Performance Improvement 2009. Does a Child's Well-Being and Service Receipt Depend on Verifying Maltreatment?


Researchers examined the well-being of children in substantiated and unsubstantiated maltreatment cases. Researchers collected information about children’s access to child welfare, mental health, and special education services.

Children in substantiated and unsubstantiated maltreatment cases appeared to have similar social, behavioral, and emotional needs. When compared with needs among children in unsubstantiated cases, needs among children with substantiated maltreatment cases were perceived by caseworkers to be greater. Children with substantiated cases of maltreatment received more child welfare services after investigation than those with unsubstantiated cases, but substantiation status did not appear to affect access to mental health or special education services.

Report Title: National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Brief 9: Does Substantiation of Child Maltreatment Relate to Child Well-Being and Service Receipt.
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Mary Bruce Webb, 202-205-8628
Performer: Research Triangle Institute
PIC ID: 8973

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