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Message ID: 9882
Date: 2015-09-14

Author:Frank Vandervort

Subject:Child welfare and family planning

Is anyone aware of any research regarding the family size (number of children) in child welfare referred vs non-child welfare involved families. Also, is there any research addressing child protective services referring clients for family planning services? In my work--as both a practicing lawyer, teacher and member of our state's Citizen Review Panel on Child Death (in which we review and make policy recommendations regarding child maltreatment related deaths) I see what seems to me extraordinarily large families. For example, we recently review a case in which a mother with severe mental illness had 4 children over three years (including premature twins), 17 CPS referrals, nearly a dozen substantiations, almost three years of in-home services before one of the twins died in her custody. When I asked the CPS agency representatives on the review team whether a referral was made for family planning services (among the many, many services that were provided) at any point, they were appalled and said the agency would never under any circumstances make such a referral. My subjective experience has been that the families I see in the child welfare system often have many more children than families that are not child welfare involved. Has anyone studied this issue? Thanks for any leads you may be able to provide. Frank Vandervort -- Frank E. Vandervort Clinical Professor of Law University of Michigan Law School 701 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 647-3168

Is anyone aware of any research regarding the family size (number of children) in child welfare referred vs non-child welfare involved families. Also, is there any research addressing child protective services referring clients for family planning services? In my work--as both a practicing lawyer, teacher and member of our state's Citizen Review Panel on Child Death (in which we review and make policy recommendations regarding child maltreatment related deaths) I see what seems to me extraordinarily large families. For example, we recently review a case in which a mother with severe mental illness had 4 children over three years (including premature twins), 17 CPS referrals, nearly a dozen substantiations, almost three years of in-home services before one of the twins died in her custody. When I asked the CPS agency representatives on the review team whether a referral was made for family planning services (among the many, many services that were provided) at any point, they were appalled and said the agency would never under any circumstances make such a referral. My subjective experience has been that the families I see in the child welfare system often have many more children than families that are not child welfare involved. Has anyone studied this issue? Thanks for any leads you may be able to provide. Frank Vandervort -- Frank E. Vandervort Clinical Professor of Law University of Michigan Law School 701 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 647-3168