Web Resources For Parents

Dr. Eli Newberger, a pediatrician on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, founded the Child Protection Team and the Family Development Program at Children's Hospital in Boston, and is the author of many influential works on child abuse. The site contains an excerpt on discipline and punishment from his recent book, The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character.

Dr. Robert Brooks, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, has written and lectured for parents and professionals about nurturing compassion, self-discipline, responsibility, hope and resilience in children. The site contains a monthly article about these themes.

Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development, in order to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the web. It was created by Tufts faculty and librarians and is supported by the Society for Research in Child Development.

The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund, an umbrella organization for over 100 agencies, leads statewide efforts to support parents and strengthen families in order to prevent child abuse. The site contains "Safety Rules" that teach basic skills to children and adults to prevent crimes against children.

Making Life Work Better provides information on coping with a variety of problems, and connects the public and professionals with hotlines, support groups and referral services in Massachusetts.

The Social Work Therapy Referral Service, a public service of the National Association of Social Workers, provides free, professional counseling referrals for individuals and families in Massachusetts.

Jewish Family & Children's Service is a nonprofit, nonsectarian agency serving over 80 communities throughout greater Boston with a broad range of social, psychological, health and education programs that serve all ages.


The Jewish Family & Children's Service Center for Early Relationship Support provides group and home visiting services for parents of newborns and infants.

Massachusetts Citizens for Children is an independent, non-profit child advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children. The "Child Sexual Abuse" section educates the public and professionals on all aspects of child sexual abuse prevention and lists resources.

Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders, and providing education, outreach and advocacy to support families. This organization is made up of families who have lost a member to suicide or have watched a loved one suffer with depression.

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I would like to thank the following for their generous support, without whom this web site and training program would not exist: The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation, The Alden Trust, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Project INTERFACE (Newton Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Education), the Locke Educational Fund at Newton- Wellesley Hospital, Aetna Health Plan, the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center,  and the families of my medical practice. 

I hope you find this site useful and encourage any comments.

- Dr. Howard King, M.D.