Monday, July 19, 2010

An Event: Child Abuse Prevention in Tough Economic Times

The Future of Children, a joint project between Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, will hold an event in partnership with Voices for America’s Children on July 20th, Preventing Child Abuse in an Age of Budget Deficits. The event will discuss the ways that prevention programs are fiscally responsible; leading to reduced spending on a number of social programs. The event will include a panel of experts and practitioners including Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, Rev. Darrell Armstrong from the Institute for Clergy Training, and Richard Barth, Dean of the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work, among others. The panel will discuss both the practices and research that have proven effective in preventing child abuse while leading to decreased spending. The panel will also address ways that prevention services can be expanded even in the current economic climate.

Providing families with the preventative supports and services that they need, and detecting those needs early-on, will better serve families while also saving public dollars by preventing costly measures taken in the future, such as removing a child from their parent’s care. Preserving family relationships and creating budget-friendly policy through prevention efforts should be a win-win option for policymakers in touch economic times.

To attend this event or the accompanying webcast.

For information on supporting families and reducing incidences of child abuse and neglect visit Strengthening Families.

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