WA Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring Clergy to Report Child Abuse After a Similar Bill Died Over Catholic Opposition
After failing last year, Washington state lawmakers are trying to pass a bill to make clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect.
Feds Release 2022 Child Maltreatment Numbers
Federal child maltreatment numbers from 2022 show that the level of abuse and neglect reporting in the country returned to pre-pandemic levels, while fatalities rose for a fifth year.
Making Clergy Mandated Reporters? No Prayer This Curbs Child Abuse
Legislators have proposed expanding mandatory reporting into one of the few fields that has typically been viewed as sacrosanct: the clergy.
Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Tighten Oversight of Residential Centers for Youth
Legislation calling for better oversight of youth residential treatment centers was introduced in both chambers of Congress today.
An anonymous writer says that through therapy and time away from home, she's been able to reflect on her relationship with her mom.
Senators Want Answers About Alleged Abuse at Youth Treatment Facilities
Two senators have launched a new inquiry into four major operators of youth residential treatment programs that have been the subject of recent reports of abusive treatment.
Should Social Workers Interview Children Separated from their Parents? Debate in Minnesota Continues
A new provision in Minnesota emphasizes the need for private interviews of children in the most serious cases of maltreatment — but not every case.
Staff Abuse Children and Incite Violence at ‘Deplorable’ Tennessee Detention Center, Report Finds
Teenagers at a Tennessee detention facility have been sexually abused, locked in isolation cells for 23 hours a day and set up by staff to fight each other, two prominent advocacy groups have found.
Amid Division Over Critical State Audit, St. Lawrence County Approves Outside Review of Embattled Social Services Department
Following concerns about its child protection and foster care services, local lawmakers in St. Lawrence County, New York, are bringing in an independent firm to conduct a comprehensive review.