Information Resources for Parents, Families, and Children

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Provides resources for parent training and information centers and community parent resource centers across the U.S. which support families of children with disabilities in effectively participating in their child's education and development. Offers information and training to families, professionals, and other organizations by providing access to a resource library, a directory of parent centers, an online database of experts, webinars, and other resources on a variety of topics, including mental health and trauma-informed care.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Family Checkup: Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

Contains evidence-based information focused on parenting skills that help prevent the onset and progression of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use among children and youth. Includes suggestions and video tutorials on positive parenting practices, such as good communication, encouragement, negotiating solutions, setting limits, supervision, and knowledge of children's friends and activities.

Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families

Details the mental health services Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals and clinics offer for veterans and their families and describes the VHA guiding principles for mental healthcare. Discusses the resources available for veterans and family members, and instructions on locating mental healthcare facilities and providers, including suicide prevention services and telemedicine visits. Covers treatment options for common mental health concerns, such as depression, substance abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. Offers information on specific programs available to veterans with special needs, including women, those experiencing homelessness, veterans involved with the criminal justice system, and seniors.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)

Provides information and resources to raise awareness of the impact trauma, violence, and bullying can have on the behavioral health of children, adolescents, and families. Seeks to enhance treatment and services for trauma-exposed children and adolescents. Includes information and resources on traumatic stress, treatment options, and advice for families, caregivers, and others about how to help and respond to child traumatic stress.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)

Offers access to national and state-level survey data on the health status of children in the U.S. Includes data on children ages 0-17 and examines factors related to the well-being and healthcare needs of children, their families, and communities. Includes data on the prevalence of health conditions, covering attention deficit disorder/attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and asthma, as well as other physical, mental, behavioral, and developmental conditions. Other survey topics include the quality and availability of healthcare, health insurance status and coverage adequacy, receipt of preventive and specialty care, medical home access, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), school readiness, parental and family health, access to community-based services, and more.

Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders

Highlights principles designed to help parents, educators, and community leaders address drug use among children and adolescents. Includes research and information on the following topics: risk factors and protective factors for drug use, planning community-led drug abuse prevention efforts, and implementing research-based drug abuse prevention programs at the community level.

Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood: A Research-Based Guide

Describes principles, information, and research related to childhood development, risk and protective factors for substance abuse, and research-based early childhood intervention programs. Assists parents, practitioners, and policymakers with addressing individual, family, school, and community precursors for early substance misuse to promote positive life outcomes and prevent drug use, abuse, and addiction throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
SAMHSA Homelessness Programs and Resources

Offers a collection of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs and resources designed to prevent and end homelessness among men, women, youth, and families with mental illness or substance use disorders (SUDs). Includes grant programs and services as well as publications, videos, and webinars on behavioral health treatment, employment assistance, case management, homelessness, trauma, and more.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program

Provides an overview of the Title V Maternal Child Health Services Block Grant (MCHB) that works to support and improve the health and well-being of mothers, children, and families. Discusses the goals of Title V funding and how the block grant program is funded.

Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Young Children Who Are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and Their Families

Provides information for state and local early intervention systems regarding the prevalence of infants and toddlers prenatally exposed to substances, and resources and supports needed to promote positive outcomes for these infants and their families. Shares links to key research, policy, guidance and state examples, and evidence-based practices for supporting young children exposed prenatally to substances and their families. Product of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center funded by a cooperative agreement through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)