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Shame on U.S.
Failings by All Three Branches of Our Federal Government Leave
Abused and Neglected Children Vulnerable to Further Harm
January 27, 2015

The federal government's dereliction allows states to fall short on meeting minimum child welfare standards. Below is information specific to Utah:

CFSR Results Summary: In its Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process, HHS determines whether each state is in substantial conformity with 7 specific outcomes (pertaining to the areas of safety, permanency and family and child well-being) and 7 systemic factors (relating to the quality of services delivered to children and families and the outcomes they experience).  In the first two rounds of the CFSR, HHS has concluded that Utah was:

Round 1 (2003)

  • NOT in substantial conformity with 5 of the 7 Outcomes
  • NOT in substantial conformity with 1 of the 7 Systemic Factors

Round 2 (2010)   

  • NOT in substantial conformity with 7 of the 7 Outcomes
  • NOT in substantial conformity with 2 of the 7 Systemic Factors

Although federal law mandates that any state found not to be operating in substantial conformity during an initial or subequent review must begin a full review within two years after approval of the state's program improvement plan, HHS has announced that Utah will not undergo Round 3 of the CFSR until FY 2018 (see CFSR Technical Bulletin #7 (March 2014)).

Documents from the U.S. Health & Human Services Children's Bureau

Child Welfare Litigation*

  • David C. v. Huntsman
    This comprehensive child welfare reform class action was filed on behalf of all foster children and children reported as abused or neglected in the State of Utah. The complaint addressed nearly all aspects of the state’s child welfare services and foster care system, including: abuse and neglect investigations and child protective services; quality and safety of out-of-home placement; health care and mental health care for foster children; caseloads and staff training; and case planning, case review, and permanency planning.

*litigation summary taken from information provided by the website of the National Center for Youth Law,

Child Welfare In the News**

**news summaries taken from daily newsfeed service of HHS' Child Welfare Information Gateway

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