Keeping Kids Safe: Exploring Public - Private Partnerships to Prevent Abuse and Strengthen Families

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DIANE Publishing, 1992 - Psychology - 153 pages
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Spotlights specific efforts to promote and strengthen families. Explores the federal role in converting social welfare programs into family investment programs to prevent abuse and preserve families. Hearings before Congress. 12 witnesses including representatives from: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, William Penn Foundation, Hawaii Family Stress Center, Families First and many more.

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Page 9 - Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, it is indeed an honor for me to appear here today to request the Committee's consideration of two items which are of great importance to Oklahoma.
Page 14 - Most American children are healthy, happy, and secure. They belong to warm, loving families. For them, life is filled with the joys of childhood — growing, exploring, learning, and dreaming — and tomorrow is full of hope and promise.
Page 68 - ... 6. Education under 12 years 7. Inadequate emergency contacts (eg, no immediate family contacts) 8. History of substance abuse 9. Late (after 12 weeks) or no prenatal care 10. History of abortions 11. History of psychiatric care 12. Abortion unsuccessfully sought or attempted 13. Relinquishment for adoption sought or attempted 14. Marital or family problems 15. History of or current depression Systematic identification of at risk families is key to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Page 35 - Support programs for new parents; Education for parents; Early and regular child and family screening and treatment; Child care opportunities; Programs for abused children and young adults; Life skills training for children and young adults; Self-help groups and other neighborhood supports; Family support services; Support through the workplace; and Public information and education on child abuse prevention.
Page 68 - Identification 1. Marital status— single, separated, divorced 2. Partner unemployed 3. Inadequate income (per patient) or no information regarding source of income 4. Unstable housing 5. No phone 6. Education under 12 years 7. Inadequate emergency contacts (eg, no immediate family contacts) 8. History of substance abuse 9. Late (after 12 weeks) or no prenatal care 10.
Page 32 - States. The initial surveys focused exclusively on increases in the number of reports and the effects of budget cutbacks. Beginning in 1986, NCPCA developed a more standardized instrument which focused on the number and characteristics of child abuse reports, the number of child abuse fatalities and changes in the funding and scope of child welfare services. This instrument, which has been utilized for the past seven years, provides more reliable estimates of the number of reports and fatalities...
Page 36 - In other words, to provide the opportunity to tailor the service (eg. home visit) to the needs and characteristics of the parent and the child in their own natural setting. Home visits uniquely provide a way to reach isolated families, families that typically do not participate, families that are too distrustful or too disorganized to make their way to a center based program or a workers office.
Page 69 - As families become more stable, responsive to children's needs, and autonomous, the frequency of home visits diminishes. A family's promotion to Level IV means quarterly visit status, and quarterly visits continue until the target child is five years old. Thus, service intensity is constantly adjusted to the needs of the family, assuring that families who are doing well move along, and those needing more support are not promoted arbitrarily. The system of client levels assists in caseload management....
Page 41 - A wonderful model embracing these dimensions which reaches all first time parents with intensive home visitor services already exists in the State of Hawaii There, over the past seven years, the state's Maternal and Child Health Program has pilot tested, evaluated and now put into place for over 50% of their new parents a program called "Healthy Start.
Page 70 - An earlier service program stopped following f amilif s once they were, no longer considered "high risk." In a number of these families, cases of child abuse and neglect were reported later. Family situations can deteriorate, and the birth of subsequent children can add to family stress. Learning from our earlier experience, we designed the Healthy Start program to maintain follow-up until the target child reaches age five and enters school. At that point, the educational system provides at least...

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