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Abusive Policies: How the American Child Welfare System Lost Its Way

Mical Raz


In the early 1970s, a new wave of public service announcements urged parents to “help end an American tradition” of child abuse. The message, relayed repeatedly over television and radio, urged abusive parents to seek help. Support groups for parents, including Parents Anonymous, proliferated across the country to deal with the seemingly burgeoning crisis. At the same time, an ever-increasing number of abused children were reported to child welfare agencies, due in part to an expansion of mandatory reporting laws and the creation of reporting hotlines across the nation. Here, Mical Raz examine ... More

Keywords: Child Abuse, Parents Anonymous, Foster care, Child welfare, African Americans, Moral panic, Children, Activism, Policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469661216
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mical Raz, author
University of Rochester