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Professor Fraidin Challenges the Child Welfare System in Youth Today

Tuesday, October 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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Professor Matt Fraidin

In a recent Youth Today article, UDC Law Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs Professor Matt Fraidin discussed the relationship between allegations of child neglect and race, poverty, and adequate housing. While a Child Trends report showed a slight decline in the number of American children found to be victims of neglect or abuse from 2014 to 2015, Fraidin’s remarks draw attention to a child welfare system the author says is “hopelessly out of whack.” According to Fraidin, much of the trouble comes from the definition of “neglect” as “the lack of food, clothing, supervision or adequate housing. All of those are fundamental aspects of being poor, not necessarily of dangerous parenting.”

In addition to his teaching work at UDC Law, Fraidin was recently named Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Programs. He is an expert in child abuse and neglect, as well as domestic violence and other areas of family law, and has testified before the U.S. Senate and D.C. Council on numerous occasions. Fraidin frequently addresses local and national audiences, provides expert opinion to media outlets, and blogs and publishes law journal articles in his areas of expertise. He is a steering committee member of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law National Alliance for Parent Representation and is actively involved in advocacy organizations centered on child welfare.

Read the full article in Youth Today.

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