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The CECANF Crosswalk

Since the sunset of CECANF, much discussion has been had regarding next steps. Stakeholders and policymakers continue to grapple with the issue of eliminating CAN fatalities as well as child maltreatment in general. Reconciling the information learned from the numerous recommendations made by CECANF has been a challenge in the current political climate. However, our nation can ill afford to sit idly by as another eight children die each day from abuse and neglect.

CECANF’s results give the President and Congress a thorough accounting of informed and expertly developed recommendations that should effectively work to eliminate CAN fatalities and serve as a platform to reduce child maltreatment in our country.

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The Next Horizon for Home Visiting

Through the passage of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program in 2010, the home visiting field was challenged to meet a new level of quality and give communities greater ability to improve the lives of families and young children throughout the nation. MIECHV was enacted as an enhancement to the Maternal and Child Health provisions of the Social Security Act at a time when heightened attention was focused on evidence of effectiveness in early childhood policies. MIECHV drew on the wealth of research on successful home visiting models and was groundbreaking in directly tying funding to evidence-based practices and future outcomes. In doing so, MIECHV also raised the bar within the home visiting field by requiring evidence of program effectiveness.

 

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Within Our Reach

 

A national strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities.

The federal government has had its eye on preventing child abuse and neglect fatalities for some time.  Previous commissions reports brought the problem to the nation’s awareness and made specific recommendations. Some of these recommendations have been implemented, but the number of child maltreatment fatalities has not decreased. In fact, data submitted to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) between 2001 and 2010 show a slight increase in fatalities over the decade.

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The Dissenting Report of The Honorable Judge Patricia M. Martin Commissioner

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The current Child Welfare System is not designed to prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities. Instead, a closer look would suggest that at best, it is designed, through Child Protective Services, to react to abuse and neglect that too often results in a child fatality. The current system ostensibly seeks reunification as the ultimate goal of any removal, though, ironically, it seldom focuses on enhancing protective factors. Hence, the Child Welfare System in our country is reactive and somewhat ineffective in the prevention of child abuse and neglect fatalities.

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Moving the Marker Forward

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Since 1990, the federal government has utilized its authority to focus attention on the issues of child welfare including maltreatment, poverty, disparities, and fatalities. Much progress has been made to provide our children with better outcomes in health and overall economic success. Still there remains much to be done. Nevertheless, this exposition is international in scope and considers the perspective of the global community.

Currently there is a push for child welfare finance reform which we believe is necessary. However, we also believe that it is necessary to first evaluate and to reform child welfare functionality. We must know what works, what does not, what needs to be tweaked and what needs to be thrown away before deciding where and how the funding streams should be managed. It would be pointless to throw money (new or redirected) at efforts which yield no fruit and have no evidence of ever yielding fruit.

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