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Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

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Linda Baker

Linda Baker

FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)

Linda Baker (MSW, Management and Administration, University of Kansas) is employed at the Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc. as the Director of the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP). FRIENDS, a service of the Children's Bureau, providers training, technical assistance and information to CBCAP State Lead Agencies in order to build their capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect in their states. Recent initiatives include the development of a valid and reliable evaluation tool (Protective Factor Survey), the Evaluation Toolkit and Logic Model Builder, promoting evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention programs and practices, parent leadership, cultural competence and collaboration.

Linda has 35 years experience working in child abuse prevention and child welfare services in both nonprofit and government agencies. During her 13 years as a manager for a statewide non-profit she was responsible for the development and expansion of numerous community-based and statewide programs including parent education and support programs, parent-adolescent mediation, respite care, home visiting, Head Start, emergency shelter care, foster care and adoption. Since joining Chapel Hill Training-Outreach, Inc. in 1995, Linda has become a national spokesperson for the promotion of family resiliency and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She has provided training and presentations on prevention nationally and internationally and has served as a writer, reviewer, editor, and producer of numerous publications and training curricula. She is a dedicated advocate for the nation's children and families and looks forward to future opportunities to improve the lives of children and families.