Wednesday, January 23

Child Abuse State Specific Resource Information

The below website is the best resource that I have found related to laws associated with state specific issues related child abuse and neglect. This site addresses state specific laws related to clergy and their legal responsibility to report child abuse and neglect. Clergy are NOT required to report abuse and neglect in all states. It is important to know the laws regarding your local state statute.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

From: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Every State, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have statutes that identify persons who are required to report child maltreatment under specific circumstances.
Approximately 26 States currently include members of the clergy among those professionals specifically mandated by law to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect. In approximately 18 States and Puerto Rico, any person who suspects child abuse or neglect is required to report. This inclusive language appears to include clergy but may be interpreted otherwise.

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