United Family Advocates is a bipartisan coalition of child and family advocates who seek policy solutions to create a more compassionate and just approach to child welfare that focuses on supporting rather than separating families. We bring together advocates from across the political spectrum who have divergent views on many issues, but are united by our commitment to a future in which children and families find safety and support from community investment rather than government intervention.
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UFA suggests its "Top 10" ideas for amendment of S. 1927, which reauthorizes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, to better support families, including preventing unnecessary family separation, keeping data on hidden foster care, and protecting caregivers from wrongful inclusion on registries.
Across the country, child abuse registries inflict lifelong harm on parents and caregivers with minimal oversight or due process. Families living in poverty and families of color are disproportionately likely to experience the harms of the registry, and because child abuse registries severely limit employment opportunities for parents and caregivers, registries drive and exacerbate child and family poverty. While we caution against a national registry, should it be included in CAPTA, UFA proposes several changes to mitigate the harm to children and families.
United Family Advocates recommends an overhaul of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to prevent unnecessary family separation, including separations based on poverty rather than neglect; protect innocent caregivers from wrongful inclusion on central registries; replace anonymous with confidential child abuse reporting; narrow the overbroad use of Plans of Safe Care; and expand access to counsel.