Developmental Status and Early Intervention Service Needs of Maltreated Children. Project Aims


This project is funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Implementing CAPTA requirements poses a variety of challenges. A key challenge is the lack of information on which to begin considering problems and solutions. Therefore, the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation contracted to conduct a study of data already collected in the National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS) and the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) in an effort to provide some information about maltreated children and early intervention.

This study answers several key questions:

  1. To what extent do maltreated children have developmental problems or are subject to factors associated with poor developmental outcomes?
  2. What services might these maltreated children be eligible for and what services are they receiving through child welfare systems?
  3. What child and/or case characteristics (e.g., child welfare setting) influence developmental service receipt by maltreated children?
  4. What barriers to service provision and solutions have experts in the field identified?

The report will present information from two large, national studies that allow us to describe children and families who are involved with Child Welfare Services or with Part C early intervention services, respectively.  The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study to describe the developmental status of maltreated children, is discussed below. The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (also described in more detail below) describes children and families who entered Part C services.  These studies overlapped in time longitudinally, although information on infants and toddlers in both studies was collected prior to the new CAPTA and IDEA requirements described previously.

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