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State Agencies Release Joint Report on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Two state agencies have collaborated together to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 […]

Two state agencies have collaborated together to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas.

Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to 2012.

The data was used to formulate a strategic plan to target communities with high numbers of these fatalities.

Sasha Rasco is the director of prevention and early intervention at DFPS. She tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin that this is the first collaboration looking specifically at child abuse neglect fatality data, and a public health approach for solving those problems.

MORE: Report: Texas CPS is Failing to Protect the State’s Most Vulnerable Children (Houston Matters, January 20, 2014)

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