child maltreatment 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.
Trump’s Top Child Welfare Official Speaks
In June, the Trump administration hired Jerry Milner to lead the federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees federal child welfare funding and policy. The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) was established in 1977 and oversees the Family and Youth Services Bureau as well as the much larger Children’s Bureau, which was created by President William Howard Taft back in 1912.
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.
To Prevent Child Abuse: Replace the “Public Health Approach” with a Social Justice Approach
Consider two approaches to working with troubled children and families. Approach #1 is embodied in a paragraph from a column in The Chronicle in which the author cites what she sees as barriers to working with children in foster care: “When foster parents said they could not, and our overworked paraprofessionals were unavailable, I had to take my clients to the doctor, dentist, therapist and for family visits.
Federal Commission Right to Raise Flags on New Parents with Histories of Child Abuse
In March, the national Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities issued its final report, “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.” In my opinion, one item in this strategy is of particular note because it represents a step away from traditional (and insufficiently effective) approaches, is especially effective and entails little cost.
L.A. Child Protection Director Seeks Community Input
Creating a child safety mobile app was not one of the recommendations laid out in the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Child Protection’s 2014 report. Instead, it was a recommendation made by a group of people who attended a child protection strategic planning meeting June 11 in Compton, Calif.
New Zealand Crunches Big Data to Prevent Child Abuse
By Darian Woods Imagine that in a Child, Youth and Family (CYF) call center in Auckland, New Zealand, operators are interpreting rows of numbers on a computer monitor. Among the data points: The age of mothers on a benefit, the date of their first benefit payment, family type and 129 other details.