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The Three Graces of Child Safety

To better reach families, we should have our own version of The Three Graces: opportunity, competence and empathy. 

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Collaborative Efforts Can Better Serve Families

When combined, government and community efforts to support the complex economic and health needs of families are stronger.

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Three Conversations Every Child Welfare System Should Have to Start 2022

Paul DiLorenzo describes three conversations that child welfare leaders in every state should be having as 2022 begins.


New York City Expands Alternative to Child Welfare Investigations, Yet Parents’ Distrust Runs Deep

A security guard watches the entrance to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services Main Office in Lower Manhattan. Photo: Hiram Durán.
Hundreds more New York City parents reported for possible child maltreatment will be offered a way to avoid a formal investigation and will instead be referred to supportive services, as part of a program expansion announced by the Administration for Children’s Services last month. 


We Need a New Business Model in Child Welfare

Every morning when you wake up as a child welfare director, you are scared for somebody else’s children, and not just because you worry about abuse and neglect. You worry because the government established standards and protocols for working with these kids would be unacceptable for anybody but somebody else’s children.


Young Children Are The Hardest to Count, And Have The Most at Stake, in 2020 Census

Today in California, there are an estimated 210,000 children younger than 6 hiding in plain sight because they weren’t counted in the last U.S. Census. As a result, communities in our state missed out on a decade’s worth of crucial funding for programs to support them — programs that provide basic necessities like food, shelter and health care.


    We Won’t Improve Maltreatment Prevention Without Better Data Sharing

    There has been an important shift in the conversation around child abuse and neglect fatalities in recent years. Previously, our systems were designed to respond only after a tragedy occurred. Today, however, with the support of new public policy and greater knowledge, we are beginning to think and act in terms of preventing child abuse tragedies before they occur.


    The Harmful Effects of New York City’s Over-Surveillance

    In recent years, New York City’s child welfare leadership has proudly told the story of how the system has dramatically reduced the number of children in foster care while maintaining child safety.


    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.