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Protecting Children in the Age of Outrage: A New Perspective on Child Protective Services Reform

Radha Jagannathan and Michael J. Camasso


This book proposes what, to many professionals in the child welfare field, will appear a radically different explanation for society's decisions to protect children from harm and for the significant drop in substantiated child abuse numbers. At the center of this conceptual and analytic approach is the contention that social outrage emanating from horrific and often sensationalized cases of child maltreatment plays a major role in CPS decision making and in child outcomes. The ebb and flow of outrage invokes three levels of response that are consistent with patterns of the number of child malt ... More

Keywords: child welfare, harm, child abuse, CPS agencies, zero-tolerance, infinite jeopardy, child protective services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Radha Jagannathan, author
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy Rutgers University

Michael J. Camasso, author
Economics School of Environmental & Biological Sciences Rutgers University