Responding Effectively to Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse Pediatrics: A Specialty Worth Investing In

By Shadi Houshyar, Vice President, Child Welfare Policy for First Focus Stories about abused and neglected children who, for one reason or another, were time and again failed by the adults and systems entrusted to care for and protect them are common. Every day, we hear stories of children who had one too many unsubstantiated...

Behind Every Crisis is an Opportunity

Todd Lloyd MSW, Child Welfare Director, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children The Sandusky scandal at Penn State challenged us as a nation to think about our individual and collective responsibility to protect children from harm. For Pennsylvania, the high profile sex abuse case opened up an opportunity that the legislature seized in the 2013-14 session –...

How the Child Welfare System Works

Brief: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare

Brief: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare

According to the 2012 Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence, 46 million children living in the United States will have their lives affected by violence, crime, abuse, or psychological trauma this year. The Task Force recommends that every professional or advocate serving children exposed to violence and psychological...
Brief: An Analysis of State Laws Regarding Mandated Reporting of Child Maltreatment

Brief: An Analysis of State Laws Regarding Mandated Reporting of Child Maltreatment

We’re pleased to share with you the latest in our series of  policy briefs, An Analysis of State Laws Regarding Mandated Reporting of Child Maltreatment. This brief provides an overview of how different states have approached universal mandated child maltreatment reporting policies, some considerations for reporting statutes in general, and various themes from interviews SPARC...