Children & Youth
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addressing the myriad of topics in the blue box below. Click on the topic and it will automatically take you to that section of the page, otherwise scroll down. See related pages: Child Protection / Welfare, Child Sexual Abuse / Assault / Violence, Child Support / Custody / Visitation, Girls and Teen Dating Violence.)
ABDUCTED AND MISSING CHILDREN
Child Abduction Prevention Laws, Uniform Law Commission – the Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act provides courts with guidelines to follow during custody disputes and divorce proceedings in order to help them identify families at risk for abduction and prevent the abduction of children.
The Hague Domestic Violence Project – a group of researchers and volunteers working dedicatedly on the issue of international child abduction and domestic violence issues. We have created this online resource for all individuals who may be part of cases involving the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This project is affiliated with University of California Berkeley.
International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children – promotes the safety and well-being of children through activism, policy development and multinational coordination. Their programs and initiatives are uniting the world and providing international solutions to the problems of child abduction and exploitation, Alexandria, VA.
Mothers and Children Seeking Safety in the U.S.: A Study of International Child Abduction Cases Involving Domestic Violence (scroll down) – since the implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, thousands of abused women have faced complex litigation after seeking safety in the United States. Many have been court ordered to return to their children to the country from which they fled and often to their abusive partner's custody. The presenters discussed the findings of an NIJ-funded study focusing on the experiences of women who as victims of domestic violence in another country, come to the U.S. in an effort to protect themselves and their children, and then face international child abduction procedures under the Hague Convention (National Institute of Justice seminar, recorded October 12, 2010).
NamUS (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System), U.S. Department of Justice – a clearinghouse for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. NamUs is a free online system that can be searched by medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officials and the general public to solve these cases. NamUS also provides free DNA testing and other forensic services, such as anthropology and odontology assistance.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®, Alexandria, VA.
Committee for Children – a nonprofit organization, is a leader in social and emotional learning and violence prevention. Our award-winning programs and prevention curricula focus on the topics of youth violence, bullying, child abuse, and personal safety. Each year our programs reach millions of children and educators throughout the world, Seattle, WA.
Connect for Respect ~ Bullying, National PTA® – parents and caring adults can play pivotal roles in creating a healthy school and community climate that is free of bullying. By working together, educators, parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, advocates, and community members can support the implementation of bullying prevention programs, reinforce bullying prevention messages, and advocate for bullying policies to be implemented. This collaboration is critical as bullying happens everywhere that young people gather, including online, via text, and in social networks. PTA® leaders and parents can play an important role in convening community conversations to build awareness of this as an important issue and to take action to stop bullying in your communities, Alexandria, VA.
Humanity Against Local Terrorism ~ H.A.L.T. – a not-for-profit organization, created in order to help people in finding a solution to stop the 'local terrorism" of bullying, abuse and domestic violence within our communities. We designed this website to encourage, aid and support education, prevention and services for the bullied and abused victims throughout each of our communities. We cannot be silent anymore; we have to stand up and say HALT to all forms of bullying, abuse and domestic violence. Together, we can create a voice loud enough to HALT these senseless acts of violence against our children, families and friends. We are the solution, we have the answer, and together we have the power to say HALT, Calgary, AB, CA.
International Bullying Prevention Association – the mission is to support and enhance quality research based bullying prevention principles and practices in order to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship and civic responsibility, Falmouth, MA.
Lesson Plans on Bullying, Bias and Diversity, Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network – Respect! Empathy! Action! Help your students develope the skills to interact in our diverse world! Use the lessons to improvie school climate, build leadership and encourage ally behavior.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center – unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER's bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, Minneapolis, MN. Read Blog.
Stand Up to Bullying – bullying prevention and anti-bullying training are critical in creating an environment conducive to learning. By adopting proven bullying prevention techniques and anti-bullying strategies teachers, staff and bus drivers can all become active participants in bullying prevention. Make a commitment at your school to stop bullying and begin the process of preventing bullying before it begins, Manchester Center, VT.
Stop Bullying, Health Resources and Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Education – provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
You and me can stop bullies! – sexual abuse of children and sibling bullying are hidden crimes. Nobody seems to know. Everyone, especially parents, think sibling bullying is just brothers rough housing, but then such bullying, which begins at home, transfers to schools. It spreads like a disease.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
BE SAFE – a collaborative prevention initiative that focuses on youth and the interconnected issues of mental health, sexual health, substance use, healthy relationships, and sexual violence. BE SAFE is a partnership among: AIDS Action Committee of MA; BAGLY; Boston Area Rape Crisis Center; The City School; Community Advocacy Program of CCHERS; The Dimock Center; Planned Parenthood League of MA; and The Institute for Health and Recovery. The initiative was launched in 2007 by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and is currently being led by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA.
Child Helpline International – is the global network of 173 child helplines in 142 countries (as of October 2012), which together receive over 14 million contacts a year from children and young people in need of care and protection. CHI supports the creation and strengthening of national toll-free child helplines worldwide, and uses of child helpline data and knowledge to highlight gaps in child protection systems and advocate for the rights of children, Amsterdam, NL.
ChildTrends – a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media, Washington, DC.
Child Welfare Information Gateway, Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families, Washington, DC.
Children’s Defense Fund – the mission 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, Washington, DC.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children – support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes, Seattle, WA.
Fighting 4 Youth – the mission is to be the compass that gives direction, empowers, trains, and positively impacts youth and those who serve them. This is accomplished through seminars / workshops for adults, parenting workshops, interactive youth presentations, and sex / relationship workshops for youth. The messages are reinforced through a number of resources we offer consisting of best selling books, powerful pledge cards, and cutting edge posters, San Antonio, TX.
Home Visiting Coalition – a diverse group of organizations committed to the well-being of children, working to promote continued federal support of home visiting to strengthen families in communities across the country.
One Love Foundation – the driving goal is to educate, encourage and develop children and young adults the four qualities that Yeardley exemplified; service, kindness, humility and sportsmanship. The hope is to keep Yeardley's spirit alive in others by promoting strength of character and service throughout all of the Foundation's programs. One Love supports and / or partners with other organizations to further its mission, specifically those that encourage and promote the healthy development and good character of young adults, as well as those working to combat relationship violence, Baltimore, MD.
Project NoSpank – a resource for parents, students, educators, education policymakers, healthcare providers, children's advocates, and all others who are concerned with the safety and well being of children, Alamo, CA.
Project Youth Safety – funded through a cooperative agreement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Project Youth Safety is a comprehensive multimedia, multicultural public awareness initiative promoting child and youth safety at the community level. Project Youth Safety independently focuses on six different child / youth safety issues in six different markets to create issue awareness amongst today's youth.
Search Institute – an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the Institute generates and communicates new knowledge, and brings together community, state and national leaders, Minneapolis, MN.
SparkAction – there's no shortage of important information and stories, and it can be hard to stay on top of what matters and get the full picture. SparkAction's site and e-newsletters are your one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. We gather, synthesize and promote the best information on a range of child and youth issues across the development spectrum, from organizations and leaders across the country, Washington, DC.
Youth.gov – is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.
Youth Engaged 4 Change – the site was created to accomplish the following goals: 1) encourage youth and young adults to shape programs, policies, and services that affect them; 2) promote meaningful partnerships between youth and adults; 3) share federal resources with youth and young adults; and 4) Connect youth and young adults to opportunities funded by the federal government.
Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – seeks to improve the quality of practice provided by professionals who work in child abuse and neglect through: providing professional education that promotes effective, culturally sensitive, and interdisciplinary approaches to identification, intervention, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect; and promoting research and practice guidelines to inform all forms of professional practice in child maltreatment, Elmhurst, IL. See Code of Ethics.
Center for Child Protection – a nationally accredited children's advocacy center, is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, Austin, TX. See 2011 Annual Report.
Child Abuse, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, Washington, DC.
Child Maltreatment is a Public Health Issue, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC Foundation – state heath departments can play a leading role in child maltreatment prevention through programs and services the enhance family resiliency and foster positive child development. With public health infrastructure existing in every state and territory within the United States, the public health system is well positioned to create a prevention system for children and families. We hope the information provided in this site is helpful in supporting your efforts to promote the health and well-being of children, Atlanta, GA.
Childhelp – is a leading national nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp's approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453), operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp's programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children's advocate centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp's programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as "models that work", Scottsdale, AZ.
Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe – this is a newly developed, school-based child abuse prevention education program that focuses on child safety. It is an evolution of Good Touch Bad Touch. Child welfare professionals, researchers and volunteers dedicated to child abuse prevention made up the program development team. In a partnership with Childhelp, a team of researchers at Arizona State University, under the primary authorship of Dr. Judy Krysik, developed the comprehensive, research based, culturally and developmentally appropriate child abuse prevention program.
Hostile Aggressive Parenting – this site is dedicated to the children who are suffering under the hands of HAP parents. We strive to educate the public about this growing problem in hopes of getting help to the HAP parent, and to the suffering kids. HAP parents may not realize they have HAP. It's up to friends, family & the community to educate them and encourage them to seek help.
Invisible Children – brings together individuals and groups to address the complex issues of at-risk children, child abuse, and child protection and their far-reaching effects on our society and economy. We use our influence and authority to initiate collaborative effort from business professionals, public officials, community leaders, and non-profit organizations. Our primary responsibility is to serve as the organizer and administrator (convener) of the collaboration, carrying out the preliminary and follow-up tasks that ensure the process proceeds smoothly. In creating a “platform” for the collaboration, KARA’s tasks include: clarifying the purpose of the collaborative leadership effort; developing a preliminary list of stakeholders and leaders to invite to the table; securing high-level stakeholder buy-in as well as intellectual and financial support; and providing skilled facilitation. This helps to inform and improve the people, programs, and policies that impact at risk children with the goal of breaking the long established cycle of child abuse in our communities.
National Children’s Advocacy Center – a non-profit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to physically and sexually abused children and their families within a child-focused team approach. Since opening in 1985 as the nation’s first Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC has become a leader in the field of prevention and intervention of child maltreatment, Huntsville AL.
National Center for Child Abuse Statistics & Policy – the mission is to reduce violence against children by (1) identifying and promoting legal and policy developments, medical and social welfare research, and technological innovations that protect children from abuse and neglect; and (2) empowering multidisciplinary professionals in the field to improve the existing framework by incorporating innovative new developments, Washington, DC.
National Children’s Alliance – (formerly the National Network of Children's Advocacy Centers) is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to victims of severe child abuse, Washington, DC.
National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence – bringing community organizations, advocates and civil authorities together to prevent domestic violence (spouse / partner abuse), child abuse & elder abuse, Washington, DC.
Prevent Child Abuse America – since 1972, PCA America has led the way 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 our chapters, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. With the help of our state chapters and concerned individuals we're valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities nationwide, Chicago, IL.
Prevent Child Maltreatment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
Stop Abuse Campaign – we are a diverse team of survivors and supporters working together to stop abuse and alleviate its suffering. We hope you will join us. Stopping abuse starts with believing it happens. We can stop abuse. Join the Believers today and working together, we will stop abuse tomorrow, New York, NY.
World Childhood Foundation – the mission is to defend the rights of children and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world. By investing in children and their families today,
we prevent abuse, neglect, and marginalization for years to come. Download Stewards of Children Prevention Toolkit.
ZipRisk Project – TexProtects has analyzed ZIP code level data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Texas Department of State Health Services to develop a comprehensive child abuse and neglect risk assessment and ranking for all Texas zip codes through the use of substantiated child maltreatment, child abuse and neglect related fatalities, teen birth, substance abuse, and child poverty rates. This interactive tool is meant to be a resource to community providers, decision makers, advocates, and the public-at-large to demonstrate the quantifiable need for more targeted investments in child abuse and neglect prevention services in Texas and to bring about more data-driven policies.
TexProtects Launches First Statewide ZipRisk Map to Help Direct Resources in Fight to Prevent and End Child Abuse, May 8, 2016.
Watch video explanation of the ZipRisk project, April 26, 2016.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / CHILDREN EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE
#SmallMoments – the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is promoting safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments (SSNREs) because we believe that is one of the most effective strategies available to all of us for eliminating intimate partner violence. These are the small moments that make a big difference to violence prevention.
Adults who Experienced Domestic Violence in Childhood (AEDVC) Leadership Forum, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence – is comprised of advocates in the movement to end gender based violence who identify as having experienced domestic violence in childhood. The Leadership Forum was established to amplify the voices and experiences of AEDVC to enhance our work to end domestic violence, Harrisburg, PA.
Pledge to make space at the table for children exposed to domestic violence
See Facebook page
Break the Cycle – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end domestic violence by working proactively with youth, Washington, DC.
Changing Minds – great things can happen when society understands the need for change. Changing Minds is about transforming public attitudes about children’s exposure to violence and the corrosive effects of trauma on healthy brain development. New and evolving brain science reveals that a child’s positive and negative experiences can literally shape, and reshape, the brain. One of the most significant predictors of a child’s resiliency in the face of trauma is consistent interaction with a caring and supportive adult. The U.S. Department of Justice, Futures Without Violence, and the Ad Council have developed Changing Minds to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of children’s exposure to violence and the trauma that may result; motivate adults to be more caring, concerned, and supportive figures to the children around them; and support programs and practices that help to make homes, schools, and communities safer for children and youth.
Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center – a counseling, advocacy and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of domestic and community violence and other trauma-related events. The goals of the project include: to identify young children who witness acts of significant violence; to help young children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence by providing developmentally appropriate counseling for them and for their families; and to provide consultation and training to the network of caregivers in the lives of young children in order that they may more effectively identify and respond to children who are exposed to violence, Boston, MA.
Childhood Domestic Violence Association – the first organization to focus solely on helping those impacted by childhood domestic violence reach their full potential. We seek to do this by elevating universal awareness and developing and deploying practical, truly scalable solutions accessible with few barriers to all those who are in need. These tools can lead anyone who grew up living with domestic violence or anyone who cares about, works with, or mentors someone who did, to understand the impact of what they experienced, unlearn the negative beliefs – LIES – learned in that home, and achieve the life always meant for them. The mission is to help those who grow up living with domestic violence reach their full potential, New York, NY.
Childhood Violent Trauma Center – works to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and, to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities and society, New Haven, CT.
Deana’s Educational Theater – preventing bullying, dating / domestic violence and sexual assault by developing and producing high impact programs to promote healthy relationships. Our professional actors are specially trained to lead dynamic discussions following each performance. Deana's Educational Theater now has the Yellow Dress available on DVD, Stoneham, MA.
Honor our Voices – a unique online learning module providing you with the opportunity to see domestic violence through the eyes and voices of children. The purpose of this learning module is to create a multi-pronged response to increase the awareness and sensitivity of shelter advocates and other social service providers to the needs of children and suggest promising ways of enhancing services for children exposed to domestic violence.
National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence – bringing community organizations, advocates and civil authorities together to prevent domestic violence (spouse / partner abuse), child abuse & elder abuse, Washington, DC.
Promising Futures – best practices for serving children, youth and parents experience domestic violence. We hope that you find this a useful resource for helping you transform or enhance your program's ability to effectively meet the needs of women, children and youth experiencing domestic violence. We envisioned this website as an evolving resource for advocates and programs so please share with us all the innovative work and tools you have developed so that we can continue to highlight the work of the field. This website is for you, so please let us know how we can support and advance your practice. Futures Without Violence would like to thank the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for their generous support, San Francisco, CA.
The Resilience Project – provides pediatricians and all medical home teams with the resources they need to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence.
Safe Start Center – a national resource center designed to support the Safe Start Initiative. The Center works with national partners and a multidisciplinary group of experts to provide training and technical assistance to the 15 Promising Approaches Pilot States. The Safe Start Initiative broadens the knowledge of and promotes community investment in evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children's exposure to violence, North Bethesda, MD.
Buckner International – transforms the lives of vulnerable children, enriches the lives of senior adults and builds strong families through Christ-centered values, Dallas, TX.
Child & Adult Care Food Program, Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – CACFP plays a vital role in improving the quality of day care for children and elderly adults by making care more affordable for many low-income families. Through CACFP, 2.9 million children and 86,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of their day care, Washington, DC.
Child Justice – a non-profit that advocates for children's rights when the courts fail to protect them in cases of abuse and family violence. The organization was founded in April 2013 by Eileen King, a child's rights advocate with more than 20 years' experience fighting for abuse victims and survivors. We work with corporate law firms to provide pro bono legal services protecting children "lost in the system" after exposure to family violence, child physical sexual abuse, substance addictions or neglect. We help families locally and nationally, Washington, DC.
Children as Citizens: Engaging Adolescents in Research on Exposure to Violence (scroll down) – since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, great strides have been made in the areas of child protection and advocacy. However, the concept of children, and specifically adolescents, as functional and engaged citizens as emerged. Through the guidance and recognition of adults, children can participate in deliberative democracy as legitimate and competent citizens. This citizenship, like that of adults, can be used to enrich and improve local communities by creating a sense of ownership and fairness. The presentation included research on child participation, child citizenship and their relationship to exposure to violence. The theories and practices guiding this research originated in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and have continued to evolve in different settings around the world (National Institute of Justice seminar originally recorded on January 25, 2011).
Children at Risk – serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy, Houston, TX.
Circle of Security International – a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure, Spokane, WA.
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education – the mission is to meet the needs of the Department's primary customers ~ learners of all ages ~ by effectively implementing two laws that seek to ensure student and parental rights in education: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), Washington, DC.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network – is an organization creating safe schools for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity / expression. Thousands of volunteers participate in a national network comprised of local chapters. These chapters work with local school boards, principals, educations and school librarians to create positive change in hometown schools, New York, NY.
Give RESPECT! – the Campaign is the Futures Without Violence's latest initiative to advance a national movement to promote healthy relationships through positive role modeling and respect education. By individuals everywhere to be part of the solution, the RESPECT! Campaign provides everyday tools and resources to help teach young people about respect in relationships. Through this campaign, the Fund seeks to amplify a national conversation about the critical role that parents, teachers, coaches, and other living breathing role models to young people have to play in helping all of our sons and daughters shape a world that is free of relationship violence, San Francisco, CA.
Heads Up to Parents – developed through a grant to the CDC Foundation, from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, in support of the Heads Up program. Heads Up is a series of educational programs, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that all have a common goal: to help protect people of all ages, especially children and teens, from concussions and other serious brain injuries. Initially, Heads Up materials addressed health care professionals and their important role in diagnosing and managing concussions. More recent Heads Up initiatives focus on sports programs and schools as key places to share messages that will help improve brain injury prevention, recognition, and response among children and teens, Atlanta, GA. Download App.
Home Visiting, Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Ignitus Worldwide – expands upon the mission established by Youth Crime Watch of America in 1979, empowering young people with knowledge, confidence and courage to take control of their own destiny, and shape their own world. Harnessing everything we've learned over three decades, Ingnitus Worldwide unites the global youth community through service learning, character education, substance abuse prevention, peer mentoring (in partnership with Big Brothers & Big Sisters), and the green schools movement. But this is only the beginning. The plan is to constantly evolve and adapt to the needs of each generation, Miami, FL.
Know Violence in Childhood – launched in New Delhi in November 2014, the Initiative was established as a collective response by individuals from multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations and funding agencies concerned about the global impact of violence in childhood and the lack of investment in effective violence prevention strategies.
National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children – comprised of individuals and organizations concerned about children endangered by caregivers who manufacture drugs, deal drugs or use them and by doing so physically or psychologically endanger children, San Diego, CA.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – established to improve access to care, treatment and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
National Resource Center for Youth Services, The University of Oklahoma – has been resourcing the youth
services community for more than twenty-five years, providing training and
technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally, Tulsa, OK.
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education – provide useful and timely information that will enhance your knowledge of elementary and secondary education programs and issues. The mission of the OESE is to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America's children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support, Washington, DC.
Peer Solutions – an Arizona-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to foster healthy communities while working to prevent the underlying causes of harm, including silence/denial, oppression and violence perceived as normal, before they begin. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The mission is to cultivate healthy communities through STAND & SERVE (S&S), a primary prevention initiative fostering safety, equality and respect as norms, Phoenix, AZ.
Positive Parenting Connection – the idea is not to prescribe must do's and can't dos...It's a safe place to discuss, explore, learn and discover positive, family centered, child friendly, peaceful, evidence based ways of parenting and raising children.
Teach through Love – Transforming the Emotional Abuse of CHildren is a children's advocacy organization and educational resource for families, schools and communities to learn about conscious parenting (without punishment), compassionate communication and peaceful conflict resolution, Paoli, PA.
Texas Network of Youth Services – an organization of 60 nonprofit youth service agencies and private individuals who share the common goal of creating better options and improving available services for youth and families in crisis, Austin, TX.
William Gladden Foundation – the mission is to educate kids, parents and professionals about issues that adversely affect families and the outcomes of young people. WGF advances it mission through publishing and research. Since 1982, WGF has published more than 300 youth and family related materials sold to 20,000 schools, agencies and organizations and distributed to 5,000,000 readers, Tallahassee, FL.
Youth Activism Project – aims to prove that MINORS can play a MAJOR ROLE. Our national clearinghouse also provides help and information to parents, mentors, teachers, principals, policy-makers and other adult allies who want to collaborate with youth to achieve positive community change.
Youth Radio – promotes young people's intellectual, creative and professional growth through training and access to media and produces the highest quality original media for local and national outlets, Oakland, CA.
ZERO TO THREE, National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families – a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development. Neuroscientists have documented that our earliest days, weeks and months of life are a period of unparalleled growth when trillions of brain cell connections are made. Research and clinical experience also demonstrate that health and development are directly influenced by the quality of care and experiences a child has with his parents and other adults. That is why at ZERO TO THREE our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, Washington, DC.
Child Trends Hispanic Institute – provides timely and insightful research-based information and guidance to policymakers, practitioners, the media, corporate leaders and private philanthropy who work to improve outcomes for Latino children and youth in the U.S., Bethesda, MD.
ChildStats.gov – the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics Forum is a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The mission is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families, Washington, DC.
The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect – a congressionally mandated, periodic research effort to assess the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. The NIS gathers information from multiple sources to estimate the number of children who are abused or neglected, providing information about the nature and severity of the maltreatment, the characteristics of the children, perpetrators, and families, and the extent of changes in the incidence or distribution of child maltreatment since the time of the last national incidence study. For additional information about the NIS-4, click on the NIS-4 Description and FAQ tabs at the top of the page. Click on the “Access the NIS-4” tab to learn more details, see NIS-4 incidence estimates, download NIS-4 documents, and conduct your own analyses of NIS-4 data online.
KIDS COUNT, The Annie E. Casey Foundation – a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States. The Data Center now includes community-level data in addition to city, state, and national data. Find more than 100 indicators of child well-being, including economic status, health, safety, and risk factors. Create your own maps, graphs, and charts, Baltimore, MD.
Kids Count 2017 Data Book ~ State Trends in Child Well-Being, 2017
Kids Count 2016 Data Book ~ State Trends in Child Well-Being, 2016
Kids Count 2015 Data Book ~ State Trends in Child Well-Being, 2015
Policy Report ~ Kids Count: Creating Opportunity for Families ~ A Two-Generation Approach, 2014
DataFinder, Center for Law and Social Policy – currently includes state and national data on: child care assistance spending and participation; Head Start and Early Head Start participation; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) expenditures; young child demographics; and poverty. The tool also provides community-level statistics on education, demographics and youth violence, Washington, DC.
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book – more and more, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has been turning to high-tech solutions and the Internet to inform the public of new research findings and their implications for the juvenile justice field. The OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book (SBB) enables users to access online information via OJJDP's website to learn more about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Developed for OJJDP by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, SBB provides timely and reliable statistical answers to the most frequently asked questions from policymakers, the media and the general public. In addition, the data analysis and dissemination tools available through SBB gives users quick and easy access to detailed statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including: behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; alcohol and other drug use; tobacco use; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and inadequate physical activity. Analyze and create custom tables and graphs and perform tests on high and middle school YRBS results from 1991 to 2011, by site and health topic, Atlanta, GA.
Youth Violence, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control – provides national and state-specific statistics on youth homicide and non-fatal assault-related injury rates. These data can help public health officials, researchers, practitioners and the public to describe and monitor youth violence trends and to develop and evaluate prevention programs and strategies. Together we can create communities in which youth are safe from violence, Atlanta, GA.
Man Up – a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. Read news release.
Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth through Violence Prevention (UNITY), Prevention Institute – is designed to strengthen and support cities in preventing violence before it occurs and to help sustain these efforts. Young people are severely impacted by violence and those who live in urban areas are disproportionately affected. It is time to consider a new approach. To maximize existing resources and promote sustainability, we are proposing a paradigm shift – from programs to strategy, Oakland, CA.
Violence Is Preventable – a multi-award winning abuse and violence prevention programme for children, young people and vulnerable adults throughout the UK and abroad. It works on three levels: 1) early disclosures –meaning abuse is stopped sooner; 2) staying safe – avoiding violence or abusive situations; and 3) prevention – changing the mindsets of potential abusers of the future, Dundee, Scotland, UK.
Youth ALIVE! – a non-profit public health agency founded in 1991 dedicated to preventing youth violence and generating youth leadership in California communities experiencing high rates of violence, Oakland and Los Angeles, CA.
Academic Centers for Excellence on Youth
Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – connect academic and community resources to study and create lasting ways to prevent youth violence.
Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence – based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center brings together academic institutions, city and state agencies and organizations, community groups, schools, youth groups, and faith organizations to collaborate on both positive youth development and the prevention of violence, Baltimore, MD.
National Safe Place – a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include: libraries, YMCA’s fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities, Louisville, KY.
Striving to Reduce Youth
Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) – a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE's vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE's goals are to: increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented; promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based upon the best available evidence; and provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence.