Foster and adoptive families who care for children who have been separated from their parents because of abuse, neglect or abandonment are especially vulnerable to reports of abuse and neglect; often experience increased scrutiny; and may be more likely to be the target of maltreatment allegations than other families in their communities. The problem of false child abuse and neglect allegations against adoptive and foster families exists in New York and throughout the country. Under no circumstances do we condone child abuse or neglect in any family. However, we recognize there are circumstances which make adoptive and foster families especially vulnerable to reports of abuse and neglect and susceptible to misjudgments.
Below are some additional resources and ideas for parents and professionals to consider.
- Help I’ve Been Reported to the Hotline, by Margaret Burt, Esq.
- Allegation Innoculation
- Allegations Happen: How to Prevent and Survive Them
- Dealing with the Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect Allegations
- Five Practical Steps Foster Parents Can Take in a Crisis (pdf)
- Maltreatment Myths (pdf)
- Standing in the Shadow of a Doubt (pdf)
- Documentation Advice from Foster Parent legal Solutions (pdf)
- What Happens to Unfounded Reports and Records in New York State?
- How to Seal and Expunge New York State Central Registry Reports (pdf)
- Penalties for False Reports to Child Protective Services (CPS) – Advocacy/Issue paper (pdf)
- It’s All in The Preparation: Advice for Preparing Foster and Adoptive Parents for Allegations (pdf)
- Best Practice Guidelines for Investigating Maltreatment Reports for Children in Care
- Anonymous versus Identified Reporting of Child Maltreatment (pdf)
- Review and Expunction of Central Registry Records: State by State Laws
- Allegations of Maltreatment Against Foster Parents (pdf)
- Foster Parent Allegation Data: New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) 2006-2010
- National Foster Parent Coalition for Allegation Reform Online Support Group
If you are facing allegations and feel you would like to talk to someone about this, please call our Help Line at (646) 688-4321.