domestic violence

California's failure to protect laws can cause further trauma to kids and families


California Can Take Kids from Abused Moms. Why the Separation Can Harm Both

California’s ‘failure to protect’ law allows child welfare agencies to take kids from homes scarred by domestic abuse, which some say can worsen trauma.

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ACF Launches New Office Dedicated to Preventing Domestic Violence

The Administration of Children and Families has launched a new office aimed at addressing domestic violence. 

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Maryland Eyes Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors from “Failure to Protect” Charges

Maryland may be the first state to protect domestic abuse survivors from being charged with neglect for their child’s exposure to the abuse.


Pandemic Court Closures Limit Protections For Domestic Violence Victims

The United Nations Secretary-General pleaded with nations around the world to make domestic violence a priority for coronavirus pandemic response last week. But for victims in New York, avenues for relief remain narrow, especially in the courts.


How Connecticut Moved From Institutions to Families

In response to a large influx of children into state care in the late 1990s resulting from tragedies that spawned fear within the agency, Connecticut developed a sprawling system of institutional settings to have enough “placements.”

Dr. Spell with her children.


Celeb Doc Files $750 Million Lawsuit Claiming L.A.’s Child Welfare Agency Falsified Evidence

Beverly Hills doctor Susan Spell has filed a new $750 million lawsuit against the county of Los Angeles and individual social workers as she continues the battle to regain custody of her children who were removed from her care in 2013 without a warrant or court order.


    Domestic Violence Connection Missing in Many Child Welfare News Stories, Study Says

    The overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment is profound. Research suggests that crossover may include between 30 and 60 percent of families involved with the child welfare system. However, when the media writes about child welfare — the system that is charged with taking care of abused and neglected children — that connection is seldom featured in stories, according to a new study from the Berkeley Media Studies Group.


    Hearings: What’s Happening in Brooklyn Child Welfare Court? These Days, It’s Domestic Violence Cases

    One of the busiest family courts in the nation occupies a hulking 32-story administrative tower in downtown Brooklyn. On a recent Thursday, I visited to observe the child abuse and neglect hearings on the eighth floor.


    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.