Help Me Grow (HMG)
HMG is a system that assists states in identifying at-risk children and then helps families find community-based programs and services. While they do not provide direct services, HMG does create a system for improving access to existing resources and services for children through age 8. By building collaboration across sectors - including child health care, early care and education, and family support – families are linked with needed programs and services through comprehensive physician and community outreach and centralized information and referral centers. Ongoing data collection and analysis helps identify gaps in and barriers to the system. Currently, HMG has over a dozen state-based affiliates, with hopes to increase this even more (Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington)
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Local health departments often manage lists of community resources and lead projects that can greatly benefit children and families who have been exposed to violence. The NACCHO Web site provides numerous resources related to this, including a comprehensive directory of local health departments in each state. Contact your local health department to find what resources are available in your community. Being prepared with referral sources for additional support is key in caring for children, adolescents, and families impacted by violence and traumatic events.
World Association for Infant Mental Health
The central aim of the World Association for Infant Mental Health is to promote the mental wellbeing and healthy development of infants throughout the world, taking into account cultural, regional, and environmental variations, and to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge. They seek to facilitate the following:
Increased knowledge about mental development and disorder in children from conception to three years of age
The dissemination of scientific knowledge about services for care, intervention and prevention of mental disorder, and impairment in infancy
The dissemination of evidence-based knowledge about ways to support the developmental transition to parenthood, as well as the healthy aspects of parenting and caregiving environments
The international cooperation of professionals concerned with promoting the optimal development of infants, as well as the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in the early years
Aspects of research, education, and interventions in the above areas
They provide links to each of the state affiliate organizations with which they are associated, along with links to international organizations.
For additional state-specific information, click on the state below.