Disentangling Neglect from Poverty

June 2022

The U.S. spends over $29 billion each year to identify and protect victims of child abuse and neglect through various Child ProtectiveServices (CPS) processes and programs. Isolated allegations of child neglect (without concurrent abuse allegations) account for 60% of substantiated CPS allegations (confirmed as true). About 61% of foster care placements involve neglect (alone or in combination with other factors). Yet, widespread confusion and misinformation about child neglect and its impacts have hindered effective policy development.

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Ensuring Services for Victims of Crime: Penalty Financing and Local Coordination

March 2021

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State level Expunction Brief - CMSN

February 2020

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Collaborative Efforts for the Prevention of Family Violence Brief 

November 2019

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Questioning Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Brief 

October 2019

The challenges of dealing with the influx of immigrant children at the United States’ borders are profound. Approximately 5,000 to 10,000 unaccompanied children, including many young adolescents, arrive each month at the southwestern border.1 To determine whether these children will be given safe haven in the United States, authorities question them about their origins and family background, traveling companions, decision-making competency, history of abuse and violence exposure, and risk of being smuggled and trafficked. In this context, children are at significant risk of reporting their experiences incompletely or inaccurately, which can affect life-altering decisions about their immigration status. Decades of scientific research have demonstrated how to interview children to obtain accurate and complete reports of their experiences, competencies, and attitudes. This evidence highlights the critical need for clear protocols regarding when and how children should be interviewed, including how questions should be phrased. Research also points to the necessity for extensive training of professionals who conduct the interviews.

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Quality Implementation of Trauma Informed Care Brief

August 2019

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Child Welfare & Research in Tribal Communities Brief

July 2019

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Modernizing Child and Family Services Information Systems Brief

July 2019

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Supporting Adoption Permanency Brief

July 2019

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Child Trauma/Trauma Informed Care Brief

June 2019

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Pennsylvania Child Welfare Caseworker Time Use Study

May 2019

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Plans of Safe Care: Effective Implementation in the US Brief

March 2019

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Preventing Child Maltreatment through Coodinated, Community-based Strategies Brief 

December 2018

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Preventing Human Trafficking Brief 

September 2018

Awareness about human trafficking and the factors that make individuals and communities vulnerable has increased, but prevention efforts designed to proactively address known risk factors are lacking.

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