There are many reasons to be hopeful about reducing child abuse and neglect 90% by 2030 in Lane County. The first and most important reason is that we have, within our own urban and rural communities, the resources we need to achieve this bold goal. Research shows that increasing connections between individuals and communities, within a structure that makes it possible for every individual and group to have a role, is the single most important factor in child abuse and neglect prevention.
More people live alone in that any other time in our history – and more single parents are working to raise children in households with no other supportive adults. Increasing connections means breaking the isolation of people within our neighborhoods and communities using proven strategies that focus specifically on more coordinated and more structured ways of finding – and giving – support. Some current examples of breaking isolation and increasing connections are nurse home visits, the Parent Helpline, neighborhood civic groups, and neighborhood-based emergency preparedness efforts.
90by30 and our many community partners are working to do two main things:
(1) invite and engage all Lane County residents to recognize their role and to take action toward a 90%
reduction by 2030 and (2) to identify, align and measure
best practice prevention strategies
in order to increase our chances of county-wide success.
Neighbor to Neighbor Success
Research is showing what many of us already know – that all of us need and benefit from a strong network of support.
We believe that this support, sometimes called ‘social capital,’ is the most important
for child abuse and neglect and for raising healthy, happy and successful children. For example, neighborhoods that have higher rates of social capital (knowing my neighbor and feeling supported by my neighbors), have lower rates of abuse and neglect.
90by30 is using the knowledge of what has proven to be effective to decrease neglect and abuse as a key part of its
strategic plan. By supporting efforts that have been shown to increase social capital , and increasing support for
all families, including families more at-risk for abuse and neglect, we will see a clear decrease in the incidence
of child neglect and abuse.
Examples of some effective social capital efforts include
The Front Porch Project
(now at the University of Denver’s Butler Institute),
and public awareness campaigns
that encourage neighbor to neighbor support.
Best Practice Strategies
Best practice, sometimes called ‘empirically-validated’ or ‘research-informed,’ are models or programs that have been
studied using careful research methods and have been found to be effective. Several standards of excellence exist,
such as those endorsed by the
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
at the University of Colorado. 90by30, in its decision-making process, is working to ensure that our county-wide
efforts are based on these standards of excellence. We are committed to being and remaining well-informed about
prevention-specific best practice registries
and studying recommendations
from well-respected national organizations.
Examples of Best Practice
Nurse Family Partnerships
is considered a ‘model’ practice by the
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.
A 15-year follow-up study of Nurse Family Partnerships found that participants, when compared to a similar group of people who did not participate in the study:
- had 79% fewer verified reports of child abuse or neglect
- mothers had 44% fewer alcohol and drug abuse-related problems
- 69% of mothers had fewer arrests
Examples of other “model” programs, “best practice” efforts, or “promising” strategies that offer reasons for optimism about achieving 90by30 in Lane County include:
- Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care – developed in Lane County by Patty Chamberlain and her colleagues
- Triple P Positive Parenting
- The Good Behavior Game
- Steps to Respect
- Strengthening Families
- Communities that Care – now being implemented in Springfield