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.)

Adolescent Development

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
http://www.datesafeproject.org/

Child Abuse Prevention

Childhelp USA

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®.
http://www.childhelpusa.org/

Children's Bureau

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.
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/index.htm

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.
http://www.preventchildabuse.org

Child Advocacy

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
http://www.childrensdefense.org/

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.
http://www.cwla.org/

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.
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRCIndex.aspx

Child Development

Kids Career Catalog: Child Involvement and Development

A list of resources for parent involvement, child development, career exploration, parent-teacher networking, and more.
http://www.catalogs.com/resource/kids-career-catalog-childhood-involvement-and-development.html

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.
http://www.zerotothree.org/

Fatherhood

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.
www.bcnd.org; http://www.newdads.com/

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

A federal resource website provided by the Health and Human Services department.
http://fatherhood.hhs.gov/index.shtml

General Health Information

Medline Plus

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides information to answer health questions
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

MedicineNet.com

Online health information published by WebMD
www.medicinenet.com

Merck Manual – Children’s Health

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec23.html

Legal Issues in Parenting

Access and Visitation

http://fatherhood.hhs.gov/Access/visitation.shtml

Child Support and Custody

Handbook on Child Support Enforcement
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/2005/handbook_on_cse.pdf

Child Support Guidelines

http://fatherhood.hhs.gov/Access/guidelines.shtml

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.
http://www.css.ocgov.com/

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.
http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/safehavenall.pdf

Parenting Information

BabyCenter

Cost of Raising a Child Calculator
http://www.babycenter.com/costofchild/

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.
https://extension.tennessee.edu/centerforparenting/Pages/TipSheets.aspx

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.
http://www.ciccparenting.org/

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.
http:/www.thehappiestbaby.org

Pre-Parenting Education

Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents

A national network that promotes and facilitates parenting education for children and teens.
http://www.parentingproject.org/

Realityworks

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.
www.realityworks.com

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: patloncto@adelphia.net

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.
http://www.morningglorypress.com/catalog/

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.
http://www.education-world.com/standards/state/index.shtml

Sexual and Reproductive Health Information

The Birds and Bees Connection

Offers classes for children and parents to learn together about puberty and sexuality.
http://www.birdsnbeesconnection.com/

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.
www.cfoc.org

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.
www.familiesaretalking.org

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.
www.teenageparent.org

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.
www.thenationalcampaign.org/

Planned Parenthood

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
www.plannedparenthood.org

TeenPregnancy.org

The campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.
www.teenpregnancy.org

Special Needs

American Childhood Cancer Society

Provides families with information and support for children and adolescents with cancer.
www.acco.org

American Society for Deaf Children

www.deafchildren.org

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.
www.addresources.org

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.
www.chadd.org

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
http://www.nichcy.org/index.html

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.
www.fcsn.org/

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

jdrf.org

LD Online

Resources for parents who care for children with special needs, including links to a nationwide directory of Parent Centers on Disability.
www.ldonline.org/

National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC)

A CDC-funded national clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD.
http://www.help4adhd.org/

United Cerebral Palsy

www.ucp.org

Trends and Statistics

Child Stats

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
http://www.childstats.gov/

Child Trends

Child Trends conducts research and provides science-based information to improve decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and families.
www.childtrends.org

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.
http://www.childwelfare.gov/

Fast Stats on Child Health

Published by the National Center for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/children.htm

Kids Count

Annual statistics provided by the Anne E. Casey Foundation
http://www.aecf.org/kidscount/sld/databook.jsp

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.
https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/statistics/wellbeing.cfm

Unplanned Pregnancy

Crisis Pregnancy.com

Affiliated with adoption.com, this website provides information about pregnancy, health, and how to make an adoption plan.
http://www.crisispregnancy.com/

FamilyDoctor.org

Pregnancy: What to Do When Your Pregnancy Is Unexpected
http://familydoctor.org/842.xml

Heartbeat International

A nonprofit, interdenominational Christian association of faith-based pregnancy resource centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, and nonprofit adoption agencies.
www.heartbeatinternational.org

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.
http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org

The Nurturing Network

A national network of volunteers helping women know the resources available to continue a pregnancy. Phone: 1-800-TNN-4MOM.
http://www.nurturingnetwork.org/

Pregnancy Centers

Offers free pregnancy tests and consultants available 24/7 to listen to concerns and answer questions about pregnancy, abortion alternatives, and related issues.
http://www.pregnancycenters.org/

Teen Pregnancy.com

Lists information specific to teen pregnancy with a link to adoption.com.
www.teenpregnancy.com


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