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Summit Focuses on Causes of Child Neglect and Prevention Strategies


Watch the video for Carol Spigner's overview of the event


Summit Focuses on Neglect as Leading Cause of Child Welfare Interventions


Efforts to reduce the number of children in foster care must focus on cases where family supports can be added to keep children safely at home, according to Carol Wilson Spigner, professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.


Cases of either severe or mild neglect are obvious, which helps determine the appropriate response. "But what about the ambiguous area in the middle?" Spigner asked the more than 100 child welfare professionals, judges, legislators and community members attending the Moving Beyond Foster Care Summit in Salem in early December.