Build a More Robust Repertoire of Prevention Strategies
One of the Child Well-being Program’s core strategies is to build a more comprehensive array of available services aimed at preventing child maltreatment that meets the unique needs of low-income, vulnerable children and families. Delivery of these services must be culturally, geographically and locally relevant. The Child Well-being Program therefore supports organizations that have deep roots in their communities, are trusted by residents, and partner with multiple sectors (e.g., health, education, criminal justice and housing agencies) to coordinate services for vulnerable children and families at the neighborhood level. Each grantee is supported to:
- Invest in improving the local environment (e.g., clean and safe housing, community gardens, safe places to socialize and play).
- Use administrative and/or independently collected and validated data for informed decision-making and to assess impact on child, family and/or community well-being.
- Coordinate services that work with families in a particular neighborhood.
- Bring additional resources to the neighborhood that are relevant to their local context and empower residents to use them.
- Increase resident engagement, foster social connectedness among community members, and build a sense of belonging within neighborhoods where residents live.
These coordinated, neighborhood-level efforts are often referred to as “place-based approaches” and aim to support parents and caregivers in their efforts to make families and communities more engaged, connected and resilient. The Child Well-being Program supports these efforts in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
To read more about the program’s strategy to support the nation’s most vulnerable children, please click here for a message from program director for child well-being, Lola Adedokun.
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families interviewed DDCF grantee Magnolia Community Initiative in Los Angeles, Calif., and other organizations whose work has involved parents and communities in partnerships benefiting children in significant ways. You can watch that video below.
The following are examples of organizations and activities that DDCF supports under this strategy:
- Mat-Su Health Foundation
- Working Cities Challenge (fiscal sponsor BlueHub Capital, Inc.)
- Vital Village Network
(Please see DDCF’s Grant Recipients database for more examples.)