Child Abuse Prevention

To address the problem of child abuse in New Jersey, NJHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust collaborated with Parents Anonymous of New Jersey and Prevent Child Abuse–New Jersey to develop a comprehensive parenting education and outreach program. This program was implemented to improve the parenting skills of soon-to-be parents and caretakers, reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect and increase the utilization of existing support services.

HRET developed Now What Do I Do? A Guide for Happy & Healthy Children, Parents & Caregivers, a colorful 32-page easy-to-read and parent-friendly resource guide. This guide, available in English and Spanish, aids in preventing families from developing habits that could threaten the health and safety of their children. It also emphasizes how to get immediate help by calling support groups or service agencies.

This project was supported by grants from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Do Right Foundation, New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (Department of Human Services), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and NJHA.

Since 2002, the N.J. Department of Human Services has handled statewide production and distribution of this resource guide. To obtain copies, call the N.J. Department of Children and Families at 609-888-7912 or visit


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