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While officially beginning in 2008, the Magnolia Place Community Initative was actually born out of a strategic planning process begun by Children’s Bureau of Southern California in 2001. Children’s Bureau identified the key areas that research had shown to be necessary to create safe and supportive environments in which children achieve the best results and live free of abuse and neglect (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000). These four goal areas anchor the Initiative: educational success, good health, economic stability and safe and nurturing parenting.

The Magnolia Place Community Initiative is uniting the county, city and community to create sustainable change for families by promoting and strengthening individual, family and neighborhood protective factors through increasing social connectedness, community mobilization and access to needed services.

Girl with garden toolThe problem of child abuse and neglect and its solution are not simply a matter of parents doing a better job, but rather creating a context in which ‘doing better’ is easier. — Daro, Shaw and Kilburn, RAND Working Paper 2009

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