In L.A., Law Enforcement and Child Protection Try the Impossible: Stop Child Maltreatment Deaths
On Wednesday, prominent Los Angeles County officials will revisit a trying time in the county’s child protection history. In May of 2013, the violent death of an 8-year-old Antelope Valley boy rocked the county.
Rapid Safety Feedback’s Rapid Ascent
In a piece published last week by The Imprint, Casey Family Programs Vice President David Sanders called on federal and state government to “work collaboratively toward realizing our nation’s goal of protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.”
Policy and Practice Changes Form Around National Strategy to Reduce Fatalities and Improve Child Safety
When the President and Congress asked the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment fatalities in 2014, we knew the task would not be easy.
Director Wanted: Nation’s Largest Child Welfare Agency Seeks Leader
Philip Browning’s five-year tenure as director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children’s Services (DCFS) concludes tomorrow, and the search for his replacement is underway. Brandon Nichols, who served as chief deputy under Browning, was recently named acting director.
The Future of Fatality Prevention
At last week’s Wicked Problems Institute session in Chicago, attendees received a briefing from Amy Templeman, one of the lead staffers on the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF).
Dissent Is Not Consensus: Why I Didn’t Sign the Child Fatality Commission Report
Earlier this month, I issued the Dissenting Report of Judge Patricia Martin to the final report of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). The dissenting report was constructed to give the President and Congress a valid perspective of CECANF’s work.
PBS’ NewsHour Covers Foster Care, Big Data in Pennsylvania
Last night, PBS’ NewsHour aired a segment investigating strategies in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County to better identify children at highest risk of abuse and neglect and to improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
Ending Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, A National Strategy
Last week, the United States Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities released its final report, “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.” This report represents a culmination of a two-year effort to study, review, and address an issue that has frustrated and confounded generations of policy makers, child protection officials and government leaders.
White House Commission Calls For ‘21st Century Child Welfare System’
Today, a White House-appointed commission created to end child abuse and neglect fatalities delivered a lengthy set of recommendations bent on re-orienting all the public systems that touch children towards child safety.
Judge Wrestles with Challenges of Keeping L.A. Children Safe
On November 3, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to hire Judge Michael Nash as the director of the Office of Child Protection. The office was one of the top recommendations to come out of the county’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which was sunsetted last year.