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  • American Library Association
    The Association for Library Service to Children is a network of more than 3,700 children's and youth librarians, children's literature experts, and publishers committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children. The link above, to ALSC's Resources for Children and Families section, provides book and audiovisual lists, useful websites, internet safety tips, and other information geared for children and families.

  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
    APSAC is an interdisciplinary professional organization drawing professionals from the fields of child protective services, education, law, medicine, nursing, mental health, social work, and others in an effort to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response. APSAC provides professional education, promotes research and practice guidelines, educates the public, and ensures that American public policy concerning child maltreatment is well informed and constructive. APSAC provides a quarterly newsletter, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, and a network of state chapters and professional education events.

  • Artists Helping Children
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort to children in hospitals, clinics, and shelters by brightening their environment with murals and other art.

  • Camp to Belong
    Reuniting siblings placed in separate foster homes.

  • The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids
    A national photolisting of children awaiting adoption.

  • Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine
    Since 1978, Exchange has remained the source of support, encouragement, and up-to-date information on the management side of early childhood education. In each bimonthly issue, you can count on finding practical ideas and proven strategies for dealing with the serious challenges administrators face on a daily basis. For the latest information on Employment Opportunities in Early Child Care, please visit Exchange's website.

  • Field Guide to Child Welfare Online
    For more than 10 years, the Field Guide to Child Welfare has been an essential practice resource for child welfare staff, caregivers, and university students. Now, the entire text of the four-volume Field Guide to Child Welfare is available in a searchable web-based format. You can purchase a subscription allowing you unlimited access for as little as $20/year. Subscribers will receive all updates at no additional cost. You can also try it out before subscribing. Click here and follow the "Try it Out" link to request your free five-day trial. Or purchase the print version here.

  • Foster Family-based Treatment Association
    Committed to enhancing the lives of children with families through strengthening family-based organizations, FFTA is an agency-led organization of treatment foster care providers established in 1988 with an initial purpose of defining and refining treatment foster care practices.

  • Help Starts Here
    The National Association of Social Workers presents this website as a resource for professional advice, inspiring stories, even a social worker directory.

  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
    A national effort to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood.

  • Marygrove College
    A liberal arts college in Detroit, Michigan, that has been around for more than 75 years. See their following program areas:
  • National CASA
    The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association speaks for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the juvenile courts. National CASA works with state and local CASA and volunteer guardian ad litem programs to promote and support quality volunteer advocacy to help ensure each child a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

  • National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY)
    Established by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a free information service for communities, organizations, and individuals interested in developing effective strategies for supporting young people and their families, the NCFY website features a free online shopping cart for NCFY publications, information on funding opportunities, an explanation of the Positive Youth Development approach, Ask NCFY (an FAQ section for youth-serving professionals), a calendar of training events, and links to other youth development websites. The site also offers a searchable literature database with abstracts of more than 13,000 publications on youth and family issues.

  • The National Mentoring Partnership
    When you become a mentor, you can change a child's life for the good.

  • National Runaway Safeline
    The National Runaway Safeline works to help keep America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away every year. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through our Home Free program. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about alternatives to running from home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. The 24-hour crisis line has an experienced team member ready to help you now. It's anonymous, confidential, and free.

  • National Youth Development Information Center
    A one-stop website for youth workers with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC is a project of the National Collaboration for Youth/National Assembly.

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Established in 1972, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, NJ, is the largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care in the United States.

  • Teen Central
    What's it like to be a teen today? Who know better than other teens!

  • U.S. Census Bureau -- American Fact Finder
    Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data

  • The Wallace Foundation for Student Achievement
    An independent private foundation that seeks to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities.

  • World Wide Web Resources for Social Workers (WWWRSW)
    A joint project of New York University's School of Social Work and the Division of Social Work and Behavioral Science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, WWWRSW has more than 85,000 links to resources for social work, including full text electronic journals; scientific, technical, and policy reports; more than 2,650 scholarly journals and newsletters; and a range of links to relevant government agencies, educational institutions, and professional organizations.
Regional Information
  • California Safe from the Start
    The California Safe from the Start Project is a comprehensive strategy to bring community leaders from throughout the state together to ensure that California children grow up in safe, healthy environments. The project targets children, birth to age 18, with an emphasis on children birth to age 5, who have been exposed to family, school, or community violence.

  • Our Children's Homestead
    As a foster care and adoption agency in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, we provide stable home environments for children who are at risk.

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