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Alone we can do so little.  Together we can do so much.  – Helen Keller

National History

The Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) initiative was started in 1995 by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, with support from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. The Community Partnership approach starts with the premise that children’s safety depends on strong families, and strong families depend on connections with a broad range of people and organizations.

 No single factor is responsible for child abuse and neglect.

Therefore, no one public agency alone can safeguard children.

Local History

The national CPPC initiative began in four cities. Today, there are more than 50 partnerships across the country. CPPC Maine began in Portland in 2005. Planning was initiated by the Children’s Advocacy Council, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the United Way of Greater Portland, and Casey Family Services. Since beginning in 2005, CPPC has expanded to South Portland, Westbrook, Biddeford, Bangor, and Lewiston-Auburn, and continues to grow in communities across the state.

How It Works

Compared with traditional child welfare systems, CPPC involves many more partners, including neighbors, parents, law enforcement, schools, faith communities, and social service providers. Partners reach out and support families before they face crises, and intervene more rapidly and effectively when abuse and neglect occur.  They also work to improve child protection policy and practice in ways that more reliably strengthen families and safeguard children. The success of the CPPC network depends on openness among all partners to work together and build new ways to support strong families and communities. To learn more, join us for a free CPPC 101 Training!

CPPC partners utilize four core strategies to achieve our mission.