Community Responsibility for Child Protection
Publication Year: 2008
Type: Federal resource, Online Publication
The importance of the family in American society is central to our Nation's history and tradition. Society presumes that parents act in their child's best interest. Therefore, parents have a right to rear their child as long as they are willing and able to protect him/her. When parents cannot meet their child's needs and protect him/her from harm, society has a responsibility to intervene to protect the health and welfare of the child. Any intervention into family life on behalf of a child should be guided by Federal and State laws as well as by accepted professional standards for practice.
This publication is available only on the Internet.
Child Welfare Information Gateway, ACYF, ACF, HHS
Children's Bureau/ACYF, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor
Washington DC 20024
Phone: (703) 225-2331 EN/SP
Toll-free Phone: (800) 394-3366 EN/SP
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