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    CAPTA: Successes and Failures at Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session (August 2, 2001).

    Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. House-Hrg-107-28 2002-00-00 181p.

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    Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials (090) EDRS Price MF01/PC08 Plus Postage. *Child Abuse; *Child Neglect; Child Welfare; Children; Community Planning; Federal Legislation; Government Role; *Hearings; Parent Rights; Parent Role; *Prevention; Program Effectiveness; *Public Policy *Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; Congress 107th; *Reauthorization Legislation

    These transcripts present testimony from the first hearing on the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), focusing on CAPTA's implementation and administration since its last reauthorization, and effective and ineffective practice in child abuse and neglect prevention. Opening statements were made by Representatives Peter Hoekstra and Tim Roemer. Testimony was heard from: (1) Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, describing proposals for increasing funding to current programs and for funding new programs to strengthen fatherhood and marriage and to support maternity group homes; (2) a professor of social work at the University of Pennsylvania, advocating additional training for caseworkers; (3) a research fellow from the Heritage Foundation, pointing out the need to maintain due process rights for accused parents; (4) a representative of the National Child Abuse Coalition, arguing that the government's role should shift toward prevention and focus on the child protection infrastructure, community prevention, and research and demonstration; and (5) a representative of a national child abuse and neglect prevention organization, highlighting the work of the organization and advocating language targeting child abuse and neglect prevention. Questions for witnesses included balancing the roles of government and parents, proposed reductions in research funding, the need for coordinated community planning, and a request for written information on effective prevention and treatment programs. Written statements of the chairman and some of the witnesses, articles on CAPTA submitted for the record, and position statements from national and regional organizations are appended. (KB)

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  • CAPTA: SUCCESSES AND FAILURES AT

    PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

    HEARING BEFORE THE

    SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

    OF THE

    COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    ONE HUNDRED SEVENTH CONGRESS FIRST SESSION

    HEARING HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC, AUGUST 2, 2001

    Serial No. 107-28

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    COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE

    JOHN A. BOEHNER, Ohio, Chairman

    THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin MARGE ROUKEMA, New Jersey CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina PETER HOEKSTRA, Michigan HOWARD P. "BUCK" McKEON, California MICHAEL N. CASTLE, Delaware SAM JOHNSON, Texas JAMES C. GREENWOOD, Pennsylvania LINDSEY 0. GRAHAM, South Carolina MARK E. SOUDER, Indiana CHARLIE W. NORWOOD, JR., Georgia BOB SCHAFFER, Colorado FRED UPTON, Michigan VAN HILLEARY, Tennessee VERNON J. EHLERS, Michigan THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado ERNEST L. FLETCHER, Kentucky JIM DeMINT, South Carolina JOHNNY ISAKSON, Georgia BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia JUDY BIGGERT, Illinois TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania PATRICK J. TIBER!, Ohio RIC KELLER, Florida TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska JOHN ABNEY CULBERSON, Texas

    GEORGE MILLER, California DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan MAJOR R. OWENS, New York DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey PATSY MINK, Hawaii ROBERT E. ANDREWS, New Jersey TIM ROEMER, Indiana ROBERT C. "BOBBY" SCOTT, Virginia LYNN C. WOOLSEY, California LYNN N. RIVERS, Michigan RUBEN HINOJOSA, Texas CAROLYN McCARTHY, New York JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts RON KIND, Wisconsin LORETTA SANCHEZ, California HAROLD E. FORD, JR., Tennessee DENNIS KUCINICH, Ohio DAVID WU, Oregon RUSH D. HOLT, New Jersey HILDA L. SOLIS, California SUSAN DAVIS, California BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota

    Paula Nowakowski, Chief of Staff John Lawrence, Minority Staff Director

    SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

    PETER HOEKSTRA, Michigan, Chairman

    PATRICK TIBER!, Vice Chairman THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin JAMES C. GREENWOOD, Pennsylvania CHARLIE W. NORWOOD, JR., Georgia BOB SCHAFFER, Colorado VAN HILLEARY, Tennessee TODD RUSSELL PLAITS, Pennsylvania

    TIM ROEMER, Indiana ROBERT C. SCOTT, Virginia RUSH D. HOLT, New Jersey SUSAN DAVIS, California BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota LORETTA SANCHEZ, California

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    Table of Contents

    OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN PETE HOEKSTRA, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION, COMMITTEE ON EDUCATON AND THE WORKFORCE, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON, D.0 2

    STATEMENT OF RANKING MEMBER TIM ROEMER, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION, COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON, D.0 4

    STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE WADE F. HORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, WASHINGTON, DC 5

    STATEMENT OF RICHARD J. GELLES, JOANNE AND RAYMOND WELSH CHAIR OF CHILD WELFARE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

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    STATEMENT OF PATRICK FAGAN, WILLIAM H.G. FITZGERALD RESEARCH FELLOW, FAMILY AND CULTURAL ISSUES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, WASHINGTON, D.0 17

    STATEMENT OF CHARLES WILSON, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CENTER, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 20

    STATEMENT OF DEBORAH STRONG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PREVENT CHILD ABUSE MICHIGAN, ON BEHALF OF PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 23

    APPENDIX A -- WRITTEN OPENING STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN PETE HOEKSTRA, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION, COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON, D.C. 37

    APPENDIX B -- WRITTEN STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE WADE F. HORN, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, WASHINGTON, D.C. 41

    APPENDIX C -- WRITTEN STATEMENT OF DR. RICHARD J. GELLES, JOANNE AND RAYMOND WELSH CHAIR OF CHILD WELFARE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 59

    APPENDIX D -- WRITTEN STATEMENT OF MR. PATRICK FAGAN, WILLIAM H.G. FITZGERALD RESEARCH FELLOW, FAMILY AND CULTURAL ISSUES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION, WASHINGTON, D.0 75

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    APPENDIX E -- WRITTEN STATEMENT OF MR. CHARLES WILSON, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CENTER, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 87

    APPENDIX F WRITTEN STATEMENT OF MS. DEBORAH STRONG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PREVENT CHILD ABUSE MICHIGAN, ON BEHALF OF PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 105

    APPENDIX G SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, BY JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN, ARTICLES: "CAPTA RE-AUTHORIZATION ISSUE: EXPANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ROLE IN CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS"; "CAPTA RE-AUTHORIZATION ISSUE: REQUIRING "OPEN COURTS" IN JUVENILE DEPENDENCY HEARINGS": AND "CAPTA RE-AUTHORIZATION ISSUE: ELIMINATING RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT" 115

    APPENDIX H SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY THE NATIONAL NETWORK TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. 131

    APPENDIX I SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, LETTER AND STATEMENT BY THE McAULEY INSTITUTE. 139

    APPENDIX J SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY THE NATIONAL RESPITE COALITION 147

    APPENDIX K SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE IS A LEGAL DUTY, INC., AND ARTICLE "CHILD FATALITIES FROM RELIGION-MOTIVATED MEDICAL NEGLECT ". 157

    APPENDIX L SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY THE CONSORTIUM FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES TASK FORCE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. 169

    APPENDIX M SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAMS FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITES 177

    APPENDIX N SUBMITTED FOR THE RECORD, WRITTEN TESTIMONY BY DR. DAVID OLDS, DIRECTOR, PREVENTION RESEARCH CENTE