Heart Galleries The Heart Gallery features powerful professional photographs of children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. For information on other Heart Galleries, see:

The Kinship Center The Kinship Center exists because we believe “every child deserves a family.” Whether you are a family hoping to provide a home for a child; a foster parent, an adoptive parent; an adopted person or birth family; or someone parenting the child of a relative, we hope that you will find the information you need to become an important part of our Kinship Family.

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Childhood Obesity
ABC news report highlighting childhood obesity & rising rates of type 2 diabetes in children; 9 minutes, Mar 17, 2008 - Uploaded by KatieClarkNutrition

The Ad Council Initiative on Childhood Obesity Prevention

American Academy of Pediatrics Website offering advice on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Childhood Obesity, Prevalence and Prevention Dehghan - Cited by 168

Childhood Obesity:The Health Issue Deckelbaum - Cited by 319

Colorado State University Essay describes prevention and treatment of childhood overweight

FatFreeKitchen Childhood and Teen Obesity Treatment, Control and Prevention

Google Search results for books on childhood obesity

Heart Association Guidelines for primary prevention of of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Beginning in Childhood - Kavey - Cited by 345

Kids Health Information On the Causes of Overweight; Preventing Overweight and Obesity; with Recommendations by Age

Let's Move Campaign Sponsored by Michelle Obama

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital At Stanford a Comprehensive Program to Prevent and Treat Childhood Obesity

Mayo Clinic on Childhood Obesity Comprehensive overview covers screening, complications, treatment and prevention

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC) Provides information about childhood overweight and obesity with multiple links to resources

National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus Online source of references relating to childhood obesity

Nutrition Journal Comprehensive scholarly article on Childhood obesity

The Obesity SocietyGuidance for Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity including American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Provides grants for obesity prevention programs

Scientific articles On childhood obesity primary prevention

Teenage Obesity Computer software and advice to help prevent teenage obesity and to encourage healthy eating

USDA National Agricultural Library Lists 28 useful links to useful information on adolescent and childhood obesity

US Department of Health and Human Services Comprehensive report on childhood obesity from the Assistant Secretary for Planning and
valuation. Features more than 100 scientific references

US Surgeon General Checklist on prevention of childhood obesity

Video by UCSF's Dr. LustigDemonstrates how sugar in drinks leads to obesity

Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
On helping your overweight child

WikipediaDescribes Childhood obesity, its classifications, effects on health, causes, management and more

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Child Welfare
Action Council The Action Council oversees the ECHO program, Education, Careers, Health and Opportunities for all girls and women.

Admisitration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation fosters public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports to meet the needs of vulnerable children and families. The Casey Foundation supports a nationwide network of KIDS COUNT projects that collect data on and advocate for the well being of children at state and local levels.

Child Poverty in Rural America describes the well being of the 14 million children who live in rural America who have parents who are disproportionately poor, less educated, and underemployed.

Child Trends Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families.

Child Trends Sawhill Lecture The Kris Anderson Moore Lecture, October 17, 2007, presenter Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, on challenges facing the United States and how they will affect the next generation.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the nations oldest and largest organization devoted entirely to the well-being of America's vulnerable children.

Children in Immigrant Families Chart New Path describes the demography, geographic dispersal and well being of the 16 million children living in U.S. immigrant families.

Children's Defense Fund The mission of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Committee for Economic Development Since the 2002 release of its groundbreaking early education report, Preschool for All: Investing in a Productive and Just Society, CED has been engaged in an aggressive national campaign to build the momentum surrounding investment in early education. The report calls for free, high quality preschool education for all children age 3 and over who have not yet entered kindergarten.

The Economics of Early Childhood Policy: "What the Dismal Science Has to Say About Investing in Children" describes the insights from economics and their implications for social programs focused on prevention during childhood, rather than later-in-life remediation.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Children's Health Protection EPA established the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP) to make the protection of children's health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. OCHP supports and facilitates Agency efforts to protect children's health from environmental threats.

Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) The nation’s Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE) is a federal/state/local partnership to help families by promoting family self-sufficiency and child well-being. Child support agencies locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity when necessary, establish orders for support and collect child support payments for families.

First 5 Proposition 10, passed by California voters in 1998, is an unprecedented public investment in early childhood health and development programs for pregnant women and young children up to five years of age.

  • California voters passed Prop. 10, establishing a 50 cent-per-pack tax on tobacco products generating more than $600 million a year to be invested in the healthy development of California's children from the prenatal stage to age five.
  • Eighty percent of this money is divided among California’s 58 counties, based on the counties’ birth rates, to be spent with local needs and priorities in mind.

Future of Children The primary purpose of The Future of Children is to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders.

Harmony at Home (Note: Web site under construction, call 831-625-5160.) Harmony at Home works to "end violence and build families." The nonprofit offers teen enrichment summer camps, programs for child victims of domestic violence, and workshops for children and families going through divorce. They have also published The Innocent Victims, a handbook for parents and caregivers of children exposed to domestic violence.

Head Start Bureau Head Start serves the child development needs of preschool children (birth through age five) and their low-income families.

Institute for Youth Development (IYD) is a research, evaluation and policy organization that promotes risk avoidance relative to alcohol, drugs, sex and violence with information and resources on communicating risk-avoidance messages to youth.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) ICRW is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women in poverty, advancing equality and human rights, and contributing to broader economic and social well-being.

Investing in Our Children: "What We Know and Don't Know About the Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions" describes the benefits of programs to intervene early in the lives of disadvantaged children.

KidSource Online The source for in-depth and timely education and healthcare information that will make a difference in the lives of parents and their children. Focuses primarily on health and education related issues.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) NCMEC was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to provide services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a U.S. Department of Justice, site that provides reference materials for professionals and parents on delinquency prevention, gangs, missing and exploited children, substance abuse, and violence.

Parenting Teens Network is a communications company focused on producing responsible and appropriate communications to improve the dialogue between parents and teens about important issues like health and wellness, relationships, technology and media, education, and finances.

Public Policy Institute of California Dedicated to improving public policy in California through independent, objective, non-partisan research on major economic, social and political issues.

Rising International Features crafts from impoverished women to try to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Save the Children Federation, Inc. is an international nonprofit children's development and relief organization working to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need in more than 40 countries, including the United States.

The State of the World’s Children 2009 focuses on maternal and neonatal health and identifies the interventions and actions needed to save lives.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works for children's rights, their survival, development and protection.

Youth InfoNet is an activity of the Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG). It offers program resources and research articles.

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National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) NICHCY provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.

Food and Nutrition
Eat Smart. Play Hard. Materials from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the USDA are designed to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center (Edreferral) provides a wide range of general information about the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. It also provides referrals to practitioners, treatment facilities, and support groups.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO leads international efforts to eradicate hunger. FAO is a source of knowledge and information and helps developing countries modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.

Food and Nutrition Information Center FNIC's web site provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Visitors can find printable format educational materials, government reports, research papers and more.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008 presents the latest statistics on global undernourishment, and solutions for the developing world.

Health, General
American Academy of Pediatrics An organization of 57,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Offers a broad variety of health information relevant to these groups.

The American Medical Association's Adolescent Health Online program offers information and advocacy for adolescent healthcare.

Bright Futures Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Healthfinder Your Guide to reliable health information.

MEDLINE Plus's Teen Health Info is a NIH National Library of Medicine service offering access to a broad variety of health information relevant to teens.

National Health Information Center is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), created by Congress in 1962, supports and conducts research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.

RAND Corporation The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.

The Society for Adolescent Medicine is a national organization of health professionals committed to advancing the health and well being of adolescents.

United States Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

The Vaccines and Immunizations website presents recommended schedules for childhood, adolescent and adult immunizations. It is maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Healthy Communications

The Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center provides comprehensive preconception counseling and prenatal care to women and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Body Pro provides information about HIV for healthcare professionals including access to expert opinion, clinical trials information, a treatment library, and conference coverage.

HIV Preventive Education Information Kit for School Teachers provides teachers with basic information on teaching young people about HIV and AIDS. The materials cover challenges of teaching about HIV and AIDS in the school setting, countering community resistance to HIV/AIDS education, addressing stigma and discrimination, and reducing risk behaviors..

HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) provides access to federally approved HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines. Also has links to other federal health and infectious disease web sites.

Home Truths: Facing the Facts on Children, AIDS, and Poverty This report summarizes research and analysis of AIDS-related policies, programs, and funding sources and their effectiveness in addressing the needs of children and recommends approaches to address the simultaneous impacts of HIV, poverty, food insecurity, and social inequality.

Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases is a site for families who have a child with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases. Provides information and opportunity to ask expert opinion. Also in Spanish and Russian.

United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) provides a global perspective on AIDS, press releases, fact sheets, epidemiological information, and publications. Also available in Spanish, French, and Russian.

Legal Services
Legal Services for Children Provides legal advocacy and representation for children and youth, including permanency planning and guardianship services for parents with terminal illness.

Mental Health
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides tables of contents and article abstracts of the Journal of the AACAP; summaries of AACAP practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of related mental health disorders; and; on-line facts sheets for parents on behavioral and emotional issues of children and adolescents; a publications list; and a search engine for locating adolescent and child psychiatrists by state and town.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization for children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and their families. This site contains fact sheets on the diagnosis and treatment of AD/HD, legal rights, parenting, and education; legislative information; organizational information; a regional chapter locator; and an on-line store.

Depression in Children and Adolescents provides articles on depression for both professionals and families. Articles for professionals include Genetics of Depression, Suicide Statistics, Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder, and Depression in Children and Adolescents: a Fact Sheet for Physician.

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Reproductive Health and Population
Advocates for Youth Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

Alan Guttmacher Institute The Institute's mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world. It is to support their ability to obtain the information and services needed to achieve their full human rights, safeguard their health and exercise their individual responsibilities in regard to sexual behavior and relationships, reproduction and family formation.

American Baby presents helpful and supportive information on preconception, pregnancy, and babies, as well as adoption and new-parent issues.

The AIG Guttmacher Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education.

An International Human Right: Sexuality Education for Adolescents in Schools This document discusses governments' obligation under international human rights law to provide school-based sexuality education that is scientifically accurate and objective and free of prejudice and discrimination.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau MCHB seeks a nation where there is equal access for all to quality health care in a supportive, culturally competent, family and community setting.

National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group with the goal of reducing teenage pregnancy. This site provides links to national and regional youth related sites; a publications list; statistics; information for parents and for religious groups.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) provides family planning services, advocacy, education and research on human reproduction and sexuality. In addition to public policy and political action news, this site provides information for teens and adults on contraception, abortion and pregnancy, and a roster of regional affiliates that provide services.

Population Reference Bureau is the leader in providing timely and objective information on US and international population trends and their implications.

The Reproductive Rights of Adolescents: A Tool for Health and Empowerment outlines the general framework of adolescents' reproductive and sexual rights. It focuses on sexuality education, access to confidential health care, child marriage and lack of educational opportunity, sexual violence, and female genital mutilation.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) has served as the national voice for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual rights for almost 40 years. SIECUS believes that sexuality is a natural and healthy part of life and that all people have the right to the information, skills, and services they need to make responsible sexual decisions.

The Center for Risk Perception and Communication conducts research on risk and helps audiences to make informed decisions relating to risk that are in their own best interest.

The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis works to improve decisions about environmental health through research, education and communications.

Kids Risk is the website of the Kids Risk Project that has the objective of empowering kids, parents, policy makers, and others to improve children's lives. The project is focused on understanding the risks that children face and finding cost-effective strategies to better manage these risks.

Kids at Risk is a publication that provides guidance concerning the risks faced by infants, children and youth.

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Safe Driving for Teens
Information on safe driving for teens from the U. S. National Library of Medicine:

The National Highway Safety Administration website:

The checkpoints program for safe driving provides an interactive parent-teen driving agreement so parents can set clear guidelines for their teen’s early driving and make changes as their teen progresses:

Information on teen defensive driver education form Consumer Reports:

Facts for Families: Helping Your Teen Become a Safe Driver from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at:

Information about Graduated Driver Licensing from the National Highway Safety Administration:

Information about driver’s education: (KAC) website. KAC is a nonprofit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in or around motor vehicles:

Car Safety, a fun interactive website aimed to help educate families on cars and driving safety:

Violence Prevention
The Family Violence Prevention Fund provides information and resources related to family violence.

The National Domestic Violence Prevention Hotline provides resources and help for victims, survivors, and perpetrators of family violence.