How We Measured States’ Compliance With a Forgotten Federal Child Abuse Law

How We Measured States’ Compliance With a Forgotten Federal Child Abuse Law

Emily Palmer, Pro Publica (December 13, 2019)

The Globe and ProPublica measured states’ and territories’ compliance with the primary federal child abuse law for children not in foster care, known by its acronym CAPTA, focusing on five provisions identified by experts as among the most important. Over more than two years, child welfare agencies were surveyed about their efforts to protect children. The survey responses, which were also reviewed by child welfare experts from around the country, showed that every child welfare agency fell short in at least one category.

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