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Efforts To Improve Response to Reports of Abuse and Neglect of Children Living in Congregate Care Facilities in Six States

In 2019, there were 9,744 reports of abuse and neglect in congregate care settings, raising concerns about abuse and neglect of children in congregate care facilities (e.g., group homes, residential facilities, institutional settings). For six selected States, this evaluation will analyze a sample of reports of abuse and neglect to determine how States monitor for and respond to these reports. We will also analyze how States respond to multiple reports from the same facility, and how States monitor for and respond to reports from multiple facilities that are owned by the same entity. Additionally, we will use structured interviews with staff from State child welfare agencies to determine how States oversee reports of abuse and neglect in congregate care facilities. Finally, we will analyze how the Administration for Children and Families supports States' efforts to monitor for and respond to reports of abuse and neglect, including responses to multiple reports from the same facility and reports from multiple facilities that are owned by the same entity.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
September 2021 Administration for Children and Families Efforts To Improve Response to Reports of Abuse and Neglect of Children Living in Congregate Care Facilities in Six States Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-07-21-00300 2023