The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has been selected by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime to serve as the National Technical Assistance Provider for a three-year project aimed at the early identification of children who are most at risk of child abuse and neglect and working across systems to address risk factors and prevent deaths before they occur. 

The Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization Project, which will launch Oct. 1, 2019, will include technical assistance from the Alliance and our team of partners to support expert-peer and peer-peer coaching and training for five sites, which are being awarded separate grants. The selected sites will take part in collecting and analyzing data and working collaboratively across the community to develop prevention plans designed to respond to and reduce child maltreatment fatalities in their area. Their efforts will be responsive to the design of a prevention-focused 21st-Century Child Welfare system as envisioned by the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Their progress will be shared nationally and regionally through strategic communications outreach. 

The project is patterned after recommendations from the commission, on which Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus and Teri Covington, director of the Within Our Reach Office at the Alliance, served as commissioners. In addition to the involvement of the Within Our Reach Office, Jennifer Jones director of the Change in Mind Institute, and our communications and marketing teams, led by Tim Kobussen will play a key role. 

The Alliance will issue a formal press release announcing the award in late October. 

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