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    04.13.12 Symposium: Reforming Child Protection Law: A Public Health Approach

    Friday, April 13
    9:00am – 3:30pm

    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn
     
    Co-Sponsors
    Center for Health, Science and Public Policy
    Journal of Law and Policy

    About the Symposium
    In recent years, child maltreatment has been strongly linked to identifiable risk factors, such as poverty and stress. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has defined child maltreatment as an important public health problem and has an ongoing program of epidemiological research underway. Thus far, the child protection system has failed to respond to this new, epidemiological understanding of maltreatment. It has not developed evidence-based treatments or standardized diagnostic procedures, and it has woefully neglected prevention, the key to most successful public health campaigns.

    Equally important, both federal law and local practice reflect an acute care treatment paradigm that aims at rapid cure and exit, while all the evidence suggests that for both the maltreating parent and the victimized child, maltreatment is a chronic condition that requires long-term support and services. A new approach, reliant on a public health model, is urgently needed.

    This symposium brings together a distinguished interdisciplinary group of legal, medical, and social science experts on child protection to chart the steps that policy makers need to undertake.

    View the Agenda

    Keynote Speaker
    Hon. Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson
    New York City Family Court

    Conference Participants
    Prof. Gabrielle A. Carlson
    Stony Brook University School of Medicine

    Prof. Marsha Garrison
    Brooklyn Law School

    Prof. Cynthia Godsoe
    Brooklyn Law School

    Prof. Martin Guggenheim
    New York University School of Law

    Prof. Clare Huntington
    Fordham University School of Law

    Prof. Susan V. Mangold
    SUNY Buffalo Law School

    John B. Mattingly, PhD, MSW
    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Prof. David Olds
    University of Colorado Denver

    Prof. Karen Porter
    Brooklyn Law School

    Sheila Smith, PhD
    National Center for Children in Poverty
    Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

    Prof. Jonathan Todres
    Georgia State University College of Law

    Prof. Tara Urs
    Brooklyn Law School

    Fred Wulczyn, PhD
    Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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