Reports, Studies, and Policy Papers

Amicus Brief in IN RE GUARDIANSHIP OF V. V. The Massachusetts Supreme Court would ultimately be the first court in the U.S. to recognize a parent’s right to an attorney when their children are removed from their custody by the state.

Child Maltreatment Report 2013. This report was prepared by the Children’s Bureau (Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report is based on federal fiscal year 2013 data submitted by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The report reflects our commitment to provide the most complete national information about children and families known to states’ child protective services (CPS) agencies. Key findings in this report include:

■ From 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined, from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 23,000 fewer victims in 2013 (679,000) compared with 2009 (702,000).
■ Since 2009, overall rates of children who received a CPS response increased from 40.3 to 42.9 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 145,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2013 (3,188,000) compared to 2009 (3,043,000). States provide possible explanations for the increase in Appendix D, State Commentary.
■ Nationally, four-fifths (79.5%) of victims were neglected, 18.0 percent were physically abused, 9.0 percent were sexually abused and 8.7 percent were psychologically maltreated.
■For 2013, a nationally estimated 1,520 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the national population.
The Child Maltreatment 2013 report includes national- and state-level findings about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post-investigation services.

Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Produced by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, this report lists the conditions for termination of parental rights for each state.

Life After Lassiter,  By Clare Pastore. This article examines the repercussions of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lassiter which held there is no right to an attorney in civil proceedings.

Recantation and False Allegations of Child Abuse Selected Bibliography. This bibliography focuses specifically on literature related to recantation and false allegations of abuse experienced in childhood. The relationship between disclosure, memory, truthfulness, fantastical storytelling, suggestibility, and coaching with recantation and false allegations is complex. To the extent possible, this bibliography does not, except in passing, delve deeply into those topics, preferring instead to provide guidance to publications that specifically address the core topic of false allegations and recanted accusation. Those other topics so closely intertwined with the issue of false allegations and recantation will be addressed in subsequent bibliographies in this series.

Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. Many cases of child abuse and neglect are not reported, even when mandated by law. Therefore, nearly every State and U.S. territory imposes penalties, often in the form of a fine or imprisonment, on mandatory reporters who fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect as required by law. In addition, to prevent malicious or intentional reporting of cases that are not founded, many States and the U.S. Virgin Islands impose penalties against any person who files a report known to be false.