California Family Resource Association

Child Welfare Resources

Every April, please join us for Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness of child abuse and the critical role that family strengthening organizations play in preventing it. The CAP Month page shows things we can do year-round to help prevent child abuse.

Reports & Evidence Based Models

  1. Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. Find out more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can be prevented.
  2. The Protecting Children From Abuse And Neglect: Trends and Issues report provides an overview of child abuse and neglect in California and the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system that was developed to address it. (2014, Legislative Analysts Office)
  3. The Protective Factors Issue Brief provides an overview of protective factors approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, advocates, and others. (Feb. 2014, Child Welfare Information Gateway.)
  4. CSSP's Working Toward Well-Being: Community Approaches to Toxic Stress (.pdf). This issue brief provides a definition of toxic stress from a community perspective, a framework, practical examples, and recommendations for next steps.

Child Welfare Organizations and Networks

  1. Children Now is a leading, nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health and education in California.
  2. Action Alliance for Children exists to inform, educate, and inspire a statewide constituency of people who work with and on behalf of children by providing the most reliable information on current issues, trends, and public policies that affect children and families.
  3. Safe Kids California is dedicated to keeping kids safe from preventable childhood injury, the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 18.
  4. Prevent Child Abuse America promotes services that improve child well-being in all 50 states and develops programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect.

View CFRA's data resources page for more resources about child welfare.