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Help Someone in an Unhealthy Relationship: Quick Tips

If you are worried that someone you care about may be in an unhealthy relationship, get tips on what to do next.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning

Lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children. Learn steps you can take to protect your family from lead poisoning.

Review Date: December 11, 2011

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Take Charge of Your Health Care

Speak up and ask questions. You can improve your care and the care of your family by taking an active role in your health care.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Take Steps to Protect Yourself from Relationship Violence

If your partner might be controlling or abusive, it's better to get help now than to wait.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk with Your Teen About Healthy Relationships

Find out how to help your teen build safe and healthy relationships.

Review Date: April 19, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Love Is Respect: Get Help if You Are in an Abusive Relationship

Have a question? Need a friendly ear just to listen? Text, online chat, or call 1-866-331-9474.

Review Date: January 22, 2013

Break the Cycle

Questions and Answers for Immigrant and Refugee Women

If you have a husband, boyfriend or ex-husband who threatens, hits or harms you in anyway, there are steps you can take to make yourself and your children safe. Find information on domestic violence in a variety of languages.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Futures Without Violence

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

These ten tips can help family caregivers deal with the emotional and practical sides of caregiving.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Adolescent Development

Read this article to learn about the physical, psychological and sexual development of teens. Tips for parents in dealing with common conflicts between parents and teens are included as well.

Review Date: March 12, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Are You an Askable Parent?

This article provides some tips from experts in the field of sex education on talking with young people about sexuality.

Review Date: August 14, 2012

Advocates For Youth

Children and Divorce

Talking to children about divorce is difficult. Here are some tips that may help both the child and parents handle the challenge and stress of these conversations.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Circle of Respect

The purpose of this site is to educate kids and teens to promote respect as a way to manage conflict and prevent criminal behavior.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

National Crime Prevention Council

Communication and Your 13- to 18-Year-Old

Here are a few tips to help you communicate with your teen.

Review Date: March 14, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Community Services Locator for Children and Families

The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Library

Components of Good Communication

Learn how to listen and talk to your child for effective communication.

Review Date: March 13, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

CYFERNet: Children, Youth, and Families Education and Research Network

If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, find high quality, research-based youth and family resources from the Nation's Leading Universities

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Institute of Food and Agriculture - NIFA
USDA

Dating and Domestic Violence - Safety Planning

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or is in an abusive relationship, there are things to consider when thinking about safety. Read these suggestions that may be helpful.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Experts Interviews (Videos) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Find videos on a variety of mental health topics, including: anxiety disorders and medication, divorce and children, autism, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, tics and Tourette's Disorder, substance abuse, and more.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Families Anonymous Meeting Directory

Families Anonymous Meetings provide support and recovery from the effects of a loved one's addictions. Find United States and International meeting locations, in addition to online meetings.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

Families Anonymous, Inc.

Family Reunion Health Guide

This guide will help you talk to your family about kidney disease and its connection to diabetes and high blood pressure, two leading causes of kidney failure which affects African Americans more than other groups.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Find a Health Center

Find a Federally-funded health center near you for low-cost care based on your income.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Girlshealth.gov: Relationships

This site features articles and tools on healthy dating, building relationships in the community, helping your daughter deal with divorce, and tips for handling relationship issues with siblings.

Review Date: September 09, 2011

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet

Too much screen time can have unhealthy side effects on your child. Learn why it's wise to monitor and limit the time your child spends playing video games, watching TV, and playing games on the Internet.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Healthy Relationship Quiz

Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. Take this quiz to find out if your relationship is healthy.

Review Date: January 22, 2013

Break the Cycle

Healthy Relationships

Communication is a key part to building a healthy relationship. The first step is making sure you both want and expect the same things. The following tips can help you create and maintain a healthy relationship.

Review Date: January 22, 2013

Break the Cycle

Helping Your Child Through a Divorce

Divorce is a major crisis for a family, but parents can learn how to help their kids during this difficult time.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Hot Topics in Health: National Consumers League

This page from the National Consumers League links to health resources, including research, publications, and press releases.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

National Consumers League

How Healthy Is Your Home?

The ten-question HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR HOME? quiz is designed to assess how your family is doing with each of the five pillars of a healthy family home: eat healthy, play every day, get together, go outside and sleep well.

Review Date: May 16, 2012

YMCA of the USA

Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence

This article describes some of the ways in which immigrant women are abused by their partners through emotional, economic and sexual means.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Futures Without Violence

Improving Doctor/Caregiver Communications - A Guide for Family Caregivers- (PDF)

This guide is intended to improve communications between family caregivers and their health care providers.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Kids: Welcoming a New Baby Into Your Family

Are you feeling jealous of all the attention the new baby is getting? This article will help you cope with your feelings and learn the good things about having a new baby in the family.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Let’s Move! Healthy Family Calendar- (PDF)

Use this calendar to track what your family did this week to increase physical activity and eat healthy.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

The White House

Let's Move: Active Families

Engaging in physical activity as a family can be a fun way to get everyone moving. Here are a few activities and steps that you and your family can consider to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

The White House

My Family Health Portrait

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! The My Family Health Portrait is a tool you can use to enter, print, and confidentially share your family health history with family members or your health care worker.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Opening Lifesaving Lines- (PDF)

Studies have shown that in families with more open communication, teens are less likely to engage in dangerous risk-taking behavior. This page is designed to facilitate communication between parents and teens about life decisions, peer pressure and destructive behavior.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Preventive Services for Healthy Living

Preventive services such as screenings, immunizations, and advice from your doctor are available to help you stay healthy. Find out which preventive services are right for you.

Review Date: November 02, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Respite Resources for Family Caregivers

Find referrals here to organizations and programs that provide respite care for those needing a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Setting Rules and Consequences with Teens

Learn about the rules and consequences critical to negotiating your way through the teen years and how they may change as your teen's needs (and desires) develop.

Review Date: October 25, 2011

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Spouse/Partner Abuse Information

This article provides information about domestic violence toward spouses and partners, including basic facts, types of abuse, help to understand both victims and abusers, and suggestions as to how you can help in your community’s prevention efforts.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

Support Programs for Children, Youth and Families

Find programs offering families, parents, teens, and children support and resources to help them handle challenges and demands posed by the illness of a parent.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Institute for Family-Centered Care

Teens: Dealing with Divorce

About half the marriages in the United States today end in divorce, so plenty of kids and teens have to experience it. Find out what both parents and teens can do to make divorce easier for the family.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Life

This document provides tips for a healthy life, including being smoke-free, having routine exams and screenings, getting appropriate vaccinations, and managing stress.

Review Date: February 16, 2011

Office of Women's Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tips for Divorcing Parents

The Nemours Foundation provides some commonsense guidelines to make the adjustment to divorce a bit easier and the process less painful for kids.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

What to Expect and When to Seek Help- (PDF)

The Bright Futures developmental tools offer a framework for providers and families to begin a conversation together about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children and teens. Checklists are provided on developmental milestones.

Review Date: March 07, 2012

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

If your brother or sister has cancer, this booklet is for you. In it, you will find ideas and resources that have helped other teens facing similar challenges in their families.

Review Date: February 24, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens

If your mom, dad, or an adult close to you has cancer, this booklet can help prepare you for some of the things you might face. It can also help you learn to handle living with a parent or relative who has cancer.

Review Date: February 24, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Where to Write for Vital Records

Need a birth, death, marriage, or divorce certificate? This page provides links to state and territory specific information that can tell you where to write.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

National Center for Health Statistics - NCHS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

YMCA Military Outreach Initiative and Respite Child Care

The YMCA offers memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during deployment.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

YMCA of the USA