National Legislative Updates

How Communities are Preventing Trauma

How Communities Are Preventing Trauma The new Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience report outlines specific framework and strategies for building resilience in areas highly affected by trauma in an effort to improve community health and safety. The report from the Prevention Institute outlines specific examples from cities across the country, such as reducing violence and promoting community resilience in Milwaukee, creating prevention training materials in Oakland, and reducing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide in communities of color in Tacoma and San Diego. Children’s Trust also has developed a South Carolina prevention framework around its Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative, which seeks a
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GAO Issues Report on Adoptions and Unregulated Custody Transfers

  Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on the issue of unregulated custody transfers what some in the news media have labeled as “rehoming.” The GAO report, Steps Have Been Taken to Address Unregulated Custody Transfers of Adopted Children was undertaken at the request of Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI). News reports approximately two years ago tracked the practice of some adoptive parents transferring their adopted child to another home through postings on the internet, and bypassing the state courts and sometimes subjecting the children to abusive or neglect situations. The news
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Report Estimates Economic Costs of Child Maltreatment

A report by the Perryman Group provides a new estimate of economic aspects and costs of child maltreatment. The study analyzed 2014 national data related to lifetime social and social welfare costs and lost earnings due to non-fatal maltreatment. The cost of maltreatment has been associated with health-care expenses, social welfare services, criminal justice, and education. Findings include: Overall health-care costs increased during childhood and resulted in a loss of approximately $270.9 billion in the production of goods and services; Individual occurrences of first-time child maltreatment cost the national economy about $1.8 million in total expenditures; and Overall, additional social
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