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NAPCWA submits statement for hearing on Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment.

National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators

an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association

On July 26,2011, APHSA and its affiliate, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators, submitted a statement for the record in response to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources hearing on Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment. APHSA and NAPCWA comments focused on: (1) what the national database system tells us and how states use collected information to inform practice; (2) the need to engage states in implementation of GAO recommendations; and (3) what Congress can do to support states and the federal government as they focus on reducing child fatalities due to maltreatment and foster strategies that focus on early intervention and prevention. The statement urged Congress to consider the following:

* Seeking states' input on reform efforts to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of national data on child fatalities

* Not including unfunded mandates on states

* Providing federal funding to support specialized training in professional schools

* Requiring HHS to create better guidelines to improve NCANDS data collection on child fatalities.

The full statement is available at www.aphsa.org.

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Title Annotation:association news; National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators
Publication:Policy & Practice
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2011
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