Strengthening families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect: lessons from the Los Angeles Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project

Child Welfare. 2012;91(2):39-60.


The Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project, funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), is a community-specific strategy delivered through eight regional networks designed to address the full spectrum of community-based prevention. This article summarizes a strong and meaningful pattern of improvements found in the second year evaluation for three groups of families--those living in high-risk communities but not involved with DCFS, those being investigated by DCFS for possible child maltreatment, and those with open DCFS cases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Health Services / methods*
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child Welfare / psychology*
  • Community Networks
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Los Angeles
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*
  • Program Evaluation / methods*