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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Child Maltreatment 2019
Reports on rates of children receiving child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment, using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Offers information on availability and access to child protective services at the state and territory level, including how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services. Mentions rural responses in Connecticut, Minnesota, Nevada, and North Dakota.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Trust
An interview with Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, sharing how the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses efforts to help West Virginia organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities, support for mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color, support for telehealth infrastructure, and a wide range of other activities to help meet the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect
Highlights a study on the correlation between opioid use disorder (OUD) and child maltreatment. Specifically, the effect buprenorphine treatment for OUD has on rates of maltreatment. Discusses challenges and considerations for rural areas.
Author(s): Robin Ghertner, Mir M. Ali
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Penetration among Child Welfare-Involved Caregivers
Highlights rates of substance use disorder (SUD) and SUD treatment among child welfare-involved caregivers in Washington. Breaks down data by county and by caregivers with SUD and those receiving treatment for SUD.
Additional links: Supplemental Maps
Author(s): Deleena Patton, Qinghua Liu, Ellen Kersten, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
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Mitigating COVID-19's Rural Impact on Families At-Risk for Violence and Child Maltreatment and Neglect
Discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 physical distancing measures on rural children experiencing maltreatment and those living in situations of intimate partner violence. Describes how rural communities and providers can help through community awareness efforts and changes to screening and other service delivery approaches.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Child Welfare Information Gateway - COVID-19 State Child Welfare and Related Health Resources
List of websites containing state-specific guidelines and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, as related to child health and welfare.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic
Tips to help multi-disciplinary teams respond to cases of child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has the potential to increase child abuse. Includes some information specific to rural communities.
Author(s): Victor I. Vieth, Robert J. Peters, Tyler Counsil, et al.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Zero Abuse Project
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Touchpoints for Addressing Substance Use Issues in Home Visiting: Phase 1 Final Report
Report details information and guidance for addressing substance use issues encountered during home visiting. Discusses substance use issues and the way home visiting can address those issues while supporting families. Features a number of questions and answers and includes discussion regarding home visiting in rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Mathematica, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
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Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination: Collaboration Assessment Tool
Details assessment criteria for collaborations between Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Coordination (TT-CW) programs. Provides instructions for conducting the assessment and includes a copy of the tool in the appendix.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tribal TANF-Child Welfare
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Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of the unique challenges rural communities face serving parents with substance abuse issues, including provider shortages, limited access to health insurance, transportation and technological barriers, and lack of routine cross-systems collaboration with the child welfare system. Offers strategies to overcome these challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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