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Rethinking Child Protection

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Michael Wald

Michael Wald, LLB
Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Emeritus
Stanford School of Law

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Room 115

Over the past fifty years, the reach of the Child Protective Services (CPS) system has expanded enormously. Today more than eight percent of all children are reported to CPS each year. As many as fifteen percent of all children may be reported at some point during their childhood. Yet, the evidence indicates that most children whose development is seriously compromised by inadequate parenting do not benefit from current state policies. In this talk, Professor Wald will discuss why the CPS system should focus on serious threats to a child’s physical welfare and outline why a new approach is needed to meet the developmental needs of other children whose futures are seriously compromised because they receive highly inadequate parenting.

Michael S. Wald has had a distinguished career as an academic researcher and teacher, deeply devoted to the cause of children’s rights and welfare and a frequent expert adviser on youth and children’s legal issues nationwide, . He is one of the leading national authorities on legal policy toward children, and he drafted the American Bar Association’s Standards Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, as well as major federal and state legislation regarding child welfare.

Professor Wald has served as deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration, executive director of the San Francisco Department of Human Services, and senior adviser to the president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is currently chair of the San Francisco Youth Council and the Faculty Scholars Program of the William T. Grant Foundation, and previously served as a Guggenheim Fellow. He has been a member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 1967.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Patricia Rideout
Director of Cuyahoga County Department of Juvenile and Family Services

Mark Feingold, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CWRU School of Medicine

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