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No, “Neglect” Is Not a Gateway Allegation

"Neglect" is not a gateway allegation — unless you take data out of context by presenting numbers without ratios or ratios without numbers.

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Advocates Propose Changes in West Virginia Foster Care System


West Virginia Announces Plan to Restructure Child Welfare System

West Virginia is splitting part of its welfare bureau into two smaller pieces as part of a broader effort to improve the child welfare system.


Governor Shakes Up Guam’s Child Protection Services, Citing ‘Emergency’

Guam’s governor has placed the territory’s child protective system under a state of emergency. Photo: Facebook
Guam Gov. Lou Leno Guerrero has ordered a shakeup of the island territory’s Child Protective Services in the wake of a data review that pointed to systemic problems that have led to a failure to identify and root out “serious and significant instances of child abuse, maltreatment, and neglect,” according to news reports.

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The Looming Housing Crisis and Child Protection Agencies

Vivek Sankaran, director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University Michigan Law School. 
A few weeks ago, my client, a mother in a child protective case trying to regain custody of her children, informed my students she had lost her housing and was now homeless.

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Every Family Deserves the Benefit of the Doubt

Every family enjoys its stories. Several years ago, mine had its “Home Alone” moment. My brother, his wife and their two children were visiting my parents in New Jersey. They agreed to head out to dinner – in two cars – to a restaurant about 45 minutes away.

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Friendly Neighborhoods and Less Child Spanking May Reduce Likelihood of CPS Involvement, Study Says

There may be a relationship between the spanking of children, the type of neighborhood the children live in and the likelihood of a report of abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS), according to a new study published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.


    Putting Lipstick on the Predictive Analytics Pig

    Chronicle Senior Editor John Kelly argues that not only I, but also The New York Times, Forbes columnist John Carpenter, Republican strategist Mike Murphy and others are wrong to suggest that the presidential election revealed the emperor known as “predictive analytics” to be, at best, scantily clad if not stark naked.

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    Think a Tragedy Can’t Get Any Worse? Just Add Child Protective Services

    In a field filled with subjectivity and bias, it’s sometimes assumed that one determination is easy: figuring out if a death was caused by child maltreatment. In fact, that’s often as subjective as everything else.

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    New Zealand Analysis Should (But Probably Won’t) Burst the Predictive Analytics Bubble

    “New Zealand Crunches Big Data to Prevent Child Abuse,” declared a Chronicle of Social Change headline on a 2015 story about The Chronicle’s favorite child welfare fad, predictive analytics, or as it should properly be called, data-nuking poor families.