The 2012 Resource Guide Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action is now available. The annual resource is a collaboration of Federal partners, national organizations, and parents developed for service providers and others who work to promote healthy families, the well-being of children and prevent child maltreatment. Locally, Missouri’s Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) as the state’s lead agency for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) federal program, provides copies to each of their community prevention grant partners.
The booklet includes valuable information about the six protective factors that help reduce the risk of child maltreatment, strategies for engaging communities to support families and protect children, and ways to promote child well being during April – Child Abuse Prevention Month. Tip sheets for parents and caregivers are included in English and Spanish. The protective factors help lay the foundation for prevention by helping parents build resiliency and social connections, providing concrete support and resources, and providing parents with knowledge of parenting including the importance of nurturing, attachment and appropriate developmental ages and stages.
Organizations, volunteers, and child advocates are encouraged to use this resource guide in their community throughout the year to promote healthy families and educate others about the cost-saving benefits and positive economic impact of prevention.