Back in November 2010, I wrote a blog post about home visiting and how, as a new mom back in 1995, I could have used the support of someone coming into my home to help me understand my newborn baby and my feelings of being overwhelmed. Since then, I’ve come a long way as a mom in understanding how to parent and where to go for information and support. Just as I’ve come a long way, so has the field of child abuse prevention. The field has better knowledge of what works and the Child Abuse Prevention Fund has contributed to that.
In 2001, the Child Abuse Prevention Fund launched the Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project, a way for us and for programs conducting home visits to know that what they are doing is making an impact on children and families. Home visiting programs that participate in the project are able to show, using good data, that they are helping at-risk families succeed in keeping their children safe, healthy and developing in an age-appropriate way.
The Child Abuse Prevention Fund hasn’t always been able to make good, reliable, data-based claims that the work we support is making a difference. When we have both sides of the success coin, then we are able to tell a compelling and complete story. So if you like data, download this PDF to read about the success we have had measuring indicators that we know help strengthen families and children and keep them free from abuse.
Our work is not done
Only a handful of families in any community have access to home visiting or to an expert educated on child health and development that will come into their home, on a parent’s terms, and work side by side with that parent to help them understand how to keep kids safe from abuse and unintentional injury. Help us to expand our reach and fund more families that can benefit from this service. Help us to keep kids safe in their homes, with their families. Help us prevent child abuse and neglect, not just during April, but all year long. Go to stopchildabusetoday.org and make a donation that will help us to do just that.
The Child Abuse Prevention Fund is a fundraising initiative of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Since 1988, the organization has distributed more than $10 million to support community-based child abuse prevention initiatives throughout Wisconsin.
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