Wednesday, January 23

State Laws Regarding Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

Please go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway for specific details about your state laws. Based off of information from the Child Welfare Information Gateway I have attempted to summarize the information. I have only included the major categories of law. Within each category are sub-categories that change how the laws are applied between states. The word “privilege” refers to the clergy penitent privilege.


Clergy included as mandated reporters
Privilege granted but limited to pastoral communications: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin

Privilege denied in cases of suspected child abuse or neglect: New Hampshire, West Virginia

Privilege not addressed in the reporting laws: Connecticut, Mississippi


Clergy not included as mandated reporters but may be included with "any person" designation
Privilege granted but limited to pastoral communications: Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, Wyoming

Privilege denied in cases of suspected child abuse or neglect: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas

Privilege not addressed in the reporting laws: Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, Puerto Rico

Neither clergy nor "any person" included as mandated reporters
Privilege granted but limited to pastoral communications: Virginia, Washington

Privilege not addressed in the reporting laws: Alaska, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, New York, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Virgin Islands


Child Welfare Information Gateway
https://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/clergymandated.cfm

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