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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

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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).

Using Social Media in Child Welfare

November 26, 2013 Comments off

Using Social Media in Child Welfare
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Using social media techniques and innovations in child welfare practice is a relatively new approach for the field. While using social media as a practice tool offers opportunities to enhance, improve, and make work with children and families more effective, it also presents new challenges for the field.

These pages offer information and resources on how to capture opportunities to help improve outcomes and build supports for children and families using social media as a communication tool.

Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions

November 21, 2013 Comments off

Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet reviews State statutes designating the appropriate jurisdiction and venue for adoption proceedings. Jurisdiction refers to the type of court that has the authority to hear adoption cases; venue refers to the geographic location of the court. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records

October 31, 2013 Comments off

Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet discusses State laws detailing the officials and entities that may have access to the confidential records of child abuse and neglect reports and investigations, the circumstances under which information may be disclosed, and the appropriate use of confidential information. Public disclosure of information in cases of child abuse-related fatalities or near fatalities also is addressed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Adopting as a Single Parent

October 29, 2013 Comments off

Adopting as a Single Parent
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet discusses some of the main issues to consider when making the decision to adopt as a single person. Topics covered include considerations that might affect the decision to adopt, such as support, finances, employment; the different types of adoption, including adoption from foster care, through intercountry adoption, and through private domestic adoption; working with an adoption agency; completing the adoption and making the adjustment in your home life; and bonding with your new child.

Parent Education to Strengthen Families and Reduce the Risk of Maltreatment

October 24, 2013 Comments off

Parent Education to Strengthen Families and Reduce the Risk of Maltreatment
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This issue brief provides an overview of research regarding some key characteristics and training strategies of successful parent education programs for strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. Information about selected evidence-based and evidence-informed parent education programs, including a list of registries that evaluate programs, also is provided.

Leaving Your Child Home Alone

October 23, 2013 Comments off

Leaving Your Child Home Alone
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Every parent eventually faces the decision to leave his or her child home alone for the first time. This factsheet provides some questions for parents to consider before leaving their children home alone, as well as tips to help make the experience safe and successful for all. Resources for more information and links to State guides also are included.

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons

September 24, 2013 Comments off

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet for families discusses the impact of adoption on adopted persons who have reached adulthood. There are several themes that emerge from personal accounts and data from academic studies about issues that adopted persons may face. This factsheet addresses these themes, which include loss, the development of identity and self-esteem, interest in genetic information, and managing adoption issues.

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents

September 24, 2013 Comments off

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet for families discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterwards.

Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses

September 19, 2013 Comments off

Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway (HHS)

This factsheet presents general information on statutes that provide some regulation of the fees and expenses that adoptive parents are expected to pay when arranging an adoptive placement. Some of the fees and expenses that are typically addressed include placement costs, such as agency fees; legal and attorney expenses for adoptive and birth parents; and some of the expenses of the birth mother during pregnancy. Requirements for reporting adoption-related expenses to the court are also addressed, and summaries of laws and policies for all States and U.S. territories are included.

State Statutes: Consent to Adoption

September 11, 2013 Comments off

State Statutes: Consent to Adoption
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet reviews State statutes regarding the proper execution of consent when a child is placed for adoption. Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish a child for adoption and release all rights and duties with respect to that child. The topics covered include the persons who must consent to a child’s adoption, the child’s consent to his or her adoption, timeframes for consent, and guidelines for revocation of consent. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Stepparent Adoption

September 4, 2013 Comments off

Stepparent Adoption
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Stepparent adoption is governed by State law. Most States make the adoption process a little easier for stepparents, but requirements for home studies, criminal background checks, and procedures for obtaining consent of the noncustodial parent vary widely by State. This factsheet offers general information about legal issues to consider and steps to take when adopting a stepchild. While many stepparent adoptions can be done without the help of a lawyer, stepparents may wish to consult an adoption attorney to understand the specific legal requirements in their State. Resources for more information are included.

Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

August 20, 2013 Comments off

Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This factsheet discusses how foster and adoptive parents can help children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. It provides basic information about sexual abuse and links to other information so that parents can educate themselves about the topic. The factsheet suggests ways to establish guidelines for safety and privacy in the family, and it offers suggestions about when to seek professional help and where to find such help.

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

August 19, 2013 Comments off

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway (HHS)

This factsheet outlines the legal definition of child abuse and neglect, the different types of abuse and neglect, and the signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. Resources about the impact of trauma on well-being also are included.

Also:
+ Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
+ Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect

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