Photo of caregiver and a smiling childWithout a sense of caring,
there can be no sense of community.

~Anthony J. D’Angelo

November is National Caregivers Awareness Month, so this issue of the Buzz brings you resources you can share with friends, families, and other caregivers. We all know how important the role of caring is, whether it’s for our children, ourselves, an aging parent, or a family member or friend with disabilities. Thank you, caregivers.

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Caring for Our Children, Each Other, and Ourselves

Family Caregiver Toolbox
November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. And there are so many caregivers in the world, aren’t there? Visit the Caregiver Action Network and find dozens of resources to support caregivers (such as the Family Caregiver Toolkit). There’s also a Care Community (online forum for exchange) where you can share with others who give care.

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers
The Family Care Navigator helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one who is living at home or in a residential facility. Resources include government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations, and more. From the Family Caregiver Alliance.

And Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Caring for yourself is one of the most important–and one of the most often forgotten–things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

CDC’s Milestone Tracker Mobile App
From birth to age 5, a child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Parents can track their child’s milestones with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging their child’s development; and find out what to do if they are ever concerned about how their son or daughter is developing. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone. Download the app for free to iOS and Android devices.

Updated Fact Sheet on Lead Poisoning
The end of October is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Share our updated fact sheet on lead poisoning in your community!

Understanding Childhood Trauma
This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) gives parents and caregivers an overview of the types of traumatic stress that commonly affect children and details on the effects these events have on their physical and psychological health. Includes a list of resources for assisting with recovery.

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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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