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Family Connects goes to Japan

Dr. Ben Goodman, FCI’s Director of Research and Evaluation, recently returned from Japan where he was invited to present at the annual conference of the Japan Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Kurashiki, Okayama. His presentation, titled Community Prevention of Child Maltreatment in the United States: The Family Connects Program, was very well-received. Attendees were keen to learn about the key ingredients to the program’s success.

The Japanese Society for Child Abuse Prevention involves researchers and practitioners in a variety of fields whose aim is to prevent child abuse. Goodman’s presentation was an opportunity to share how public-health nursing, broad assessment of family need in the early postpartum period, and rigorous evaluation of program implementation and impact can be used to produce positive outcomes for children and families in an entire community, including reducing the risk for child abuse and neglect.