Building Community, Building Hope

“Building Community, Building Hope” is a video series showing real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect.
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Discussion Guide

Use Building Community, Building Hope to start a conversation about what’s working to improve child well-being in our country.


Answers to some commonly asked question regarding Family Support Efforts in Child Welfare.

About the Series

How this film came to be made – and where we hope to go from here.

Full Length Video

What’s working to improve child wellbeing in our country.

CB/OCAN Launches New Video Series

We know that there is tremendous power in communities to solve the problem of child abuse and neglect. We also know that families don’t exist in a bubble—they are affected by community factors around them. Housing, healthcare, jobs—all of these are important in understanding the types of stresses that families encounter.

“Building Community, Building Hope” shows real-world collaborative solutions in action. The film highlights three innovative programs working to prevent and respond to child maltreatment by engaging parents and communities and forming the partnerships needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and families:

Partners United for Supportive Housing (PUSH) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR) is a special program designed for families in the child welfare system who are facing homelessness or a housing crisis. PUSH-CR families are connected with safe and affordable homes, and program staff work to assist parents with their DHS case, assess their needs and help families meet their goals to stay together. Four Oaks is the managing partner for the PUSH-CR collaborative that includes many different public and private sector partners.

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Fostering Hope in Salem, Oregon

The Fostering Hope Initiative is a neighborhood-based collective impact initiative. It is designed to promote the positive development of children, strengthen families, and build community by mobilizing natural neighborhood supports and building an integrated system of community support and services. FHI assumes that safe, stable, nurturing relationships are the key social determinant of positive child development; that toxic stress interferes with attachment between parents and children; and that toxic stress can be reduced to healthy, or at least tolerable, levels by promoting five key Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Catholic Community Services is the lead partner, collaborating with numerous state and local government agencies, public and private sector organizations, education entities, local service providers, and community members to implement the Fostering Hope Initiative.

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Magnolia Place in Los Angeles, California

The Magnolia Place Community Initiative is uniting the county, city and community to create sustainable change for families by promoting and strengthening individual, family and neighborhood protective factors through increasing social connectedness, community mobilization and access to needed services. The vision of the program is everyone in the Magnolia Place community works together to ensure they and their neighbors live well and prosper.

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We encourage communities to use this film to foster conversations about what we as a society can—and should—do to ensure children grow up to achieve their full potential, free from abuse and neglect. Share it with your staff, programs, partners, community, and policy makers. Feel free to use or adapt the resources provided above to help you in this process.