Walter R. McDonald and Associates and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
This study has benefited from the thoughtful input of many persons. We would like to thank our partners at the American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law, especially Howard Davidson and Jessica Kendall. We would also like to thank the many State respondents to the various components of the study.
Throughout the project, Laura Radel, the project COTR, has provided leadership and guidance on multiple matters. We express our appreciation.
To inform the Department of Health and Human Services' report to the Congress on the feasibility of a national registry of child maltreatment perpetrators, the Department contracted with Walter R. McDonald and Associates and its partner the American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law to conduct a series of activities to inform the report to the Congress. This research report describes the results of these activities. The study had two major components: a survey of key informants and a prevalence study. The survey had three components: one on legal and policy issues, a second on child welfare practices related to obtaining and providing data on perpetrators to out of state requestors, and a third on the capacity of the information technology supporting state registries to participate in a national registry. The prevalence study estimated the number of persons substantiated for child maltreatment in 2009 who also had a substantiation in another state within the previous 5 years. In addition to the survey and prevalence study, a review of relevant case law related to states' existing child abuse registries was conducted.