California Governor to Decide on Family Reunification Bills, and More


New Bill Would Require States To Distinguish Poverty From Child Neglect

Reflecting a growing movement to tease out poverty from the many reasons U.S. children are taken into foster care, a new bill before Congress requires states to avoid maltreatment investigations that center solely on a family’s homelessness or lack of financial resources.

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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.

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Number of Abuse and Neglect Victims Declines Again

New federal data shows the number of child abuse and neglect victims declined to a record low for the third straight year.


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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Michigan Judicial Commission Finds Misconduct by Child Welfare Judge  

Judge Tracy Green, a child welfare judge in Wayne County, Mich., faces removal from the bench for her role in a child abuse case that involves her son and grandchildren.

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Colorado expands services for transitional foster youth.


Colorado Governor Signs Law to Narrow Child Neglect Definition in Support of “Free-Range Parenting”

Starting in August, children in Colorado will have more freedom to roam unsupervised without exposing parents to child neglect investigations.


    The Challenge of Changing America’s Amorphous, Limitless Neglect Laws

    Diane Redleaf reviews some promising developments for those interested in sharpening the definition of neglect in child welfare law

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    During Confirmation Hearing for Top Biden Child Welfare Officials, Senators Voice Their Own Priorities

    The confirmation hearing for Biden's top two child welfare officials took place last week, and the topics of discussion at the hearing are likely a strong indicator of what child welfare issues are front and center for various factions of D.C. in 2022.

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    2020 Child Maltreatment Data: A Breakdown

    An annual federal report on child maltreatment confirms what other data has already suggested: That during the first six months of the coronavirus pandemic, reports and investigations of abuse and neglect plummeted, in large part due to the absence of child care workers and school personnel from the lives of many children in that time frame.