Child Maltreatment 2022: reports increase but response lags
Child Welfare Monitor
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3w ago
“Child Maltreatment Victims Have Decreased for the Past Five Years to a New Low,” proclaimed the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) as it released Child Maltreatment 2022, its long-awaited annual compendium of child maltreatment data shared by the states. Contrary to the headline, the report says nothing about the actual incidence of child abuse and neglect. It does show that in Federal Fiscal Year 2022, calls to child protective services hotlines almost rebounded to pre-pandemic levels. But the number of investigations and assessments that CPS undertook in response to these calls ..read more
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Reform, not abolish, child welfare: A science-informed path
Child Welfare Monitor
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1M ago
By Antonio R. Garcia, Jill Duerr Berrick, Melissa Jonson-Reid, Richard P. Barth, John R. Gyourko, Patricia Kohl, Johanna K.P. Greeson, Brett Drake, and Victoria Cook A note from Child Welfare Monitor (CWM): CWM welcomes submissions from authors who represent points of view that are more evidence-based and child-centered than what is typically presented by leading media outlets and other child welfare publications. We are privileged to share this commentary from an illustrious group of child welfare scholars from schools of social work and social policy around the country. While this essay doe ..read more
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We are not here to save children: abuse and neglect deaths after contact with child welfare services in the District of Columbia, 2019-2021
Child Welfare Monitor
by childwelfaremonitor
3M ago
To my readers: This blog summarizes a report that is the culmination of nine months of work. It is part of my advocacy for children in the District of Columbia, which I share in my blog, Child Welfare Monitor DC. But I think this post and the underlying report will be of interest to child advocates, policymakers and researchers around the country because the findings and issues discussed are widely applicable. “We are not here to save children.” That is what I was told on the first day of my training as a child protective services worker at the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services ..read more
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The child placement crisis: It’s time to lose the slogans and find real solutions
Child Welfare Monitor
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4M ago
By Judith Schagrin A note from Child Welfare Monitor: It is a privilege to publish this important essay by Judith Schagrin. Judith earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  She unexpectedly found her passion in public child welfare, and more specifically, foster care after helping start an independent living preparation program for young people in care. After a decade as a foster care social worker specializing in adolescence in a large Maryland county department of ..read more
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Diverse opinions not accepted: Censorship by a contractor of the U.S. Children’s Bureau
Child Welfare Monitor
by childwelfaremonitor
5M ago
Instances of censorship and restrictions of free speech from both ends of the political spectrum have drawn increasing concern as the country’s polarization has increased. I have been very grateful that a digest of child welfare news and opinion articles funded by the federal government has for years been sharing my work–which often takes aim at the ideology prevailing in child welfare. But last July, the government contractor that prepares these digests declined to share one of my opinion pieces–while continuing to share other commentaries with a different perspective. My attempt to get an e ..read more
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The misuse of “lived experience” in child welfare
Child Welfare Monitor
by childwelfaremonitor
7M ago
Vanessa Peoples: Gofundme, https://www.gofundme.com/f/nb2wut-help-vanessa-get-back-on-her-feet “Those closest to the problem have the answers to solving it. Every child welfare policy and project should prioritize incorporating the expertise, perspectives and experiences of the people whose lives have been directly impacted by the system. We call this “centering lived experience.” There is a lot of truth in these words from an organization called Think of Us and a lot of good in the current focus in child welfare and other fields on considering the actual experience of people affected by syste ..read more
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Shiny, happy and homeschooled: the Duggar family and the need to regulate homeschooling
Child Welfare Monitor
by childwelfaremonitor
8M ago
After its premiere on June 2 on Amazon Prime Video, Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets, reached more viewers in its first nine days than any other Amazon docuseries. The series exposes the fundamental moral corruption underlying the Duggar family, the subject of TLC’s long-running reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, as well a spinoff entitled Counting On. The Amazon series reveals the Duggar family involvement with a fundamentalist Christian movement that endorsed physical child abuse, sanctioned educational neglect, and created a culture of sexual abuse of women and girls. One issue ..read more
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What is the cause of racial disparity in child welfare?
Child Welfare Monitor
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10M ago
There is no doubt that Black children and families are reported to child abuse hotlines, investigated, and removed from their homes more than White children. But many leading voices in child welfare today have made the dubious assumption that racial bias in reporting and child protective services is the underlying reason for these disparities. Unfortunately, based on this assumption, they propose policy solutions that risk destroying existing protections for Black children or even for all abused and neglected children. A star-studded group of researchers has collaborated on a paper that ought ..read more
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Using algorithms in child welfare: promise, confusion and controversy
Child Welfare Monitor
by childwelfaremonitor
11M ago
Source: Vaithianathan, et. al, Allegheny Family Screening Tool v2, https://www.alleghenycountyanalytics.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Methodology-V2-from-16-ACDHS-26_PredictiveRisk_Package_050119_FINAL-7.pdf The use of algorithms developed through machine learning for the purpose of improving human decisionmaking is becoming more common in child welfare and in other areas of government, like criminal justice. These tools are often supported as a way to reduce racial and other biases by those making decisions about how individuals will be treated. But opponents have raised concerns that algorit ..read more
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The Minnesota Child Maltreatment Fatalities Report: Essential reading for child advocates everywhere
Child Welfare Monitor
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1y ago
A shattering new report from a Minnesota child advocacy group demonstrates that many of the more than 160 deaths of children from abuse and neglect over an eight-year period ending last May were preventable. These deaths, the report concludes, can be attributed to “a child welfare philosophy which gave such a high priority to the interests of parents and other adults in households, as well as to the goals of family preservation and reunification, that child safety and well-being were regularly compromised.” This report is essential reading for child advocates everywhere, because this philosop ..read more
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