The future prosperity of any community depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. When a community invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and social responsibility. All children deserve an equal opportunity to experience healthy growth and development. When child abuse and neglect interferes with that opportunity, we put our future at risk.
Child welfare professionals are working at full capacity to protect our nation’s children. But, it is clear that the problem is too great and too important to be delegated entirely to these valiant workers. American Humane Association believes that everyone should become more aware of and involved in helping protect children and support families to prevent abuse and neglect before it occurs.
Our prevention initiative is called the Front Porch Project®. It is a national, research-supported, community-based initiative built upon the belief that all people who are concerned about the safety and well-being of children in their communities need to be encouraged and taught to make a difference. Learn more about the Front Porch Project and how to bring it to your community.
Learn more about what we've done to focus efforts on preventing child abuse and neglect from our success story featured on the University of North Carolina's PREVENT (Preventing Violence through Education, Networking and Technical Assistance) website.
Devereux Kids and American Humane Association staff wrote an issue brief to reflect on their decade-long partnership of successful implementation of the Front Porch Project®.
This paper, from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, addresses child welfare practice that responds to the urgent needs of the youngest and most vulnerable group of children in the system.