Alliance Recieves Grant from Department of Justice to Oversee Child Abuse Prevention Planning Among Five Learning Sites

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 23, 2019 – The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities announced today that it 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. The project is aimed at identifying 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 program, which builds on the recommendations of the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, is grounded in three fundamental components identified by the Commission as integral to a public health approach,” commented Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance. “These include leadership and accountability; decisions grounded in better data and research; and multidisciplinary support for families.”

The Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Caused by Crime Victimization Project, which launched on October 1, 2019, will include technical assistance from the Alliance and its team of partners to support expert-peer and peer-peer coaching and training for five sites. 

The selected sites, which are being awarded separate grants, include: 

  • Indiana State Department of Health;
  • Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.;
  • Cook County Health in Chicago, Ill.; and,
  • The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Calif.

Each site 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 and progress will be shared nationally and regionally through strategic communications outreach.

In addition to the oversight from the Alliance, the program will also involve the Within Our Reach office at the Alliance led by Theresa Covington. Both Susan Dreyfus and Theresa Covington served on the Commission. It will also draw from the expertise and research available through the Alliance’s Change in Mind Institute, led by Jennifer Jones. 

About the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities   
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems and we aggregate the very best sector knowledge. The Alliance accelerates change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential. Go to  for more information. 

About the Within Our Reach Office
Within Our Reach is an office established within the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to further the recommendations of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The goal of Within Our Reach is to equip policymakers, practitioners, and advocates with the tools they need to fundamentally reform child welfare. Based on the commission’s national strategy, desired reform includes a proactive public health approach—a shared family and community responsibility to keep children safe. Within Our Reach is made possible through collaboration with Casey Family Programs, whose mission is to provide, improve, and prevent the need for foster care.  

About the Change in Mind Institute
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Change in Mind Institute aims to increase the common understanding of the core story of brain development and intensify this knowledge into the social and public sectors. The Change in Mind Institute operates as a hub for disseminating knowledge, provides training and technical assistance on the integration of brain science research, and engages in cross-sector innovation on the transformation of organizations, sectors, and systems as they adapt to the new applications of the science.

Disclaimer: This product was supported by cooperative agreement number 2019-V3-GX-K005, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.