Child Welfare

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence publishes report citing Safe and Together™ model

In January 2011, the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence published a report entitled Supporting Battered Mothers Protects Children: Reducing the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. The report was created at the request of the Chairman of the Missouri Children’s Services Commission, Representative Jeff Grisamore.  As it indicates […]

New Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner outlines her position on domestic violence

On March 21, 2011,  Connecticut’s new Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz sent out an all staff memo regarding the agency’s approach to domestic violence. In the memo the  former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, outlined her support for the work of the Department’s domestic violence consultants, the Safe […]

When Failure to Protect Fails to Protect Children

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director I recently had a conversation with child protection investigators about their use of “failure to protect.” When I suggested that failure to protect was not helpful to child welfare’s mission, some of the workers agreed and some disagreed. It led to […]

Replace “Minimizing” with Assessments Beneficial to Child Safety

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director Child welfare workers regularly state that one of their frustrations with having domestic violence cases is that survivors “minimize.” It’s been my experience, however, that when those cases are described to me, workers often have actually learned quite a lot of […]