Connecting the Dots

Child Protective Service ("CPS") records are contained within state lines. In the mobile and transient world, the lack of data sharing harms children. CPS records are not accessible to investigators across state lines. For example, as abuse escalates, perpetrators have moved children across state lines to stop a CPS investigation. The investigation stops. The abuse does not stop. Children are left in these homes with abusers and even further isolated in a new city. If and when CPS is called in the new city, the new investigator does not have access to records in other states when determining risk of further harm. "1,720 children died as a result of child maltreatment in 2017, placing the

Legislation Aimed at Training Doctors to Better Identify Child Abuse Introduced in House and Senate

Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act (S.1009/H.R. 2076) Nearly 1 in 3 abused children has been seen previously by a medical provider with an injury that was not recognized as abuse. These injuries, known as “sentinel injuries”, are often minor – an isolated bruise or a small lesion to the mouth, for example. Because they often appear so seemingly minor, however, these sentinel injuries may not be recognized as abuse. J. Pediatrics Vol 131, Issue 4 (April 2013) The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports the Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act. The Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a demonstrat

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