Kids & Families Resources

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Adoption and Foster Care
Early Childhood Development
Family Safety
Healthy Parenting
Schools and Communities
Youth Development

Adoption and Foster Care  

Adoption.com and Foster Parenting.com
Adoption.com and Foster Parenting.com  are committed to helping as many children as possible find loving, permanent homes.   The organizations also provide critical information at the decision-making moment to women facing crisis pregnancies.  They assist adoptees and birthparents to find birthfamilies, and we help hopeful adoptive parents make adoption dreams come true. We are especially committed to helping special needs children in the U.S. and around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find families.
www.adoption.com  and www.fosterparenting.com

American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law
The ABA Center on Children and the law works to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice, and public policy.
http://www.abanet.org/child/home2.html

Casey Family Services
For over 25 years, Casey Family Services has assisted vulnerable children and families. Today, programs operate throughout New England and in Baltimore, Maryland. Casey Family Services is a fully licensed and accredited non-profit child welfare agency providing a broad range of programs to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children and families. Founded in 1976 solely as a source for long-term foster care, Casey Family Services today offers foster care for children, as well as post-adoption, preservation and reunification services for families. In addition, Casey has established a number of specialized and innovative community-based programs to help strengthen families and enable parents to provide the healthy, nurturing environments their children need to grow and thrive.
http://www.caseyfamilyservices.org/

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.childwelfare.gov

Child Welfare League of America
The Child Welfare League of America is an association of more than 900 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.
http://signup.cwla.org/cwla/splash/

Early Childhood Development

Afterschool.gov
Afterschool.gov offers one-stop access to government resources that support after school programs. The site is designed for anyone who cares about kids 6-18-providers, parents, and kids and teens. You can find information to help you understand the issues that face kids and teens or fund, start and operate an after school program. You don’t need to know which Federal agency has the information you need– afterschool.gov searched the sites for the information requested most often and put it in easy to use categories. Research studies, news and publications are added as they are released to keep you up to date on what is happening in the field of after school programs
www.afterschool.gov

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
www.aap.org/

Headstart Bureau
Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. They are child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.
www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/hsb/

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.  Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with more than 100,000 members, a national network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
www.naeyc.org

National Association for Family Child Care
The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations. This assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC’s Family Child Care Accreditation.
www.nafcc.org

National Child Care Information Center
The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.
www.nccic.org

National Parent Information Network (NPIN)
The National Parent Information Network (NPIN) provides information to parents and those who work with them. Among the materials available are relevant articles, a question answering service, descriptions of innovative programs, and "Parent News," an electronic report on timely issues related to parenting and child development.
www.edutopia.org/php/orgs.php?id=ORG_304763

Parents Action for Children
Parents’ Action for Children is the voice of America’s parents. It is a national non-profit dedicated to advancing the interests of families and young children. Parents’ Action develops parent education materials, connects parents with one another, and fights for issues such as early education, health care, and high quality and affordable child care.The online center for information about early childhood development and resources for parents and caregivers.
www.parentsaction.org

Parent Leadership Development Project
The Parent Leadership Development Project (PLD) provides leadership training and support to parents of young children with disabilities (birth to five years). At the same time, the project responds to parents’ continuing need for information about local, state and national resources that exist to support families of young children with disabilities.
www.fpg.unc.edu/~pld/

Family Safety

American Academy of Pediatrics Car Safety Seats  Transportation Safety Web Site
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children and adolescents ages 1 to 21. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has information on topics ranging from care safety seats to school buses to teen driving.
www.aap.org/healthtopics/carseatsafety.cfm

The American Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguished itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
www.redcross.org

Child Welfare League of America
The Child Welfare League of America is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. It is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth and their families; and protecting every child from harm.
www.cwla.org

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, located in Madison, Wisconsin, offers a 24-hour crisis line, a 25-bed safe house for women and their children, legal advocacy, support groups, information and referrals. DAIS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
www.abuseintervention.org

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide: Emergencies and First Aid
The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide Web site offers information on basic lifesaving techniques including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, cardiopulmary resuscitation (CPR), medical identification tags, what families should have in a first-aid kit and more.
www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/firstaid/firstaid.shtml

Lambda GLBT Community Services
LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation and non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.
www.lambda.org

National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit tax-exempt organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.   NCPC publishes books, kits of camera-ready program materials, posters, and informational and policy reports on a variety of crime prevention and community-building subjects.   NCPC manages the McGruff “Take A Bite Out of Crime” public service advertising campaign.
www.ncpc.org

National Latino Alliance
The mission of the National Latino Alliance is to promote understanding, sustain dialogue, and generate solutions that move toward the elimination of domestic violence affecting Latino communities, with an understanding of the sacredness of all relations and communities.
www.dvalianza.org

National Tribal Justice Resource Center
The National Tribal Justice Resource Center is the largest and most comprehensive site dedicated to tribal justice systems, personnel and tribal law. The Resource Center is the central national clearinghouse of information for Native American and Alaska Native tribal courts, providing both technical assistance and resources for the development and enhancement of tribal justice system personnel. Programs and services developed by the Resource Center are offered to all tribal justice system personnel — whether working with formalized tribal courts or with tradition-based tribal dispute resolution forums.
www.tribalresourcecenter.org

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
This organization provides resources for professionals, parents and youth working to prevent violence committed by and against young people.
http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/index.asp

Office on Women's Health, Violence Against Women
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the US Department of Health and Human Services. OWH coordinates the efforts of all the HHS agencies and office involved in women’s health. OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
http://www.4woman.gov/violence/index.cfm

Parents Anonymous ® Inc.
Parents Anonymous ® Inc. is the the nation’s oldest child abuse prevention organization, dedicated to strengthening families and building caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children.   Parents Anonymous  leads a dynamic international network of 267 accredited organizations and local affiliates that implement quality Parents Anonymous Programs for adults and children.   Parents Anonymous provides training and technical assistance, develops publications and conducts research on meaningful Parent and Shared Leadership, systems reform and effective community-based strategies to strengthen families.

Parents Anonymous ® Inc. also operates the National Parent Helpline ®.   This toll-free service (1-855-4A PARENT/ 1-855-427-2736) and website (www.nationalparenthelpline.org) seeks to strengthen families by helping parents and building protective factors.  Helpline Advocates are available Monday-Friday from 10 AM -7 PM Pacific Standard Time, providing emotional support and referrals in English and Spanish to parents, caregivers and organizations.  Visit us on the web at www.nationalparenthelpline.org for online parenting resources and a bulletin board to share parenting  experiences, create caring communities and help others.  You can also find us on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/NationalParentHelpline; Twitter- http://twitter.com/parenthelpline, & YouTube- http://www.youtube.com/parenthelpline. Please help us spread the word! Contact: Jodi Doane,  jdoane@parentsanonymous.org for more information.
http://www.parentsanonymous.org/paIndex1.htm

Safety House
The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center designed the Safety House Web site to assist parents, grandparents, and young children in recognizing the hazards that can occur within the home. The majority of poisonings and other unintentional injuries can be prevent by following a few simple steps to make the child’s surroundings safe for them at each level of development.
www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/safety-house/

StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov
StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention — including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth-will find a wealth of valuable information here.
www.stopalcoholabuse.gov  

Healthy Parenting

Covering Kids & Families
Covering Kids & Families (CKF) works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled.   The organization operates through statewide projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia and more than 140 local community projects. In addition,  five states have CKF liaison grants that provide opportunities to participate in the national CKF initiative.
http://coveringkidsandfamilies.org

Family Education.com
FamilyEducation.com provides parents parents with school solutions, homework help, parenting tips, and expert advice.
www.familyeducation.com

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, now in its 10th year, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home.html

National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well being. The National Youth Advocacy Coalition takes a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of LGBTQ youth and operates through a social justice framework.
http://www.nyacyouth.org/

Parents Anonymous
Parents Anonymous Inc. is the the nation’s oldest child abuse prevention organization, dedicated to strengthening families and building caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children.   Parents Anonymous  leads a dynamic international network of 267 accredited organizations and local affiliates that implement quality Parents Anonymous Programs for adults and children.   Parents Anonymous provides training and technical assistance, develops publications and conducts research on meaningful Parent and Shared Leadership, systems reform and effective community-based strategies to strengthen families.
http://www.parentsanonymous.org/paIndex1.htm

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
http://www.pflag.org/

Partnership for Parents
The Partnership for Parents is a Web-based support network for parents of children with serious illnesses.   The organization’s Web site is designed to be a haven where parents can feel the solace of kindred spirits while finding the information they need to cope with their situation and navigate their difficult journey.
www.partnershipforparents.org

SAMHSA Family Guide
SAMHSA.gov is a public education Web site, developed to support the efforts of parents and other caring adults to promote mental health and prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs among 7- to 18-year-olds.
http://family.samhsa.gov/

Schools and Communities

Gay, Lesbian and  Straight, Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.   GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
www.glsen.org

National Association of Social Workers’ One Teen at a Time Campaign
The National Association of Social Workers’ Web-based public education campaign includes resources and tools to assist professionals, parents and teens in achieving healthy and positive outcomes. The campaign focuses on building the social and emotional skills adolescents need, as well as offering information about diversity and tolerance. The campaign includes information and resources on adolescent health; practical tools for professionals, families and teens; and fun features, such as downloadable posters, bookmarks and stickers.
http://www.socialworkers.org/practice/oneTeen/default.asp

Youth Development

Afterschool.gov
This Web site offers one-stop access to government resources that support after school programs. The site is designed for anyone who cares about kids 6-18-providers, parents, and kids and teens. You can find information to help you understand the issues that face kids and teens or fund, start and operate an after school program.
www.Afterschool.gov

American Youth Policy Forum
The American Youth Policy Forum provides full text reports on community and youth development policy.
American Youth Policy Forum

  

  

The Building Partnerships for Youth
The Building Partnerships for Youth Web site includes a database of youth development programs.
Building Partnerships for Youth

  

  

  

Centers for Disease Control Healthy Schools, Healthy Youth Program
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) promotes a Healthy Schools, Health Youth! Program that provides resources to enhance healthy behaviors among adolescents.  
Healthy Youth Program

  Gay, Lesbian and  Straight, Education Network (GLSEN)
GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for ALL students.   GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
www.glsen.org

Kids Count
Kids Count,  a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, Kids Count  seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.
www.aecf.org/kidscount/

Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) provides information on health services for children and adolescents. This federal agency also posts national statistics on its Web site.
Maternal and Child Bureau Program

National Association of Social Workers’  One Teen at a Time Campaign
NASW's One Teen at a Time Campaign provides downloadable fact sheets for parents, teachers and school social workers on bullying, self-esteem, diversity and more. The campaign is part of the national Partnership in Program Planning for Adolescent Health (PIPPAH) Program.

  Parents Anonymous
Parents Anonymous Inc. is the the nation’s oldest child abuse prevention organization, dedicated to strengthening families and building caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children.   Parents Anonymous  leads a dynamic international network of 267 accredited organizations and local affiliates that implement quality Parents Anonymous Programs for adults and children.   Parents Anonymous provides training and technical assistance, develops publications and conducts research on meaningful Parent and Shared Leadership, systems reform and effective community-based strategies to strengthen families.
http://www.parentsanonymous.org/paIndex1.htm

Search Institute
The Search Institute promotes “40 developmental assets” which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.  
Search Institute

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