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Since its establishment by executive order in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children from deportation. The oldest DACA recipients are now in their 30s, and many have children - in fact, over 250,000 of them... More . . .
Forty-five national organizations and 157 statewide groups have endorsed a letter to Congress, expressing grave concern with the ongoing treatment of children at the United States border and urging Congress and the current Administration to immediately end these abusive acts toward children.
The letter, sent by More . . .
Irresponsible expert witnesses have created and perpetuated a false controversy regarding the science underpinning the diagnosis of abusive head trauma.
A product of the Abusive Head Trauma Expert Committee, this policy paper seeks to present attorneys and other child maltreatment professionals with information and strategies to... More . . .
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is an interdisciplinary organization of professionals working in the field of child maltreatment. APSAC is deeply concerned and profoundly dismayed at the maltreatment of immigrant children by the United States governme... More . . .
The annual release of federal child maltreatment reports provides an opportunity for advocates to highlight issues within the Child Protective Services systems, including the wide variations among states in definitions, policy and practice; the existence of millions of scree... More . . .
A new resource from the Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws Committee, the Digest of Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws features a comprehensive collection of the most current reporting laws from every jurisdiction in both the United States and in Australia.
Organized in two searchable PDF downloads, each volume includes a hyperlink... More . . .
APSAC has filed an amicus brief in the New Jersey Supreme Court arguing that the state’s trial courts should admit testimony regarding sexual abuse accommodation syndrome (SAAS). The case, New Jersey v. J.L.G., arose in Hudson County. The defendant was criminally charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter over 18 months... More . . .
What if we designed effective prevention programs for pedophiles before they acted out on their inappropriate desires?
This is the topic that Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau, one of the CCP Experts, discusses during her TEDMED talk about preventing child sexual abuse. By using a public health approach to addressing chi... More . . .
In January 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court heard the case State of New Jersey v. J.L.G, in which the defendant was convicted for several sexual offenses against his step-granddaughter, who was between ten and twelve years old when the alleged offenses took place. The alleged victim failed to disclose the defendant's conduct to any adult. Inst... More . . .
All states provide some form of immunity for people and professionals required to report suspected abuse of children, but sometimes the immunity provided by the law is not enough to protect the reporter from serious, potentially career-ending retaliation for fulfilling their duty to make a report.
CCP expert committee... More . . .
Article Authored By: Kelli Hughes, JD; Frank Vandervort, JD
On Monday, June 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appeals court to rule against President Trump’s revised travel ban and to affirm the injunction issued by the Federal District Court of Hawai’i in March.
APSAC submitted a... More . . .
Kathryn Piper, JD, PhD, is set to present her research on Differential Response programs at the 2017 APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine.
Dr. Piper's research study - Differential Response in Child Protection: How Much is Too Much? -... More . . .
APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, is set to feature an intensive workshop on the critical issue of Opioid Use and Child Maltreatment.
Legal Substances That May Impair Parental Functioning: Prescrip... More . . .
2017 APSAC Advanced Training Summit - Workshops on Abusive Head Trauma
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APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, will feature several workshops on Child Maltreatment Reporting Laws. The workshops will tackle some of the current problems with reporting law using the most up-to-date research on the subject.
The general framework for the Center for Child Policy analysis process was informed by research on over 150 US and International policy organizations and think tanks.
This process was then adapted specifically considering the charac... More . . .
APSAC's Advanced Training Summit, held June 21-23, 2017 in Portland, Maine, will feature workshops on many of the topic areas that our Policy Analysis Committees will address. The expert presenters and the information they present will certainly inform our subsequent work on each topic.
Here is a listing of all the wor... More . . .
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is excited to announce the launch of the APSAC Center for Child Policy. The goal of the APSAC Center for Child Policy is to translate the best available research findings into useable resources for policy make... More . . .
The first step in the analysis process - to identify, and then prioritize, critical practice and policy issues - is also the most important step. The goal is to uncover high priority, critical issues in the child maltreatment field that have are in need of being addressed.
Issue identification and prioritization can happen a mult... More . . .
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