ERIC Number: ED284154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Abused Children in America: Victims of Official Neglect. A Report of the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundredth Congress, First Session together with Additional Views and Dissenting Views.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This Congressional report confirms the increasing tragedy of child abuse and neglect in the United States and documents the decline in resources available to serve those children. It is based on a survey conducted of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine what information was available about the extent of child abuse and neglect, and to learn what resources and services exist to prevent and treat child abuse. Findings are reported which reveal that: (1) reports of child abuse are rising, particularly of child sexual abuse and child neglect; (2) reported cases are becoming more serious and complex; (3) economic hardships of families are a primary contributor to abuse; (4) cuts in federal aid have resulted in inadequate public resources to address child abuse; and (5) state child protective service systems are strained and staff are overburdened. The report notes that it is possible to prevent and treat child abuse with a variety of cost-effective programs and that states are placing greater emphasis on prevention. Chapter I focuses on reports of child abuse and neglect. Chapter II examines resources available to states for child protection and child welfare services. Chapter III looks at how states investigate reports and provide services. Chapter IV deals with effective programs and recent initiatives. Chapter V presents state fact sheets of survey responses. One figure, 32 tables, 3 appendices, and additional and dissenting views are included. (NB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Federal Aid, Financial Problems, Government Role, National Surveys, Prevention, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, Sexual Abuse, State Action
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.