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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. Partners in Prevention (PIP) teams focus on the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). At the foundation of this approach are five protective factors that make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and reduce the risk of child maltreatment. The protective factors include:

  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Social and Emotional Competence of Children

The Partners in Prevention network is comprised of 42 community teams across West Virginia implementing various community projects and working together to keep children safe. They offer family support, resource distribution, educational workshops, and referral to other services when needed.

Participating PIP teams receive annual grants to conduct local projects that strengthen families, protect children, and engage the public in these efforts. In 2021-2022, each team received $7,500 in grant funds.

The goals of the teams are to:

  • Raise awareness about the prevention of child abuse and neglect
  • Develop and expand effective services that prevent or reduce child maltreatment
  • Inform 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 and the WV Department of Health and Human Resources.

Community Teams

Partners in Prevention teams are present in 42 counties in West Virginia.  In FY 2022, each team received $7,500 in grant funds to implement various community projects that increase protective factors for families and mitigate risk factors for child abuse and neglect.

Click to download the PIP Grantee Map.
Click to download the directory of PIP projects (FY 2022).

For additional information about Partners in Prevention, please contact Jessica Dianellos, PCAWV Community Partnerships Coordinator, at (304) 552-4000 or by email at

Our Story by the Numbers

During the past year, Partners in Prevention teams across the state of West Virginia:

  • Provided Public Education and/or Services to 50,272 individuals and organizations.
  • Distributed 52,141 pieces of educational materials and/or resource packets to caregivers and community members.
  • Trained 2,975 individuals and/or organizations through locally based workshops and a variety of prevention curricula.
  • Coordinated 1,462 public events in their communities, and
  • Generated 3,501 public messages (via print articles, radio, television and social media) about the importance of supporting and nurturing children & families, as well as public engagement activities to help families thrive.
Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia
Partners in Community Outreach West Virginia
Western Regional CASA
West Virginia Infant Toddler Mental Health Association
Mountain State Healthy Families