learning more about model programs that prevented or reduced substance abuse.
  • CSAP offers a variety of resources in substance abuse prevention. 

International Organizations

The Bell Canada Child Welfare Research Unit was established in 1998 to conduct and disseminate child welfare research and to provide training for graduate students and child welfare professionals.