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Message ID: 8997
Date: 2011-11-03

Author:Sandra J Bishop-Josef

Subject:National Child Abuse and Neglect Registry

But , isn't the issue that when background checks are done, they are done in the state child abuse registry? So if a potential employee had a record in another state, the information would not be available? Same for history of child abuse when a family becomes known to CPS--does CPS regularly check the registries of all 50 states when determining that parents have a past history of maltreatment? I've heard this idea proposed before and I can't help but wonder, if there were such a registry, what would you do with that information? Employment interacting with children already requires a background check and pertinent abuse history is available to family courts in custody cases. Would this list be to inform people of their neighbors' past activity? What impact would that have on reforming abusive behavior? I have to agree with Keva Miller and hope such a registry is not and will not come into existence. That said, a database sharing information on abuse from criminal court to family court and CPS, I should think would be helpful. In Philadelphia, we've recently had a case where a woman with a history of brutally abusing her siblings gained custody of children because the abuse was disclosed in criminal court and family court didn't know about it when they granted custody ( http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20111028_In__02__judge_in_charge_of_Tacony_dungeon_case_gave_Weston_custody_of_her_niece.html ). Sandra J. Bishop-Josef, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, School of Medicine Yale University 310 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06511 Phone: 203-432-9935 FAX: 203-432-7147 E-mail: sandra.bishop@yale.edu www.ziglercenter.yale.edu Please be aware that email communication can be intercepted in transmission or misdirected. Please consider communicating any sensitive information by telephone, fax or mail. The information contained in this message may be privileged and confidential. If you are NOT the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately with a copy to hipaa.security@yale.edu and destroy this message.

But , isn't the issue that when background checks are done, they are done in the state child abuse registry? So if a potential employee had a record in another state, the information would not be available? Same for history of child abuse when a family becomes known to CPS--does CPS regularly check the registries of all 50 states when determining that parents have a past history of maltreatment? I've heard this idea proposed before and I can't help but wonder, if there were such a registry, what would you do with that information? Employment interacting with children already requires a background check and pertinent abuse history is available to family courts in custody cases. Would this list be to inform people of their neighbors' past activity? What impact would that have on reforming abusive behavior? I have to agree with Keva Miller and hope such a registry is not and will not come into existence. That said, a database sharing information on abuse from criminal court to family court and CPS, I should think would be helpful. In Philadelphia, we've recently had a case where a woman with a history of brutally abusing her siblings gained custody of children because the abuse was disclosed in criminal court and family court didn't know about it when they granted custody ( http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20111028_In__02__judge_in_charge_of_Tacony_dungeon_case_gave_Weston_custody_of_her_niece.html ). Sandra J. Bishop-Josef, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, School of Medicine Yale University 310 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06511 Phone: 203-432-9935 FAX: 203-432-7147 E-mail: sandra.bishopyale.edu www.ziglercenter.yale.edu Please be aware that email communication can be intercepted in transmission or misdirected. Please consider communicating any sensitive information by telephone, fax or mail. The information contained in this message may be privileged and confidential. If you are NOT the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately with a copy to hipaa.securityyale.edu and destroy this message.