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Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

April 28, 2014 Comments off

Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet discusses laws that designate the groups of professionals that are required to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reporting by other persons, the responsibilities of institutions in making reports, standards for making a report, and confidentiality of reports also are discussed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Current Through November 2013

See also: Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

The Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance Network 2014 Directory

April 11, 2014 Comments off

The Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance Network 2014 Directory (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

This booklet summarizes information on the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This directory offers information on the specific focus of each of the 23 T&TA Network members.

The mission of the T&TA Network is to provide a seamless array of services that build the capacity of States, Tribes, territories, and courts to achieve sustainable, systemic changes that will result in improved outcomes for children, youth, and families. To do so, the Network members provide training, TA, research, information and referral, and consultation on the full array of Federal requirements administered by the Children’s Bureau.

T&TA Network members also assist State, local, Tribal, and other publicly administered or publicly supported child welfare agencies and family and juvenile courts to achieve conformity with the outcomes and systemic factors defined in the monitoring reviews conducted by the Children’s Bureau.

The T&TA Network provides both on-site and off-site T&TA. On-site assistance might cover several weeks or months and comprise multiple visits; off-site assistance might consist, for example, of conducting a policy review or responding to a request for materials in a specific practice area. The Network has an open-door policy for making T&TA requests.

Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

March 20, 2014 Comments off

Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet discusses laws that require members of the clergy to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. The issue of whether a member of the clergy can claim privileged communications as a reason for not reporting also is discussed. Full-text excerpts of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare

March 19, 2014 Comments off

Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This issue brief provides an overview of protective factors approaches to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. It is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, advocates, and other interested individuals understand the concepts of risk and protective factors in families and communities and learn ways in which building protective factors can help to lessen risks for child abuse and neglect.

Definitions of Domestic Violence

December 9, 2013 Comments off

Definitions of Domestic Violence
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet provides both civil and criminal definitions of domestic violence. The definition often varies depending on the context in which the term is used. A clinical or behavioral definition is “a pattern of assaultive and/or coercive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults or adolescents use against their intimate partners.” Legal definitions across the States generally describe specific conduct or acts that are subject to civil and criminal actions, and the specific language used may vary depending on whether the definition is found in the civil or criminal sections of the State’s code. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Online Resources for State Child Welfare Law and Policy

December 3, 2013 Comments off

Online Resources for State Child Welfare Law and Policy
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This publication provides web addresses for State statutes that are accessible online and lists the parts of the code for each State and territory that contains the laws addressing child protection, adoption, child welfare, legal guardianship, and services for youth. It also provides web addresses for States’ regulation and policy sites, State court rules, Tribal codes, and judicial resources. Information for each State and territory can be accessed on the State Statutes Search page.

Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency

November 27, 2013 Comments off

Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This bulletin discusses services for children and youth in foster care to address their readiness and preparation for adoption and other permanent relationships. It focuses on ways that child welfare workers and other adults can help to prepare those children and youth whose goal is adoption; however, much of the information on preparation is also applicable to children and youth with other permanency goals. The bulletin examines what has previously been considered adequate preparation as well as current practices and those in development to more effectively ensure that children and youth are better prepared for permanent family relationships, including both legal and relational permanency (permanent relationships with caring adults).

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