Train the Trainers

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Articles January 2013 Thru March 2013

January 04, 2013

ME: LePage wants to add teeth to child abuse reporting law

Sun-Journal - Gov. Paul LePage has his eye on Maine's law that obligates professionals who are in regular contact with children to alert state child welfare officials when they suspect child abuse or neglect. Therese Cahill-Low, who directs the department's Office of Child and Family Services, said Maine's mandatory reporting law has a number of shortcomings that lead to child abuse and neglect cases going unreported. According to DHHS, the state received more than 17,000 reports of suspected abuse or neglect in 2010 and referred more than 8,000 of them for further investigation.

January 08, 2013

PA: Penn State pays $100M so far in abuse scandal

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - The university is reporting on its website that costs alone for legal fees, public relations and other consultants grew to nearly $26 million as of Oct. 31. That figure, along with a $60 million National Collegiate Athletic Association fine and $13 million in bowl revenue stripped away by the Big 10, brings the financial impact on Penn State so far to $99 million.

January 17, 2013

WV: Ads to W.Va. adults: Be brave, report child abuse

Associated Press - A new public service announcement airing on West Virginia television aims to educate adults about the warning signs of child abuse and to give them the courage to report what it. The 30-second "One with Courage" spots also tell people about the state's 20 children's advocacy centers, which serve children in a combined 32 counties. The ad will air on West Virginia Media stations for eight weeks.

January 24, 2013

MT: Prosecutors want to expand list of child abuse crimes

Associated Press - The Senate Judiciary Committee listened Thursday to the proposal that creates a new crime of criminal child endangerment. It would punish those who drive drunk with a child in the car, fail to get medical care for an apparent life-threatening condition, place a child in the care of a known abuser, deal dangerous drugs with children in the home or fail to provide proper nutrition.

January 25, 2013

FL: Florida Department of Children and Families, Lauren's Kids Foundation to Unveil 'Don't Miss the Signs' Campaign

Florida Department of Children and Families - Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins will join with childhood sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book on Monday, January 28 to launch "Don't Miss the Signs," a comprehensive public awareness campaign that will educate Floridians about their obligation to report suspected abuse under Florida's sweeping new child abuse reporting law, which took effect Oct. 1, 2012.

January 29, 2013

PA: Penn State Hiring Faculty to Advance Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Gant Daily - Penn State will be hiring a dozen new faculty members over the next three years as part of its recently launched Network for Child Protection and Well-Being, with the goal of advancing knowledge, practice, education and outreach to combat child abuse. As part of its aspiration to be at the forefront of national efforts toward prevention and therapy for child maltreatment, the University has begun a "cluster" hire that will include clinical and research tenure-track faculty members who are focused on the complex and pervasive problem of child maltreatment.