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“Child welfare” and the moral bankruptcy of social work

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

It crops up over and over when there’s any story about what family police agencies (a more accurate term than “child welfare” agencies) do to families. The mother of a second young child is suing, alleging abuse at the same institution.

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The tattletale factor in “child welfare”

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without some “child welfare” agency announcing an initiative that supposedly will make family policing kinder and gentler. It’s why all those plans for kinder, gentler family policing won’t do much good – and might even backfire.

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In California, “child welfare’s” ACEs evangelists are saying the quiet part out loud

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Or the mothers, so desperate to be loved by anyone take in Character Disordered Men who are only interested in sexually abusing her child. The study in question, from 1998, says that if a child experiences enough of them, it can cause serious health problems.

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Lessons from two child welfare court decisions

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Then, on May 21, the caller said, the mother was back allegedly with one of her two children, outside the authority’s offices for eight hours and it was “unknown” if the child was fed during that time. Had mom had her child with her, would she have been expected to yell “Hey, look everyone!

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Another child welfare scholar with an agenda

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The same scholar who claims predictive analytics in child welfare isn’t biased also signs on to an extremist agenda calling for an automatic, mandatory extra level of family police surveillance of thousands of impoverished families.

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Great news – Oregon "child welfare" attains mediocrity!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Now, let’s see if Senator Soundbite tries to undermine the progress The Oregonian has a story about the decline in foster care numbers in that state – and how it’s not due to more child abuse supposedly being hidden due to COVID lockdowns.

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Child Welfare Workers.Managing for Outcomes

Famcare

In child and family services, the mission no longer ends at removing an endangered child from a dysfunctional household but now extends to how a Child Welfare Agency might help the child grow into a productive member of society.

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Our annual reminder: End "child welfare"’s public celebration of family executions

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Termination of parental rights is child welfare's "death penalty." Except in "child welfare." Termination of parental rights (or, as it should be called, termination of children’s rights to their parents) often is described as child welfare’s death penalty.

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Can we help a leader of the “child welfare” establishment master one of the grand challenges for social work?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The life’s work of Barth and other well-meaning social workers who have done so much to build, maintain and expand the child welfare surveillance state has come under increasing scrutiny for the enormous harm it’s done to children.

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New child welfare data from NYC confirm: The “unintended abolition” worked!

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Key child safety measures show significant improvement A Black Families Matter rally in New York City in 2020. There are two principal ways to measure child safety and the performance of family policing agencies.

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Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel charts a better way forward

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

At last: A group involved in oversight of Maine child welfare that shows a real understanding of the problems. The Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel (MCWAP) Citizen Review Panel has produced a report with six recommendations. There's some good stuff in this report.

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Two stories about “shortages” in Massachusetts “child welfare.” One got it right.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

And, concerning solutions: So child welfare experts that I've spoken to have pointed to a few changes. Other states are as bad or worse, but, as it happens, the history of “child welfare” failure in Massachusetts is particularly well-documented.

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How the journalism of child welfare fails

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

they write as if they believe any parent whose child "had to be" taken away must be sick, sick sick! Reporters can identify with foster parents – they probably know some, or at least have friends who do – or if not that, then they may have friends who adopted a foster child.

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Some good, bad and ugly in new federal “child welfare” data

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The big national takeaway is that these data – once again – refute the racist myth about COVID-19 and “child welfare.” In 2021 Missouri tore apart families at nearly double the national average and the 10th highest rate in the country – even when rates of child poverty are factored in.

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End child welfare’s public celebration of family executions

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Termination of parental rights is child welfare's "death penalty." Except in child welfare. Termination of parental rights (or, as it should be called, termination of children’s rights to their parents) often is described as child welfare’s death penalty.

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In child welfare, where do ethics reviews come from?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

A “scholar” who insists there is little or no racial bias in child welfare writes a “predictive analytics” algorithm for the State of California. One of those algorithms attempts to stamp an invisible “scarlet number” risk score on every child at birth. KEY POINTS ?

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An ugly video illustrates that in “child welfare” health terrorism is still the go-to tactic

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The seeds of Q-Anon and Pizzagate were planted at the McMartin preschool, then grown and nurtured by a lot of “professionals” in "child welfare" who should have known better. Actually, for the group that calls itself Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), the behavior has never stopped.

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Maine’s child welfare ombudsman is dangerously wrong

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Maine's first child welfare ombudsman, Dean Crocker, understood the lessons from the tragic death of Logan Marr, who was taken when her family poverty was confused with "neglect" and killed in foster care. But one reason is the state’s child welfare “ombudsman,” Christine Alberi.

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Child welfare lessons from New York City’s “unintended abolition”

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

How do we solve child neglect, how do we keep children safe in this country? ACS Administration for Children's Services Anna Arons child abuse child welfare family preservation foster care unintended abolition

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When “child welfare” oppressors demand that the oppressed be nice to them, it’s just one more form of oppression

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Attention child welfare garden partiers: The skunks have arrived Every year, the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse holds a four-day virtual extravaganza featuring more than 100 panels and speakers from around the world.

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The American Bar Association(!) just came damn close to calling for repeal of America’s three worst “child welfare” laws

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

They even acknowledged their own role in “contributing to racism in the legal field” in general and “within the child welfare legal field in particular…” Offhand, I can’t think of an organization that says “establishment” more than the American Bar Association.

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Maine’s child welfare providers produce a "framework" for false consensus

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Multiple organizations in Maine – but with the lead organizations dominated by private “providers” have put out a document they’re calling “A Framework for Child Welfare Reform” in that state. Reducing what we call child abuse is a problem that does not require any of those documents.

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The $20 million boondoggle that perfectly illustrates the banality of child welfare thinking

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

But it’s hard to imagine anything that more perfectly captures the banality of child welfare thinking than this waste of $20 million: Five organizations will spend this federal grant money to create a “Quality Improvement Center on Engaging Youth in Finding Permanency.”

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Tips for Child Welfare Organizations to Improve Handling of Caseloads

Famcare

In the United States, there are around 328,120 child welfare employees. But, in the meanwhile, here's how child welfare agencies might better manage greater caseloads. Child Welfare human services software Family and Child Welfare

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Congress Works to Protect Indian Child Welfare Act

Beyond Advocacy

Capitol Visitor Center, First Street and East Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20515, to explore legislative remedies should the Supreme Court overturn the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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A Pennsylvania case illustrates again why, for children, “best interests of the child” is among the most dangerous phrases in the “child welfare” lexicon

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The fundamental fact of American “child welfare” is that if you’re not white and affluent the system will discriminate against you. That’s not unique to “child welfare” of course, but the field seems to be “in denial” about it to an extraordinary degree.)

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The good news: A public radio station in Kansas City talked to the right people for a "child welfare" story. The bad news: They still missed the point

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Often, when I single out for criticism particular stories about “child welfare” – or as it should be called family policing, it’s because the reporter never bothered to even speak to parents who have had their children taken, or to lawyers for such parents.

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Is even a moment of self-reflection too much to ask? In child welfare – and journalism – apparently, yes.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

It’s about how Greg Abbott’s war against transgender children is catching in the “child protective services” net people who never thought they’d be there – white, affluent families. For more than half of all Black children, a child abuse investigation will be part of their childhoods.

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“Child welfare” in Washington State: No AMBER Alert, no release of alleged kidnapper’s photo for days after a foster mother allegedly kidnaps a child in her care. And almost no media coverage either.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS FOSTER CHILD AND/OR THIS FOSTER PARENT? VERNON, WASHINGTON STATE POLICE AT (360) 428-3211 It was more than a week before anyone realized the foster child on the left was missing. She claimed the younger child already had been returned.

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The Los Angeles Times is getting child welfare wrong again – and that’s bad news for Los Angeles children

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

The former Times reporter and still their go-to guy for child welfare stories continues to soft-peddle racial bias. LA Weekly noted how the Times quietly backed off claims in a Therolf story about child abuse deaths. ?

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Did child welfare fearmongering contribute to the increase in COVID among children?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

11, 2021 R emember how some of America’s latter-day child savers told us we’ve got to get the kids back in school as soon as possible to protect them from a “pandemic of child abuse” at the hands of their own parents? 16) two promoted the myth about COVID and child abuse.

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Power, privilege, and passing judgment in “child welfare”: The Massachusetts “Child Advocate” gets it wrong again

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Massachusetts "Child Advocate" Maria Mossaides Consider the relative positions and power of two women in Massachusetts. Crystal Sorey is the mother of Harmony Montgomery, a child who was taken from her because of her illness – drug use - and ultimately placed with her father.

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Shelter Confronts Child Welfare Inequity

Shelter, Inc

The harsh reality is not all children are represented equally in the child welfare system, nor do they have equal outcomes. Yet, study after study show child abuse and neglect is lower in Black families than white families.

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Two almost identical “child welfare” cases. Same state. One mother’s treatment is “respectful and understanding” the other is arrested, hogtied and jailed. You’ll never guess the difference. (OK, you probably will.)

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

But when it comes to what happens to those investigated for "child neglect" they can be worlds apart. She was being tailed by a local busybody who was apparently horrified by the sight of a child getting some exercise in the neighborhood, and then walking into her own home – by herself!!!

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Child welfare in Arizona: Don’t believe the spin from the agency where workers called themselves “professional kidnappers.”

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

As you may recall, that study estimated that in two of America’s 20 largest counties, Los Angeles and Maricopa (metropolitan Phoenix), more than 70 percent of Black children would be forced to endure the trauma of a child abuse investigation before they turn 18.

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The New York Times rediscovers wrongful removal, class bias and racial bias in child welfare – and gets a lot right. But the story is marred by some glaring errors.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Monday: Context for the new study : The Administration for Children’s Services’ own data show that when the agency pulled back, did fewer investigations and took fewer children – child safety improved. ? s Child Welfare System Racist?

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NCCPR in The Imprint: Safety Science is Good for Aviation, But in Child Welfare, it Won’t Fly

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

He wrote: “Child protection is perhaps the only field where some child deaths are assumed to be inevitable, no matter how hard we work to stop them.” I know of no fire chief who has claimed it’s possible to prevent any child from ever dying in a fire. I know of no police chief who says we can ensure that no child ever will be shot to death on the street. I know of no doctor who promises that no child ever will die of cancer.

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The good news: A public radio station in Kansas City talked to the right people for a "child welfare" story. The bad news: They still missed the point

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

Often, when I single out for criticism particular stories about “child welfare” – or as it should be called family policing, it’s because the reporter never bothered to even speak to parents who have had their children taken, or to lawyers for such parents.

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A Helpful Guide to KVC’s Mental Health and Child Welfare Services in Kansas and Missouri

KVC

These services strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help both children and adults achieve mental health wellness. If you are wondering what mental health and child welfare services KVC provides and in which areas, this guide is for you!

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NCCPR in Youth Today: In child welfare, if the solution is money, the problem is poverty

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

In the beginning, the builders of what would become a system of massive intrusion into families , and, ultimately, the separation of millions of children from their parents, all in the name of “child welfare,” insisted that poverty had nothing at all to do with what they labeled “child abuse” and “child neglect.” Child abuse crosses class lines” was the mantra in the 1970s and 1980s.