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What are Protective Factors?

We’ve all heard of risk factors that contribute to problems within families. Protective Factors are the positive counterpoint to risk factors. Protective Factors help families stay safe, healthy and strong. According to national research, when multiple risk factors are present

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The state of child maltreatment in Nebraska

Child abuse and neglect in Nebraska doesn’t just affect the child. The long-term effects follow a child into adulthood, leading to long-term health problems, emotional issues and increased risks for drug use and other high-risk behaviors. It is important to note that these numbers

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2014 Prevention Summit brings together statewide leaders

On Friday, November 14, leaders from state government, human services organizations and private philanthropy convened in Lincoln to discuss strategies for more effective child abuse prevention at the annual Prevention Summit. The theme of Friday’s event was promoting healthy relationships

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A celebration of positive parenting

Last Saturday, Nebraska Children hosted more than 300 kids, moms, dads and grandparents at the first-ever Pinwheels for Prevention Picnic. Held at the Railyard in Lincoln’s new Haymarket district, the picnic offered a chance for families to have fun together while

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How does Nebraska stack up on Adverse Childhood Experiences?

A few weeks ago, we talked about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from a national perspective. After looking at the national numbers, we started wondering how we, as a state, measured up. Did Nebraska’s kids experience more ACEs? Or did we

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For your consideration: Could Canada’s Roots of Empathy program work in Nebraska?

By Mary Kate Gulick I walked into the second grade classroom at West Woodland Elementary School in north Seattle with no defined expectations. My sister and her 10-month-old baby girl, Stella, had been participating in “Roots of Empathy” here since

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Keeping Adverse Childhood Experiences at the center of prevention efforts

At Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, we talk a lot about prevention. How do you keep kids out of the child welfare system? Prevention. How do you curb the drop out rate and encourage success in school among kids at

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Why prevention matters to all of us: The long-term effects of child abuse to our kids and our culture

Part of the belief that whether a parent abuses a child is that family’s personal “business” is the failure to admit that the outcome of abuse affects all of us. How? Countless obvious ways . . . and some that

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Child Abuse Prevention in Action: Fremont PIWI

PIWI (Parents Interacting With Children) is an evidence-based method to improve interactions between parents and their young children. It helps at-risk parents build the skills they need to work positively with their kids, and techniques for when things get tough.

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Perception is the enemy of prevention.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. And the good news is that most people are already aware that child abuse is a problem. But when you’ll ask people about child abuse and neglect, you’ll usually get one of two

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