Resources and Links
Additional information is available from these organizations. (Inclusion in the list below does not imply that ESP endorses or supports the organization.)
The Date Safe Project
Founded by Michael Domitrz, this organization offers DVDs and books that help caring adults teach youth how to approach the opposite sex with understanding and respect. Mr. Domritz is also a nationally renowned guest-speaker. Phone: (800) 329-9390
Child Abuse Prevention
Childhelp is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment, prevention and research of child abuse and neglect. The organization provides a broad continuum of programs that directly serve abused children and their families. Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®.
The Children's Bureau (CB) is one of six bureaus within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services. Works with State and local agencies to develop programs that focus on preventing the abuse of children in troubled families, protecting children from abuse, and finding permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes.
Prevent Child Abuse America
A national organization with state chapters to promote and implement child abuse prevention efforts at both the national and local levels.
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF advocates for all children with a special focus on the most vulnerable. They work with elected officials, government agencies, faith groups, and individual activists to build a nation of families where all children have the support they need to thrive
Child Welfare League of America
CWLA is an association of nearly 800 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist more than 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a range of services.
United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the United Nations body of 18 Independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties. It also monitors implementation of two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Kids Career Catalog: Child Involvement and Development
A list of resources for parent involvement, child development, career exploration, parent-teacher networking, and more.
Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization that supports the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.
Boot Camp for New Dads
A program that encourages and teaches fathers to become involved in their children’s lives. Also offers a national support network for men confronting the realities of fatherhood. Mission is to assure every child the opportunity for a caring and capable father beginning at birth.
Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
A federal resource website provided by the Health and Human Services department.
General Health Information
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides information to answer health questions
Online health information published by WebMD
Merck Manual – Children’s Health
Online health information published by the American Academy of Family Physicians
Legal Issues in Parenting
Access and Visitation
Child Support and Custody
Handbook on Child Support Enforcement
Child Support Guidelines
Child Support Services - Orange County (California)
Website includes an online calculator to estimate child support amounts. Orange County residents also have online access to open child support accounts, make child support payments, and request modifications to court ordered support.
Infant Safe Haven Laws
To prevent baby abandonment, safe haven laws allow a parent, or an agent of a parent, to remain anonymous and to be shielded from prosecution for abandonment or neglect in exchange for surrendering the baby to a safe haven. The laws vary from state to state. This website provides an overview and a summary of each state's laws.
Cost of Raising a Child Calculator
Center for Parenting (C4P)at the University of Tennessee
The Center's website has a Tip Sheet Database with 800 short PDFs (1-3 pages) on topics of interest to parents and other caregivers. All copyrights have been cleared, and visitors may download, email, and print the documents. The database is also searchable.
Center for the Improvement of Child Caring
Website offers numerous programs and materials to help parents become more effective. The website also offers continuing education programs and materials for professionals who work with children and families. Program developed by Kerby Alvy, PhD.
Family Resource Simulator - Basic Budget Needs Calculator
Online calculator shows how much it takes for families to afford minimum daily necessities. It also allows you to create customized results by changing assumptions about basic family expenses. Website created by National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health.
* Family Resource Simulator http://nccp.org/tools/frs/
* Basic Budget Needs Calculator http://nccp.org/tools/frs/budget.php
The Happiest Baby, Inc.
The Happiest Baby approach finally explains what is colic and more importantly teaches parents how to calm down almost any crying baby in minutes...or seconds (by turning on the "calming reflex"). Dr. Harvey Karp's instructional materials (books, DVDs, CDs) are available for purchase. The website also enables parents to find certified instructors in their local area.
Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents
A national network that promotes and facilitates parenting education for children and teens.
Teaches students parenting education using the “Baby Think It Over” Program, RealCare Baby, and BeginnerCare Baby. Realistic dolls help students make informed decisions about parenting by letting them actually experience being the parent of a newborn infant. Student must feed, burp, rock, and change Baby's diapers. Programming tracks student ability to provide proper care.
Teachers of Teachers, Inc.
New York State is the first state to require parenting education for high school students prior to graduation. Teachers of Teachers is the educational consulting firm of Pat Loncto, the project manager for the NYS Parenting Education Scope of Instruction and a member of the development team for the NYS Health Education Guidance Document. Pat is the recipient of several local, state and national teaching awards related to curriculum and assessment. She can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pregnant and Parenting Teen Education
Morning Glory Press
Instructors of teen parent programs can find books, curriculum, instructional materials, and train-the-trainer classes from this organization. Student materials are also available in Spanish. In addition, The publisher offers a 16-page newsletter at no cost (PPT Express) for professionals. Each issue includes teaching tips, curriculum ideas, program news, updates from Washington, and resource reviews, The founder of MGP is Jeanne Lindsay, a long-time instructor of high school teen parent programs.
School Health Education Standards / Education World
A complete online resource for educators. This webpage provides quick access to state standards for all states and all content areas, including health.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Information
The Birds and Bees Connection
Offers classes for children and parents to learn together about puberty and sexuality.
Campaign for Our Children - Preventing Teen Pregnancy
Research-based prevention messages and educational media campaigns which encourage healthy, responsible decisions among adolescents, promote a more informed support system for parents and youth, and raise public awareness about adolescent preventative health issues.
Families are Talking
A project of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), this project empowers parents and caregivers to communicate with their children about sexuality-related issues, and provides tools to help families communicate about these issues.
Life in the Fast Lane
Information about the challenges of teen parenting. Offers a video, teacher's guide, and classroom activities. Published by Idaho Public Television for the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
Seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families by reducing pregnancy among teenagers by supporting appropriate values and actions.
Information and resources covering sexual and reproductive health topics. Research on sexual health problems and directory of health centers in the US. Phone: 1-800-230-PLAN
The campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.
American Childhood Cancer Society
Provides families with information and support for children and adolescents with cancer.
American Society for Deaf Children
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
A national non-profit organization helping people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities. The website has over 100 articles written by national authorities as well as adults with ADHD.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
A non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others. CHADD is a membership organization, produces the bi-monthly Attention! magazine (for members), and sponsors an annual conference.
Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
A central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education
Federation for Children with Special Needs
LD OnLine is a leading website on learning disabilities, learning disorders and differences. Parents and teachers of learning disabled children will find authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Resources for parents who care for children with special needs, including links to a nationwide directory of Parent Centers on Disability.
National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC)
A CDC-funded national clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD.
United Cerebral Palsy
Trends and Statistics
Published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, or the Forum, is a working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families
Child Trends conducts research and provides science-based information to improve decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and families.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Fast Stats on Child Health
Published by the National Center for Health Statistics
Annual statistics provided by the Anne E. Casey Foundation
Statistics on Child and Family Well-being
A list of resources that provide state and national statistics on child and family well-being indicators, such as health, child care, education, income, and marriage. Data on the demographics of children, families, and the communities in which they live are also included.
Affiliated with adoption.com, this website provides information about pregnancy, health, and how to make an adoption plan.
Pregnancy: What to Do When Your Pregnancy Is Unexpected
A nonprofit, interdenominational Christian association of faith-based pregnancy resource centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and nonprofit adoption agencies.
National Safe Haven Alliance
The national Safe Haven (NSHA) supports states' efforts to prevent infanticide and newborn abandonment through safe-haven relinquishments. NSHA is dedicated to reaching these women and encouraging them to make the right choice for themselves and their babies, whether it is a safe-haven relinquishment, adoption, or parenting.
The Nurturing Network
A national network of volunteers helping women know the resources available to continue a pregnancy. Phone: 1-800-TNN-4MOM.
Offers free pregnancy tests and consultants available 24/7 to listen to concerns and answer questions about pregnancy, abortion alternatives, and related issues.
Lists information specific to teen pregnancy with a link to adoption.com.