State and National Links

Georgia Links:

Better Brains for Babies
Better Brains for Babies' website provides families and professionals with current research-based information about the brain, early brain development, and its implications for children in Georgia and throughout the United States. It also provides information about practices that contribute to healthy brain development, and connects you with resources to support brain development in young children.

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families.

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia (CACGA)
CACGA provides direct-service support, skill and assistance for Georgia CACs in their community, as well as outreach and awareness activities. CACGA believes access to strong, local children’s advocacy centers will provide child victims and their non-offending family members with the unique services they need to begin their journey toward hope, justice and healing.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Georgia
Georgia CASA is a non-profit organization which establishes and supports affiliate programs across the state that recruit, screen, train, and supervise a statewide network of CASA volunteers who advocate on behalf of victims of child abuse and neglect in juvenile court hearings, and will help ensure a foster child’s safe passage out of foster care. 

Georgia Association on Young Children
The Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) is a professional association for professionals interested in the healthy development and education of young children ages 0 – 8 in Georgia. GAYC is the Georgia affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Southern Early Childhood Association.

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is a statewide non-profit agency that offers prevention, intervention, and treatment services to children affected by physical and sexual abuse. Their Prevention Initiative involves using Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training program.

Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases
Georgia's Department of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases created this glossary of commonly used abbreviations and acronyms.

Georgia Department of Public Health
Department of Public Health is the lead department entrusted by the people of the state of Georgia with the ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and the entire population. At the state level, DPH is divided into numerous branches, sections, programs and offices, and at the local level, DPH functions via 18 health districts and 159 county health departments.

Georgia Department of Public Health – Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS)
OASIS is a suite of interactive tools used to access the Georgia Department of Public Health's standardized health data repository. OASIS and the Repository are designed, built and maintained by the Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP).

Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Georgia Family Connection Partnership promotes the work of Georgia Family Connection, a strong, unified statewide network—the only one of its kind in the nation that improves local decision-making rooted in community priorities. The collaborative organizations in this network, which branches out into all 159 counties in Georgia, are committed to improving the quality of life in their communities.

Georgia KIDS COUNT, a project of Georgia Family Connection Partnership, compiles current, reliable data on child well-being in each of our state’s 159 counties. Georgia KIDS COUNT provides state agencies and policymakers at all levels with the data they need to inform their decisions about priorities, services, and resources that impact Georgia’s families. 

Get Georgia Reading
Get Georgia Reading is a coalition of parents, caregivers, educators, business leaders, state leaders, local leaders and concerned citizens who have committed to the goal of, by 2020 getting all children in Georgia on a path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade. The Campaign involves a four-part common agenda addressing the major drivers of increased reading proficiency – all areas of which address the birth through third grade population. The common agenda is comprised of the following four strategic pillars: Language Nutrition, Access, Productive Learning Climate, and Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness.  

New FREE text service for parents of 4 & 5 year-olds! Thanks to the Georgia Department of Education and Stanford University, Georgia has it’s very own free text service for parents. Parents, sign up for literacy & math tips and resources – via three simple texts per week – to help get your little one ready for kindergarten. Just text “GAready4K” to 313131 to join and receive tips, facts and resources for pre-k and kindergarten.

Governor’s Office of the Child Advocate
The Georgia Governor’s Office of the Child Advocate acts as a resource for child welfare organizations, policymakers and citizens concerned about foster children and at-risk families. OCA provides research, data, resources and assistance to ensure Georgia’s at-risk and foster children are safe. Following the legislative mandate of providing independent oversight of Georgia’s child welfare system, OCA works to provide case evaluation and assistance, policy and practice consulting, and education and advocacy.  

Great Start Georgia
The mission of Great Start Georgia is to provide wide-ranging support services for families and children to ensure that families have the information and the support they need to provide a great start in life. Administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services – Division of Family and Children Services, Great Start Georgia is an overall effort to ensure that Georgia’s families and communities are able to meet the needs of expectant parents and children birth to age five and their families. In partnership with the Department of Public Health, the system is designed to create a community culture of care, encouragement, and support for all families before and after the birth of a child.

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia
PCA Georgia provides statewide direction to promote healthy children and develop strong families through building a statewide prevention network and increasing public awareness around child abuse and neglect prevention, encouraging the development and implementation of innovative prevention programs using research-based models, conducting and disseminating academic and community-based research, and doing advocacy activities to inform public policy, programs, and practices that strengthen families and protect children.

Strengthening Families Georgia
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) represents a multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, and public and private organizations dedicated to embedding five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families. The Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC), state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), administers SFG and chairs the SFG Leadership Team and Partnership.

Voices for Georgia’s Children
Affiliated with Voices for America’s Children, Voices for Georgia’s Children is a non-profit child policy and advocacy organization that presents a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. In addition to providing information regarding child advocacy and current policy initiatives, Voices also leads several collaborative groups including the Georgia Birth to Five Coalition, the Georgia Children’s Advocacy Network (GA-CAN), and the JUSTGeorgia coalition.

National Links:

Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership
In April 2004, Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership was founded with a vision of reaching every teenager in the country with the abstinence and marriage message. Today, Abstinence and Marriage Education Partnership has a series of five curricula for teenagers and serves pregnancy centers, public and private schools, churches, and community organizations throughout the country.

Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse was created by the California Department of Social Services to aide in their purpose of improving the lives of children and families served within the child welfare system. The Clearinghouse disseminates information regarding evidence-based practices that improve child safety, increase permanency, increase family and community stability, and promote well- being.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC's Injury Center works to prevent the adverse health effects associated with injuries and violence in America." The Injury Center uses the same public health approach to preventing injuries and violence that has been proven to prevent diseases. It is one which recognizes that injuries and violence are preventable. They do not occur at random. This scientific model helps researchers describe the magnitude of the problem and the groups at risk; identify factors that increase or decrease the risk for injury and violence; explore ways to prevent them by designing, implementing and evaluating interventions; and promote the wide spread adoption of effective strategies, programs, policies and practices.

CDC Parent Portal
The CDC's Parent Portal offers a wealth of information from across all of CDC, covering everything from safety at home and the community to immunization schedules and developmental milestones.

CDC: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

CDC: Essentials for Childhood Framework

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities
A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. They can help improve the health and well-being of communities.

Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence: A Strategic Vision for Connecting the Dots
This document communicates CDC’s priorities related to violence prevention for the next 5 years. CDC will use this document to prioritize their portfolio of work to better address the connections among the different forms of violence, shape future funding initiatives, and guide their collaborative efforts with partners across the country.

Center for Relationship Education 
The Center for Relationship Education inspires and trains people to live, love, and lead well. The Center for Relationship Education accomplishes this mission by creating curriculum and offering trainings, workshops, and direct services by skilled facilitators and speakers.

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)
Using data, extensive community experience and a focus on results, CSSP promotes public policies that strengthen families and protect and lift children from poverty; mobilizes a national network to promote optimal development of young children and to prevent child abuse; helps child welfare and other public human services systems improve their work and achieve race equity for children and families in their care; provides tools and resources so community leaders, schools and other health and human service agencies can help parents secure jobs and achieve economic stability and ensure that young children are healthy and succeed in school; empowers community residents to be effective consumers of public and private services, securing better goods and services for themselves and their neighborhoods.

New Practice Tools for Child Welfare from CSSP
These tools were developed by CSSP with partners in child welfare systems that were shifting to a protective factors approach. The tools are designed to help child welfare workers use a protective factors lens at important points in a child welfare case. In addition, a guide for coaching to a protective factors approach helps supervisors reinforce the approach and support workers’ efforts to shift their practice.

Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. Their website offers a number of valuable resources for parents and guardians concerned about child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources for Working With Hispanic Families
Of the 402,378 children in foster care in the United States on September 30, 2014, 22 percent (90,299) were Hispanic. Recognizing the importance of cultural competence in working with diverse populations in child welfare, the Child Welfare Information Center offers a range of resources to support your work with Spanish-speaking families and community members. The website includes research on policy and programs relevant to working with Hispanic families, including state and local examples, and selected publications on child abuse and neglect, prevention, adoption, and more are available in Spanish. General Spanish resources are available here. To view factsheets for families and other publications in Spanish, including a complete A to Z list of the titles offered, visit here.

Choosing the Best
Our Mission Is To: Educate teens on the health advantages of delayed sexual activity and empower them to make the healthiest choices, in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STDs, improving life outcomes for teens and their families.

What We Provide: Choosing the Best provides five age-appropriate curricula that are known for being easy to use, dynamic, and engaging. Video vignettes, real-life case studies, role plays, interactive exercises and small-group discussions create a directed learning environment that encourages “self-discovery”.

Connect with Kids
Connect with Kids provides a community for parents and educators to obtain resources on how to connect with children and talk about important issues. Connect with Kids also creates videos on issues affecting your children.

Darkness to Light 
Raises awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.

Find Youth Info was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth.

FRIENDS - National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
The National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children's Bureau. Their mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and support families. They are involved in activities that work with the community and families to prevent child abuse and neglect such as: public awareness campaigns, parent support groups and home visiting programs.

FRIENDS Online Learning Center
The FRIENDS Online Learning Center is a resource designed to meet the demands of providing high quality, subject specific training free of charge for CBCAP State Lead Agencies and their grantees and others.  The Online Learning Center is designed to offer accessible continuing education and professional development opportunities that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All previous courses are also available and all courses are free to anyone who enrolls. 

Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America (HFA), a program of Prevent Child Abuse America, is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model that works to promote child well-being through home visits and community engagement. HFA is designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

The Incredible Years
The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence.

KIDS COUNT data system 
A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.

KidSafety of America
KidSafety of America’s mission is to bring health and safety resources to those who work with children and families-parents, caregivers, educators, health and social practitioners that enhance the health, safety, and wellbeing of children.

Medical Institute for Sexual Health
Medical Institute is dedicated to aligning and disseminating scientific data that promotes optimal health and wellness.

National Alliance for Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) is a membership organization that provides training, technical assistance and peer consulting opportunities to state Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and strengthens their efforts to prevent child abuse

National Abstinence Education Association
The NAEA exists to serve, support and represent individuals and organizations in the practice of abstinence education.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
We work with policymakers, the news media, state and local leaders, and other influential sectors to underscore the scope of the teen and unplanned pregnancy problem and the very strong connection between preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy and improving overall child and family wellbeing.

National Fatherhood Initiative
The National Fatherhood Initiative's mission is to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

National Fatherhood Leadership Group (NFLG)
The National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG) is a coalition of national and community-based fatherhood organizations. Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of two involved parents in the lives of children and to strengthen the capacity of the responsible fatherhood field.

National Parent Helpline
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It's not always easy.
Call the National Parent Helpline to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. Call: 1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)

Nurturing Parenting Programs
The Nurturing Parenting Programs are published by Family Development Resources, Inc. (FDR) which is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina and has been promoting non-violent parenting practices since 1983. These programs are evidence based programs recognized by SAMHSA and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

One Tough Job
The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund created One Tough Job to support parents by providing them with current, reliable, and practical information on a variety of parenting topics related to raising children from infancy through adolescence.

On Point
On Point partners with schools and communities to cultivate the strengths in youth and guide them on their path to thrive. On Point works by providing young people with the knowledge and on-going support they need to avoid risky behaviors and equips them with the skills they need to thrive.

Parents as Teachers
The mission of Parents as Teachers is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America has been leading the way in has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. See the Georgia affiliate, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia for more information on child abuse prevention in our state.

Promising Practices Network
The Promising Practices Network (PPN) website is a unique resource that offers credible, research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families. In addition to providing information on Programs that work. PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security

Promoting Safe and Stable Families 
The vision of Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF): Every child will be secure from abuse and neglect, and will become a healthy, literate, productive, economically self-sustaining citizen within a nurturing, caring, permanent home environment.

Second Step
The Second Step program is a universal, classroom-based curriculum designed to promote children’s social and academic success by decreasing problem behaviors, increasing students’ school success, and promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. The curriculum aims to reduce impulsive and aggressive behaviors and increase protective factors and social-emotional competence. Organized by grade level, the program teaches children empathy, problem-solving skills, risk assessment, decision-making, and goal-setting skills.

Triple P
The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. 

Zero to Three
Zero to Three's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Babies on the Homefront 
ZERO TO THREE has developed a great new resource, Babies on the Homefront. This free app for smart-phones, available in both English and Spanish on iTunes and the Google Play store, is designed especially for military and veteran families as they navigate the many transitions that are part of serving, including deployment and reintegration, moving, and transitioning back to civilian life.