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Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Supports Can Save Children

When a community’s is focused on the well-being of its members, everyone takes the safety of children more seriously, writes Paul DiLorenzo.


Better Child Abuse Fatality Reviews Are Key to Overhauling Child Welfare

The Family First and Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), which passed into law as part of the 2018 budget resolution, is one of the largest overhauls of our nation’s child welfare system in the last decade.


In Aftermath of Latest Child Death, L.A. Contends with Potential Foster Care Panic

In mid-July, Bobby Cagle, the director of Los Angeles County’s $2.8-billion child welfare system, visited the high desert communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, both reeling from the latest child death to strike the county.


Maine Governor Wants to De-emphasize Reunification from Foster Care

In the wake of two recent abuse-related deaths, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) wants to deprioritize the reunification of foster youth with their birth parents, which is the commonly accepted primary goal in American child welfare systems.

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A Steady March Toward Child Fatality Prevention

Last year, the federal report Child Maltreatment 2016 found that deaths of children from abuse and neglect increased by more than 7 percent from 2015 to 2016. While this increase may be due in part to improved reporting by states, it is estimated that nearly five children are killed by abuse or neglect in the U.S.


New York City Child Welfare Agency Will Use Former Cops to Gauge Domestic Violence Risk

For New York’s Administration of Children Services (ACS), retired law enforcement officers have been working in-house since 2007 to advise their roughly 1,700 caseworkers. Today, the ACS will announce that these former cops are getting a broader child welfare beat that includes assessing the risk brought on by new adults moving into households served by the agency.

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    Standard CPS Assessments Dangerously Miss on the Changing Nature of Risk

    “Our responsibility is to create foresight about the changing nature of risk before anything goes wrong.”  – David Woods David Woods, one of the pioneers of safety science as applied today in industries such as nuclear power, airlines and health care, offers a critical insight into what continues to be missing from risk and safety analyses in child protective services (CPS).

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    HHS Connects Predictive Analytics Contract to Child Fatality Commission

    As we reported Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services responded with a lukewarm reception to the recommendations of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). One of CECANF’s highlighted recommendations was that HHS work with states to conduct five-year reviews of maltreatment-related fatalities, and develop plans to improve fatality prevention.

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    HHS Seems Lukewarm on Proposals by Child Fatality Commission

    As required by law, the Department of Health and Human Services responded last week to the many proposals offered by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The department set aside any proposals pointed at Congress, states or another executive branch, and focused on 64 that directly involved the work of HHS.