Director's Corner
It's Not That Simple
By Claire Louge, Executive Director

"Child welfare isn't rocket science. It is harder." —David Liederman, former director of the Child Welfare League of America

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one reason why child abuse happened, and if we just addressed that one reason, we could prevent child abuse?

I wish it was that simple.
But you and I know it’s not just one thing. There is a slew of factors that contribute to child maltreatment. There are, however, a lot of sweeping generalizations out there that herald one explanation for the huge, complex problem that is child maltreatment. Those sweeping generalizations are always incomplete, and they can also be harmful. Take this example . . .