child abuse prevention
Beyond Family First: Congress Should Boost Funding to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Last week, national TV news was filled with images of newly elected Members of Congress descending on Capitol Hill for their “freshman orientation.” My hope is that this change – and momentum on the heels of a major federal foster care law signed earlier this year – will create a new opportunity to get child welfare financing closer to what advocates, practitioners and lawmakers have long said they want, but have failed to deliver: True child maltreatment prevention.
Arizona Bill Would Terminate Parental Rights More Quickly in Substance Use Cases
The Arizona legislature may vote on a bill that would quicken the pace at which parents struggling with drug addiction could lose their parental rights. The bill – Senate Bill 1452 – would speed up the timeline for the termination of parental rights, allow adoption of these children more quickly and deny access to services like addiction treatment for parents.
New York Grant Program Aims to Strengthen Families, Reduce Entries into Foster Care
In a bid to maintain the pace of reforms that have seen New York City’s foster care population plummet, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is seeking local nonprofit agencies to submit applications for its Community Partnership Program.
Hundreds of Orgs Sign On to Call for Expansion of Federal Home Visiting Program
In June, House Republicans introduced a bill to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, a federal program established in 2010 to help pair new mothers with help from nurses and other trained professionals.
Home Visiting CEOs Hit Capitol Hill
The leaders of six home-visiting programs met with Congressional staff yesterday to discuss ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), hopefully with a boost in authorized appropriations.
The RAND Approach to Child Welfare: Cutting Cost, Improving Outcomes
This week, the RAND Corporation issued a report describing how federal child welfare policy could be changed to improve outcomes for children and youth while saving $12.3 billion. To reach its conclusions, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based
Parental Satisfaction at Work May Reduce Potential for Child Abuse or Neglect
While parental unemployment is a known risk factor for child abuse and neglect, a new study finds that a parent’s satisfaction in the workplace may play an even more important role.
How Much Does Child Abuse Cost? Study Says $400K Over a Lifetime
Child maltreatment is often measured by lives forever scarred by trauma and families torn apart, but a new study estimates that each case of abuse also carries a hefty price tag.
How the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Is Helping Hospitals Screen for Child Abuse
Together with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is taking steps to reduce child abuse in infants 6 months and younger. With support from a $1 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, a coalition of Ohio’s six major children’s hospitals studied how to help prevent repeated child abuse in this most vulnerable population.
Home Visits Work: Let’s Make Them Universal
Some of the most fulfilling and valuable experiences of my early career involved working as a home visitor about twenty years ago. I traveled through Philadelphia’s most underserved neighborhoods with a team from the MomMobile, a community-based organization that provides free support and education to families facing the challenges that pregnancy and parenting bring.