Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Faculty Associate, and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Associate Professor David Crampton participated in a panel discussion of ways to prevent child abuse.
The Sound of Ideas® "Decreasing Child Abuse" for Friday, February 26, 2010
The brief description of the subject mater was described on the website as, "The arrest of two local mothers for allegedly murdering their young children raises the question: Is enough being done to prevent child abuse?"
Professor Crampton emphasized the importance of prevention efforts such as Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Initiative Once families do become involved in child welfare services, Professor Crampton suggested there is a need for community support as well as government support.
Cuyahoga County participates in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family Initiative as part of their efforts to partner with community agencies to help families in the child welfare system. From 2006 to 2009, the Casey Foundation focused technical assistance and other resources on a selected number of innovative "anchor sites." These anchor sites included: Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Denver, Colorado; Guilford County (Greensboro), North Carolina; Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky; Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona; Wake County (Raleigh), North Carolina; and Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Francisco counties in California.
With colleagues from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of California-Berkeley, Professor Crampton recently completed a report on the anchor phase of Family to Family.