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Title: Abuse and Neglect of Children in Institutions, 1979 - Hearings Before the Senate Subcommittee on Child and Human Development, January 4, 24 and May 31, 1979
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Subcommittee on Aging, Family and Human Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 749
Sponsoring Agency: US Congress
Washington, DC 20002
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document contains transcripts of testimony on the abuse of children in institutions and group residential settings presented before the Senate Subcommittee on Child Abuse and Human Development on January 4, 24, and May 31, 1979.
Abstract: Witnesses on the first day of the hearings presented testimony about the scope and dimensions of the problem of abuse and neglect of children in institutions or in group settings and the conditions in some of these institutions. Those testifying included physicians, social workers, parents, adults who had been institutionalized as children, representatives of the National Center for Youth Law and of the Urban Indian Child Resource Center, and lay children's rights advocates. Witnesses on the second day were representatives from the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Office of Human Development Services. They reported on the government's current efforts in preventing such abuse and on plans for future efforts. The third day's hearings focused upon the problem of institutional abuse both from the perspective of a director of an institution in the District of Columbia which has been criticized for the quality of care and from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy who spent 16 years in a Virginia orphanage. This case has been the subject of litigation by the Children's Defense Fund and is currently under investigation by the State of Virginia. Representatives of the General Accounting Office reported on the first stage results of an investigation into reports that a number of foster children who had been placed in facilities operated by the People's Temple, or with members of the People's Temple, had died in Jonestown, Guyana. Also, representatives of California and the Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services described the ways their respective agencies deal with the problem of abuse and neglect in institutions. Appended material include articles, publications, and written responses to questions on HEW's funding and legislative concerns.
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse investigations; Child abuse reporting; Child custody; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Court ordered institutional reform; Crimes against children; Federal law violations; Federal programs; Foster homes; Governmental planning; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Model programs; National programs; Professional conduct and ethics; Residential child care institutions; Standards; State laws; US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; US Department of Justice
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