Child Maltreatment Prevention

Children and youth who have experienced abuse or neglect may experience short- and long-term negative effects on their health and well-being. Subsequent removal from their homes and placement into foster care can be traumatic and further exacerbate these negative effects. To prevent child maltreatment, effective programs are needed to build families’ protective factors and address risk factors. In our work to help meet this need, Child Trends’ child welfare team: (1) evaluates an array of child maltreatment prevention programs to build the evidence base, (2) provides evaluation technical assistance for communities as they collaborate to prevent child maltreatment, (3) explores how states fund prevention services, and (4) supports states implementing prevention services under the Family First Prevention Services Act.
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