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  • A Parent's Guide to Working With Children's Protective Services
    We understand that being visited by CPS can be overwhelming. It is normal to feel upset or confused. This handbook will tell you how the CPS process works. 
  • Camp HOPE America
    A summer camp dedicated to children who've experience domestic violence.
  • Chance at Childhood
    School Personnel Guide for Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence
    A resource to help parents and other caregivers understand the potential impact of exposure to violence on the development of their children.
  • Highlights of Federal Law Regarding Child Sexual Abuse Laws (American Bar Association)
    Child welfare law is primarily based in state, local, and tribal law, but these laws are strongly affected by federal and other national laws. Links and resources regarding major national legislation are provided here.
  • How the Child Welfare System Works (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
    This factsheet provides a brief overview of the child welfare system and its purposes and functions. Child welfare systems typically receive and investigate reports of possible child abuse and neglect; provide services to families that need assistance in the protection and care of their children; arrange for children to live with kin or with foster families when they are not safe at home; and arrange for reunification, adoption, or other permanent family connections for children leaving foster care. 
  • Interviewing Children: Guidelines for Journalists (Dart Center For Journalism and Trauma)
    Get permission before interviewing or photographing a child. Set clear ground rules about what is on and off the record. Don't talk down to a child. And don't make promises you can't keep.
  • Must Police Obtain a Warrant or Consent Before Interviewing Child at School? (Wrightslaw Way – 10/13/10)
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether police and social workers must obtain a warrant, court order, or parental consent before interviewing children at school about claims of sexual abuse.
    Patti's Comment: This is a very important case. Families should be aware of it!
  • State Statutes on Child Abuse (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services)
    If you are looking for criminal statutes on child abuse, more of the substance of that is in state law. You should find many cross citations in the civil law to the state criminal law. In particular, you will see citations to the criminal law in civil sections on 'aggravated circumstances' which are circumstances where the state can petition to bypass reunification efforts.
  • The Abuse of Children With Disabilities: Sadly, This Is Not News (Divine Caroline)
    Children with disabilities are at much higher risk for experiencing violence than kids without disabilities, says a new report from the United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO). Kids with disabilities are 3.6 times more likely to be victims of physical violence and 2.9 time more likely to be the victims of sexual violence.
  • The Future of Children
    The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has announced the publication of the latest issue of their journal. The general theme of the latest issue is preventing child maltreatment.
  • The National Center for MIssing and Exploited Children
  • Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development
    The neuronal pathways that are developed and strengthened under negative conditions prepare children to cope in that negative environment, and their ability to respond to nurturing and kindness may be impaired.
  • USDOJ OJJP – Recognizing When a Childs Injury or Illness is Caused by Abuse – July 2014
    Portable guide to investigating child abuse. Recognizing When a Child's Injury or Illness is Caused by Abuse.