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2020 Child Maltreatment Data: A Breakdown

An annual federal report on child maltreatment confirms what other data has already suggested: That during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic, reports and investigations of abuse and neglect plummeted, in large part due to the absence of child care workers and school personnel from the lives of many children in that time frame. 



Florida Confirms Abuse Allegations Against Some Foster Parents

The child welfare agency in Florida is changing how it responds to allegations of abuse against foster caregivers, following a news investigation in March.

Report Details Abuse at For-Profit Youth Residential Centers


Federal Watchdogs Find Abuse at For-Profit Youth Residential Programs in 18 States

A recently released report calls on the federal government to better regulate for-profit residential treatment programs for youth.

A National Reckoning on Congregate Care


Lawmakers Issue Warning to Troubled Teen Industry: Congress Will Act

Growing cries to crack down on abusive practices in residential treatment programs for children have reached members of Congress.

New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS


New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS

A new Texas law entitles parents under suspicion for physically harming their children to the right to a second medical opinion and in-person exams.


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 


America Must Change Its View of Poverty and Neglect

Illustration by Christine Ongjoco
The child welfare system plays a conflicted role in our society’s history. It exists in a world of competing values and basic societal assumptions. Was it developed as a way to “save” children from abuse and neglect or as a means to “control families?”


Abolition Movement is Right on Racism, But Not on Parsing Abuse and Neglect

On Jan. 13, federal authorities carried out the execution of Lisa Montgomery, who was convicted in 2007 of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett. Stinnett was pregnant, but her baby survived the brutal attack.

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Number of Child Abuse and Neglect Victims Reached Record Low in 2019

As America headed into the coronavirus pandemic, the number of children who were confirmed to have been victims of abuse or neglect fell to its lowest point in a long time, perhaps more than two decades, according to the annual report released today by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).