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What you need to know about mandated reporting and child maltreatment with Rachel Rosenberg and Sarah Catherine Williams

Updated: May 3

Release date: April 22, 2024


Child maltreatment is a major public health concern in the United States, but are the mandated reporting laws that were intended to reduce child maltreatment working? My guests this episode, Rachel Rosenberg and Sarah Catherine Williams, are two of the authors of a new report from ChildTrends. As you will hear, their research suggests that mandated reporters need better training to help make the system more effective and to reduce the stigmatization of families who are experiencing financial insecurities. More information about Rachel, Sarah Catherine, and their report, Mandated Reporting Policies Do Not Promote More Accurate Reporting of Suspected Neglect, is below.


Biography of Rachel Rosenberg


Rachel Rosenberg, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a Sr. Research Scientist in the child welfare research area at Child Trends. Through applied research, Dr. Rosenberg aims to create a foundation for better services and supports for youth aging out of the foster care system. She has several years of experience in child welfare, both working with older youth in foster care and in child welfare research. Currently, Dr. Rosenberg co-leads an evaluation partnership with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a program that aims to ensure that all young people leaving care have the support and opportunities needed for a successful transition to adulthood.



Biography of Sarah Catherine Williams


Sarah Catherine is a senior research scientist at Child Trends, the leading research organization in the U.S. focused solely on improving the lives of children and youth. She has conducted applied research in the child welfare field for almost 15 years, with a focus on evaluating the effectiveness of child welfare programs. She also manages a comprehensive, interactive resource that provides policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders with state and national data on a variety of child welfare topics.  



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