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Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the U.S. 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. This website includes descriptions, facts sheets, resources, and links for the entire program it administers in child care (including Head Start), child support, child welfare, and welfare.
This website, which connects the user with federal resources that support children and youth during out-of-school hours, is divided into the following sections: running a program (designed to provide assistance to start a program or keep it running); keeping current (to help users learn what others have done and keep up with the latest news and research); planning activities (to assist with curriculum development in the programs); community links (to help a community builds it own website for its program; and sites for children and teens (a list of websites for children and teens).

Alcohol-Related Injury and Violence
This project, part of the Trauma Foundation,, is designed with three goals: (1) to facilitate information exchange about ARIV; (2) to synthesize what is known about ARIV; and (3) to disseminate that synthesis to those working to reduce ARIV problems. This website furthers these goals by providing a wealth of information from fact sheets, literature reviews, research summaries, stories, and resource listings.

American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)
The American Council for Drug Education is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society. ACDE has an exciting range of educational programs and services to engage teens; address the needs of parents; and provide employers, educators, health professionals, policy makers, and the media with authoritative information on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Users will find facts, tools, tips, links, and model programs.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
This website furthers the Foundation's missionóworking toward better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The Casey Foundation has very powerful research capacities, including KIDS COUNT, an annual "census" of the status our nation's children. KIDS COUNT provides national and state statistics for a range of important indicators, such as child poverty; infant, child, and teen mortality; teen pregnancy; children raised in two-parent households; and children raised by working parents. Resources associated with the Making Connections initiative report on family- and community-strengthening strategies. New information and publications are placed online continually. Users will find information about current grantees; foundation initiatives, including grant-making procedures; and publications related to initiatives, such as public policy, community-based activities, and economic development.

AVANCE Family Support and Education Program is designed to strengthen and support families. Its website offers information about its history, programs, available training, and conferences and research.

Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap is a policy research project designed to reduce youth substance use. The website offers state alcohol, drug, and tobacco research, community alcohol and other drugs research, papers, presentations, and news.

This comprehensive, neighborhood-based, school-centered program is part of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) and is featured on CASA's website. The CASA website offers information about its programs and initiatives, publications related to those programs and initiatives, research, and links. The site also includes program information and articles and research related to CASASTART.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
This website provides access to a database of all federal programs available to state and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Users can search the database to find assistance programs that meet their requirements and for which they are eligible, and they can get help to develop and write grant proposals.

Center for Community Change
The Center helps poor people to improve their communities and change policies and institutions that affect their lives by developing their own strong organizations. The website furthers this mission by providing information, resources, publications, links, and listservs about jobs and economic development, housing and community development, changing policies, and building organizations.

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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.