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Message ID: 8219
Date: 2009-08-03

Author:NCCPRaol.com

Subject:Re: Rise in CM fatalities and classification of neglectful drownings

A clarification may be useful here: Florida has counted drownings as maltreatment deaths for a long time, if it is determined that neglect caused the drowning. The issue is: When is a drowning neglect and when is it an accident? Here is how the Florida Child Abuse Death Review Committee itself explained the increase in reported child maltreatment fatalities in its own review of such fatalities for 2006: "In 2006, there was a substantial increase in the number of Florida child abuse deaths from the previous year. Ninety-five were verified in 2005 and 171 in 2006. The State Committee believes that the increase may be attributed to more accurate reporting of child fatalities to the Florida Abuse Hotline. The State Committee, in conjunction with other agencies such as, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, and Healthy Families Florida provided training throughout the State to increase awareness on mandated reporting in cases including, but not limited too: murder suicides; traffic crashes that resulted in a child’s death where the caretaker was neglectful or impaired by substances; deaths that involved drugs (legal and illegal) and/or alcohol in the home where the caretaker was impaired; and drowning deaths,which were a result of children being inadequately supervised." Of all these causes, it is the issue of drowning that got the most attention in the body of the report. Authorities are chastised for allegedly being too willing to view such cases as accidents or for believing that the family that lost a child to drowning has "suffered enough." All of the committee's reports are available here: http://www.flcadr.org/reports.html My organization takes a different view, discussed on our Blog here: http://nccpr.blogspot.com/2008/01/drowning-in-misinformation.html Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org In a message dated 7/25/2009 3:12:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, miami72@embarqmail.com writes: In PA, this would be referred to as Imminent Risk, which is a type of child abuse resulting in serious physical injury (death included) or sexual abuse/exploitation due to neglect. ----- Original Message ----- From: Finkelhor, David To: Jones, Lisa (FRL) ; riccil@aol.com ; riccil@aol.com ; Ying-Ying Yuan ; cnolan@acf.dhhs.gov ; alexanr@msm.edu ; child-maltreatment-research-L@cornell.edu Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:08 AM Subject: Rise in CM fatalities and classification of neglectful drownings In a NYT article today a Florida CWS administrator explained a recent rise in CM fatalities there to a new tendency to count drowning due to neglect as a CM fatality. The 2007 NCCANDS data showed a 15% rise in CM fatalities and increases in quite a few states. Does anyone of a sense that this is drowning classification change is something that extends beyond Florida David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhor@unh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ From: emailthis@ms3.lga2.nytimes.com [mailto:emailthis@ms3.lga2.nytimes.com] On Behalf Of david.finkelhor@unh.edu Sent: 2009-07-25 06:54 To: Finkelhor, David Subject: NYTimes.com: Florida Shifts Child-Welfare System's Focus to Saving Families This page was sent to you by: david.finkelhor@unh.edu US | July 25, 2009 Florida Shifts Child-Welfare System's Focus to Saving Families By ERIK ECKHOLM Officials in Florida shifted spending of federal foster care aid to focus on keeping families intact and to finance prevention and mental health treatment. 1. Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds 2. The Minimalist: 101 Simple Salads for the Season 3. Op-Ed Columnist: Costs and Compassion 4. 44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep 5. Op-Ed Columnist: Kill the Rhinos! » Go to Complete List Advertisement Adam The story of two strangers, one a little stranger than the other. Starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. In theaters this summer. Click here to view trailer Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company | Privacy Policy ________________________________ Content-ID: Content-Type: image/jpeg; name="RiseinCM.jpg" Content-Disposition: inline;

A clarification may be useful here: Florida has counted drownings as maltreatment deaths for a long time, if it is determined that neglect caused the drowning. The issue is: When is a drowning neglect and when is it an accident? Here is how the Florida Child Abuse Death Review Committee itself explained the increase in reported child maltreatment fatalities in its own review of such fatalities for 2006: "In 2006, there was a substantial increase in the number of Florida child abuse deaths from the previous year. Ninety-five were verified in 2005 and 171 in 2006. The State Committee believes that the increase may be attributed to more accurate reporting of child fatalities to the Florida Abuse Hotline. The State Committee, in conjunction with other agencies such as, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, and Healthy Families Florida provided training throughout the State to increase awareness on mandated reporting in cases including, but not limited too: murder suicides; traffic crashes that resulted in a child’s death where the caretaker was neglectful or impaired by substances; deaths that involved drugs (legal and illegal) and/or alcohol in the home where the caretaker was impaired; and drowning deaths,which were a result of children being inadequately supervised." Of all these causes, it is the issue of drowning that got the most attention in the body of the report. Authorities are chastised for allegedly being too willing to view such cases as accidents or for believing that the family that lost a child to drowning has "suffered enough." All of the committee's reports are available here: http://www.flcadr.org/reports.html My organization takes a different view, discussed on our Blog here: http://nccpr.blogspot.com/2008/01/drowning-in-misinformation.html Richard Wexler Executive Director National Coalition for Child Protection Reform 53 Skyhill Road (Suite 202) Alexandria VA 22314 703-212-2006 www.nccpr.org In a message dated 7/25/2009 3:12:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, miami72embarqmail.com writes: In PA, this would be referred to as Imminent Risk, which is a type of child abuse resulting in serious physical injury (death included) or sexual abuse/exploitation due to neglect. ----- Original Message ----- From: Finkelhor, David To: Jones, Lisa (FRL) ; riccilaol.com ; riccilaol.com ; Ying-Ying Yuan ; cnolanacf.dhhs.gov ; alexanrmsm.edu ; child-maltreatment-research-Lcornell.edu Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:08 AM Subject: Rise in CM fatalities and classification of neglectful drownings In a NYT article today a Florida CWS administrator explained a recent rise in CM fatalities there to a new tendency to count drowning due to neglect as a CM fatality. The 2007 NCCANDS data showed a 15% rise in CM fatalities and increases in quite a few states. Does anyone of a sense that this is drowning classification change is something that extends beyond Florida David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhorunh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ From: emailthisms3.lga2.nytimes.com [mailto:emailthisms3.lga2.nytimes.com] On Behalf Of david.finkelhorunh.edu Sent: 2009-07-25 06:54 To: Finkelhor, David Subject: NYTimes.com: Florida Shifts Child-Welfare System's Focus to Saving Families This page was sent to you by: david.finkelhorunh.edu US | July 25, 2009 Florida Shifts Child-Welfare System's Focus to Saving Families By ERIK ECKHOLM Officials in Florida shifted spending of federal foster care aid to focus on keeping families intact and to finance prevention and mental health treatment. 1. Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds 2. The Minimalist: 101 Simple Salads for the Season 3. Op-Ed Columnist: Costs and Compassion 4. 44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep 5. Op-Ed Columnist: Kill the Rhinos! » Go to Complete List Advertisement Adam The story of two strangers, one a little stranger than the other. Starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne. In theaters this summer. Click here to view trailer Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company | Privacy Policy ________________________________ Content-ID: Content-Type: image/jpeg; name="RiseinCM.jpg" Content-Disposition: inline;