Partners in Prevention

Partners in Prevention is a unique model of communities working together to strengthen families and help West Virginia’s children grow up free from abuse and neglect.

This model is based on the belief that child well-being hinges on the capacity of local communities to support families and protect children. This approach is built on a framework of collaboration between and among community groups, state and local organizations and local teams.

Community teams across the state participate in this program of educational workshops, networking and mini-grants. The goals of the teams are:

  • Raising awareness about the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • Developing and expanding effective services that prevent or reduce child maltreatment.
  • Informing policymakers about best practices in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • The Partners in Prevention Community Grants are supported by The West Virginia Children’s Trust Fund, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the WV Department of Health and Human Resources.

Partners in Prevention is a statewide network of community teams implementing various community projects and working together to keep children safe. Participating teams receive annual grants of up to $5,000 to conduct local projects to strengthen families, protect children, and engage the public in these efforts. Forty-four community teams are participating as Partners in Prevention.

Our local Team Lead is Marsha Croasmun. She can be reached at