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Useful Resources & Helpful Links

Prevent Child Abuse Virginia Prevent Child Abuse Virginia provides free, confidential parenting advice for parents of children ages birth through 17. Kids don't come with instructions--and it's OK to ask for help and advice! Call 800-CHILDREN (800-244-5373) or email with any parenting concern or question.

Safe Sleep for Babies In 2009, 119 infants in Virginia under the age of one died suddenly in their sleep environment. After natural disease, sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of infant death in Virginia. Click this link: from the Virginia Department of Social Services to learn more.

Parenting Young Children Courses utilize the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting curriculum (STEP) for parents/caregivers of children ages birth through 6 years.

CASA Learn more about court advocacy for abused and neglected children.

STOP It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Click on the STOP It Now! link to learn more.

SW Virginia Alliance for Safe Babies has information about how to comfort your baby, including how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Do you know what to do when your baby cries? Research shows that crying is the number one trigger that leads parents and caregivers to shake and injure babies. This action can cause severe brain, skull or spinal injuries that may be permanent or even fatal. The good news is that it is 100% preventable. Finding support and learning coping strategies when dealing with your crying baby will help reduce the number of needless cases that occur.

The Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley, located in Radford, VA, is a non-profit, human service agency with the purpose of providing programs and services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes a wealth of information covering everything from safety at home and the community to immunization schedules and developmental milestones.

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), Text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services on this site.

VA 24-hour Hotline to report abuse or find support, call their number at 1-800-552-7096.

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