Hot Topics in Child Welfare

What’s going on in the world of child welfare?  What’s new?  What’s working well, what needs advocacy or change?  Here is the place to list anything related to child welfare.

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  1. Dismantling Racism:

    Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change
    In case you missed them, we have archived the first five webinars of this 6-part series:
    Using an Institutional Analysis to Identify Core Issues and Spur Change
    Community Collaboration & Grassroots Effort (Cross-systems & Tribal Partnerships)
    A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare
    Slow and Steady Wins the RACE of Child Welfare Equity
    Strengthening Our Efforts Through Partnerships with Academia

    The 6th and final session on sustainability will be held in September. Look for registration coming soon.
    How has this series impacted you or your work?
    If you have attended any of the webinars in this series, please let us know how the series is impacting you by answering this one question survey.

  2. Child Maltreatment 2016 Shows Increase in Number of Investigations and Child Victims
    The number of child maltreatment investigations and the number of child victims increased between 2012 and 2016 according to newly released federal reporting data on child abuse and neglect.

    Child Maltreatment 2016, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, is the 27th report in the Child Maltreatment series. The report compiles state data collected through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The report includes information on reports made to child protective services (CPS) agencies, demographics of the children involved, types of maltreatment, CPS responses, the number of fatalities, child and caregiver risk factors, perpetrators of abuse and neglect, and available services.

    Highlights of the report include:
    • The national estimate of children who received a CPS investigation increased from 3,172,000 in 2012 to 3,472,000 in 2016 (9.5 percent).
    • The rounded number of annual victims increased from 656,000 in 2012 to an estimated 676,000 in 2016 (3 percent).
    • Nearly three-quarters of the victims were neglected (74.8 percent), 18.2 percent were physically abused, and 8.5 percent were sexually abused.
    • An estimated 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect in 2016 (at a rate of 2.36 per 100,000 children in the United States).
    • Seventy percent of the child fatalities involved children younger than 3 years.

    View the report here:

  3. Dismantling Racial Inequity #3: A Data-Driven Approach to Improving Outcomes for Black Girls in Child Welfare

    This webinar provides an overview of the data collection efforts of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services which led to an extensive data warehouse. Content will highlight how data has been used to inform child welfare practice—finding the bright spots of success as well as gaps in service. This use of data led to a recognition that, within Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services (OCYF), black adolescent girls fared the worst in all child welfare outcomes. Community collaborations and data sharing have led to an in-depth understanding of the inequities facing black girls in all areas of life. There now exists the Black Girls Equity Alliance, led by Gwen’s Girls, that has brought together several community agencies to address the needs of our girls. Use of data is instrumental in this work as well as ongoing efforts within OCYF to address the racial disproportionality that exists along the child welfare continuum.

    Presenters include Kathi Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP, Executive Director of Gwen’s Girls, and Angela Y. Steele, MSW, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services.


  4. April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month” by presidential proclamation in 1985. Across the nation, organizations and citizens dedicated to supporting children and families use this time to stress the importance of working together to prevent child abuse. Wisconsin’s Child Abuse Prevention Month message to “Say Something, Do Something for Kids” is designed to help individuals and communities understand that making a difference for a child may be as simple as supportive words or lending a hand.

    In anticipation for Child Abuse Prevention Month, Brown County Child Protection would like to highlight resources and local events in regard to child abuse prevention and awareness.

    Local Events:
    • April 3, 12pm: Family Services Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick Off (Hagemeister Park)
    o Network with local agencies, Excellence in Advocacy Award, Guest Speakers and more
    • April 5, 12pm: CASA of Brown County Hands Around the Courthouse (Brown County Courthouse)
    o A community gathering to join hands around the courthouse to symbolize support for abused and neglected children
    • Free Webinars on Child Abuse and Neglect:
    • 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Tool Kit:
    • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Website:
    In addition to the resources and events mentioned above, please SAVE THE DATE!
    Please save the date of May 31, 2017 for “Marks that Matter: Detection of Physical Abuse in Young Children” presented by the Brown County Multidisciplinary Team on Physical Abuse Injuries in Young Children.
    Admission is complimentary, but registration is required to attend. More information about registration will be sent out the week of April 19, 2017.
    About the Training:
    On May 31, 2017, Dr. Lynn Sheets from Children’s Hospital will present “Marks that Matter: Detection of Physical Abuse in Young Children” at University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. The intended audience for this training is law enforcement agencies, Child Advocacy Center Staff, Corporation Counsel Office, child protection, District Attorney’s Office, medical providers and individuals who work with young children and have a mandated responsibility to report physical abuse. During this day we will also go over the interagency agreement and review a previous case.

  5. Children and Family Legislation into Law on 2-4-2016

    SB-309 Out-of-home Care Use of the reasonable and prudent parent standard for making decisions concerning the participation of a child placed in out-of-home care in age or developmentally appropriate activities, permanency planning for a child 14 years of age or over, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (Act 128)

    SB-308 Successor Guardian Appointment of a successor guardian for a child in need of protection or services and eligibility of a successor guardian for subsidized guardianship payments, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (Act 129)

    SB-304 DCF Rules Amending various rules promulgated by the Department of Children and Families governing the certification of child care operators, governing the licensing of child welfare agencies, and establishing standards for the operation of child care centers; and eliminating rules promulgated by the Department of Children and Families related to retaining public assistance case records. (Act 132)

    SB-386 Birth Parent Access to Child’s Information Access by a birth parent whose parental rights have been terminated in this state to identifying information about his or her child and access to medical and genetic information about such a birth parent. (Act 134)

    SB-253 Subsidized Guardianship Eligibility for monthly subsidized guardianship payments of a person who develops a familial relationship with a child or the child’s family during the child’s placement in out-of-home care, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (Act 143)

    AB-574 Electronic Juvenile Court Records The disclosure of electronic juvenile court records to a county department of human services or social services for purposes of providing intake and depositional services. (Act 144)

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