Building Community, Building Hope

"Building Community, Building Hope" is a video series showing real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect.
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Discussion Guide

Use Building Community, Building Hope to start a conversation about what’s working to improve child well-being in our country.


Tips for using the film and a glimpse into child maltreatment in the United States.

About the Series

How this film came to be made - and where we hope to go from here.

Full Length Video

What’s working to improve child well-being in our country.

Individual Program Videos

Partners United for Supportive Housing

Fostering Hope Initiative

Magnolia Community Initiative

An Unlikely Partnership

About the Video Series

We know that there is tremendous power in communities to solve the problem of child abuse and neglect. We also know that families don’t exist in a bubble—they are affected by community factors around them. Housing, healthcare, jobs—all of these are important in understanding the types of stresses that families encounter.

“Building Community, Building Hope” shows real-world collaborative solutions in action. The film highlights three innovative programs working to prevent and respond to child maltreatment by engaging parents and communities and forming the partnerships needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and families:

Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR) is one of five national supportive housing projects funded by Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (Children’s Bureau). PUSH-CR is a five year project designed for families in the child welfare system who are facing homelessness or a housing crisis. PUSH-CR families are rapidly housed in safe and affordable homes within fourteen days, connected with safe and affordable homes, and program staff work to assist parents with their DHS case, assess their needs and help families meet their goals to stay together.

Watch PUSH-CR Video (7:55)

For more information, contact: Kelli Malone, or visit

Fostering Hope Initiative in the mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon

The Fostering Hope Initiative in central Oregon is a neighborhood-based collective impact initiative. It is designed to promote the positive development of children, strengthen families, and build community by mobilizing natural neighborhood supports and building an integrated system of community support and services. FHI assumes that safe, stable, nurturing relationships are the key social determinant of positive child development; that toxic stress interferes with attachment between parents and children; and that toxic stress can be reduced to healthy, or at least tolerable, levels by promoting five key Strengthening Families Protective Factors. Catholic Community Services is the lead partner, collaborating with numerous state and local government agencies, public and private sector organizations, education entities, local service providers, and community members to implement the Fostering Hope in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.

Watch Fostering Hope Initiative Video (6:18)

For more information, contact: or

Magnolia Community Initiative in Los Angeles, California

The Magnolia Place Community Imitative is based on a hope and dream: That the 35,000 children and youth, especially the youngest ones, living in the neighborhoods within the 500 blocks of the Magnolia Catchment Area, south of downtown Los Angeles, will break all records of success in their education, health, and the quality of nurturing care and economic stability they receive from their families and community. The network of partners is working to unite the county, city and community to create sustainable change for families. It accomplishes this by promoting and strengthening individual, family and neighborhood protective factors through increasing social connectedness, community mobilization and access to needed services.

Watch Magnolia Community Initiative Video (6:39)

For more information, contact: Lila Guirguis, Director, or visit

We encourage communities to use this film to foster conversations about what we as a society can—and should—do to ensure children grow up to achieve their full potential, free from abuse and neglect. Share it with your staff, programs, partners, community, and policy makers. Feel free to use or adapt the resources provided above to help you in this process.

Digital Dialogues

We are hosting a series of Digital Dialogues so you can learn more about the programs and themes featured in the films, along with strategies you can use. Click the links below to register for upcoming online discussions and view recordings of past events.

May 25, 2016: Partnering for Practice Change: The Magnolia Community Initiative (archived)

March 8, 2016: Mobilizing Social Capital: The Fostering Hope Initiative (archived)

February 8, 2016: Building Community, Building Hope: Starting the Conversation (archived)