The Mondale Act and Its Aftermath: An Overview of Forty Years of American Law, Public Policy, and Governmental Response to Child Abuse and Neglect (Chapter 1 in Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching).
Catholic Social Thought.
Krason, Stephen M.
Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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This chapter examines how the Mondale Act (the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) transformed American thinking about child abuse and family relations by helping to create a runaway, abusive system in which 66-80% of reports made to child protective services are unfounded and others involve very minor matters. It discusses reasons why the current system is counterproductive and advocates changes in the handling of child abuse and neglect. 272 references.
Child protective Services; Parental rights; Child abuse; Child neglect; Roman Catholic Church; Human rights; Parent child relationships; Family preservation