Evaluating Families Investigated by Child Protective Services

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

sad child reflection (D. Sharon Pruitt)

When Child Protective Services investigates a household where a child may have been abused, that family has a small chance of seeing improvements, according to a new study out of the University of Utah, set to be published in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Kristine Campbell, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah, and the author of the study, does not place all the blame on CPS, and believes there needs to be other support networks in place to help these households.

Mike Arsham, director of the Child Welfare Organizing Project in New York City, believes that CPS investigations can be very traumatizing, and that there needs to be more systems in place to provide families support and preservation.


Mike Arsham and Kristine Campbell

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Richard Wexler from Alexandria VA

You don’t have to *solve* poverty as Prof. Campbell suggests to transform child protective services from a force that often harms children to one that is genuinely helpful.

As the excellent work of the Child Welfare Organizing Project makes clear, you need only shift the emphasis from confusing poverty with “neglect” to ameliorating poverty’s worst effects: things like day care assistance so a single mother doesn’t have to choose between being fired and leaving her child home alone and rent subsidies so families aren’t torn apart for lack of housing. This kind of help also costs far less than foster care.

Sadly, in New York City, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly has been leading a full-scale retreat from these kinds of reforms. Details are in our report on New York City child welfare on our website here: http://bit.ly/8ZxHsC and on our Child Welfare Blog: http://bit.ly/aHF4S6

Richard Wexler
Executive Director
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform

Oct. 05 2010 11:37 AM

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