Most of the children & youth we foster have been abused.  The topics here offer guidance and training not only for you as a foster parent, but for the children and youth we foster.

Young girl fearfully crouching on floor in a corner against a dark plain wall with shadow of a figure looming over her.

Fear?  PTSD?  Threatened?  Past?  Future?

American Artist:  Max

Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - State Statutes = .25 Hrs
Current Through April 20109

This fact sheet discusses laws that designate the groups of professionals that are required to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. Reporting by other persons, the responsibilities of institutions in making reports, standards for making a report, and confidentiality of reports also are discussed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2019). Mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

Chronic child neglect occurs when a caregiver repeatedly fails to meet a child’s basic physical, developmental, and/or emotional needs over time, establishing a pattern of harmful conditions that can have long-term negative consequences for health and well-being. This differs from a report of child neglect, which refers to a single incident of failing to meet a child’s basic physical, psychological, or safety needs.

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Child Neglect: A Guide for Prevention, Assessment and Intervention (4 Hrs)

Provides a foundation for understanding child maltreatment and the roles and responsibilities of various practitioners in its prevention, identification, investigation, assessment, and treatment. 

4 Hrs Trainng
101 Pages pdf

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Children’s Bureau
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect