Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
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Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities is the final report of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, as mandated by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. This report discusses the Commission’s findings and presents both a comprehensive national strategy for fundamental reform, and recommendations specific to populations in need of special attention, including children currently known to child protective services agencies and at high risk for fatality: American Indian/Alaska Native children, and African American children. The report includes recommendations for actions by the executive branch, Congress, and states and counties that the Commission believes will be most effective in ending these tragic deaths, today and into the future.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Frontispiece 2
Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice 4
Commissioners 5
Commission Staff 6
Letter From the Chairman 8
Executive Summary: Our Promise to Children 12
Introduction 17
Chapter 1: Confronting the Tragedy of Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 22
Section I: Populations in Need of Special Attention 36
Hillsborough County, Florida: Using Data to Improve Practice and Keep Children Safe 38
Chapter 2: Saving Children’s Lives Today and Into the Future 42
Chapter 3: Addressing the Needs of American Indian/Alaska Native Children 52
Chapter 4: Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in Disproportionately Affected Communities 60
Section II: Components of the Commission’s National Strategy 68
Wichita, Kansas: Champions for Children 70
Chapter 5: Leadership and Accountability 74
Double Protection for Children: Connecting Law Enforcement and CPS 86
Chapter 6: Decisions Grounded in Better Data and Research 90
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community: Multiple Eyes on the Child 102
Chapter 7: Multidisciplinary Support for Families 106
Conclusion: Taking Our Recommendations Forward 120


Target audience are policymakers and youth welfare groups, as this report includes recommendations for actions by the executive branch, Congress, and states and counties that the Commission believes will be most effective in ending children's deaths resulting from child abuse, today and into the future.


Testimonial #1:
"The Family First Act aims to reduce the reliance on group homes and redirect funds to support evidence based time limited interventions to keep at risk families together,” said Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “That the Commission found consensus on this bipartisan, common-sense initiative is welcome news. I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure we get this proposal enacted into law.”

Testimonial #2:
“This report highlights the heartbreaking frequency of preventable child deaths, tragedies that Congress simply cannot continue to sweep aside,” Sen. Ron Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee said. “I’m grateful for the commissioners’ work and especially pleased the Commission supports the Family First Act, draft legislation that Chairman Hatch and I have been working on to keep vulnerable families safely together.”

Testimonial #3:
“Far too many children die each year from abuse and neglect. As Chairman of the Congressional subcommittee overseeing the nation’s child welfare system, I’m focused on finding ways to better protect children from harm,” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Commission’s report provides valuable information on how we can work to reduce these tragedies based on solutions from communities across the country, including from my own community in Hillsborough County, Florida. I commend the Commission for their thorough analysis of the problem as well as their thoughtful recommendations on ways we might address it, and I look forward to working with federal, state, and local leaders to improve the way we work together to keep kids safe."

Testimonial #4:
“The report provides a modest map to prevent child abuse, but we need the political drive to steer these changes into law and avoid lurching from one tragedy to another,” said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Resources and author of the legislation creating the Commission.  “With more state and federal leadership, we should provide the resources to build better coordinated partnerships that give vulnerable children hope. I am especially pleased by the unanimous recommendation to reauthorize the successful home visiting effort to empower young parents and know that we must also continue to explore new initiatives.”

SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION, ArticleA Strategy to Protect Our Children — from Government BookTalk by Bill Drew, April 8, 2016
"The commission’s strategy lays out a lot of reasonable action steps. Grounded in practicable research, it’s an earnest effort to produce evidence-based results. Results “within our reach” that will manifestly save children’s lives."

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, Section of Litigation Children's Rights Litigation- Practice PointsArticle: "Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse Fatalities dated March 23, 2016
"The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse Fatalities (Commission) has released 'Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse Fatalities.' The report includes recommendations focused on a 'proactive approach to child safety with a more strategic response to immediate crises, we hope to make prevention of fatalities standard practice.'"

THE WASHINGTON POST, Article: Keeping at-risk children out of harm's way by Editorial Board, March 19, 2016 
"We hope this thoughtful report is taken to heart by national, state and local policymakers. Some recommendations — like the need for states to review how they deal with reports of abuse and neglect for children under 3, those most at risk for fatality — can be immediately implemented."

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