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Protecting America's Children

Join the Petition campaign requesting Congressional hearings on child abuse fatalities. Please add your signature.

The Coalition believes that as a nation, we can combat this problem and protect children.  We are asking Congress to:

  • Hold hearings to investigate child deaths caused by abuse and neglect
  • Provide emergency funds to stop state cuts in child protection services
  • Adopt a national strategy to prevent child abuse and stop these deaths
NASW is part of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (www.endchildabusedeaths.org) which is made up of five national organizations that came together following the release of the report "We Can Do Better: Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in America" at the Summit to End Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths in October 2009. The report recognizes the growing number of American children who die each year as a result of child abuse and neglect -- nearly 2,000 -- and several studies suggest that this is a low estimate of the actual number of deaths. Among rich democracies, this rate is 3 times higher than that of Canada and 11 times higher than that of Italy.

The 2009 Summit brought 150 child welfare professionals from across the country to Washington, DC for three days of discussions and the development of rtestecommendations to reduce the number of preventable deaths. . 

In April 2010, the new Coalition conducted an educational briefing on child abuse and neglect for Congressional staff on Capitol Hill.

In May 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began a study of child abuse fatalities associated with the child welfare system, and members of the Coalition have met with the GAO staff. The coalition also met with the commissioner of the federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) to voice its concerns and offer its assistance.

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