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Child Protective Services
As the incidence of child abuse and maltreatment continues to rise in this country, many communities and states are looking for new, innovative and cost-effective ways to protect children and families. Child Protective Service agencies are looking to partner with communities to do their work better and more effectively. An early childhood program that reaches out to parents may be the best child abuse and neglect prevention strategy. Because substance abuse and child abuse in a family are closely linked together, Free To Grow must consider partnering with child protective services in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities. Parents, civic organizations, faith-based groups, and public and private agencies, including those that provide services and supports for families and children (substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence services) must be key partners with child welfare agencies in achieving positive outcomes for children.

Partnering with Child Protective Service agencies is one part of an overall strategy of promoting healthy child, family and community development. The resources and strategies compiled in this section include materials that can help you make the most of your collaborative efforts with Child Protective Services. Click below for additional information and resources

Child Protective Services Strategies

Child Abuse
  Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education

Child Welfare
  Community Partnerships for Protecting Children
  Family to Family

  Partnerships with Community Based 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.