Mandatory reporting was supposed to stop severe child abuse. It punishes poor families instead.
- October 12, 2022
- Kelley Fong, sociology, NBC News - ProPublica, Oct. 12, 2022
Kelley Fong, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, has done extensive research into the impacts of mandatory reporting policies. When Fong interviewed dozens of impoverished mothers in Rhode Island and later Connecticut, they described how mandated reporters are “omnipresent” and how the fear of a call to Child Protective Services leads some to avoid seeking public assistance. But when she spoke to professionals who had filed reports against parents, Fong found a disconnect.
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