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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

EXCHANGE & GIFT DIVISION
REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILD ABUSE
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT

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HEARING

BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

OF THE
COMMITTEE ON
EDUCATION AND LABOR
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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ONE HUNDREDTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

HEARING HELD IN NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 3, 1987

Serial No. 100-29

Printed for the use of the Committee on Education and Labor

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COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California, Chairman WILLIAM D. FORD, Michigan

JAMES M. JEFFORDS, Vermont JOSEPH M. GAYDOS, Pennsylvania

WILLIAM P. GOODLING, Pennsylvania WILLIAM (BILL) CLAY, Missouri

E. THOMAS COLEMAN, Missouri MARIO BIAGGI, New York

THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin AUSTIN J. MURPHY, Pennsylvania

MARGE ROUKEMA, New Jersey DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan

STEVE GUNDERSON, Wisconsin PAT WILLIAMS, Montana

STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MATTHEW G. MARTINEZ, California THOMAS J. TAUKE, Iowa MAJOR R. OWENS, New York

RICHARD K. ARMEY, Texas CHARLES A. HAYES, Illinois

HARRIS W. FAWELL, Illinois CARL C. PERKINS, Kentucky

PAUL B. HENRY, Michigan THOMAS C. SAWYER, Ohio

FRED GRANDY, Iowa
STEPHEN J. SOLARZ, New York

CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina
ROBERT E. WISE, JR., West Virginia
TIMOTHY J. PENNY, Minnesota
BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico
TOMMY F. ROBINSON, Arkansas
PETER J. VISCLOSKY, Indiana
CHESTER G. ATKINS, Massachusetts
JAMES JONTZ, Indiana

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION

MAJOR R. OWENS, New York, Chairman PAT WILLIAMS, Montana

STEVE BARTLETT, Texas MARIO BIAGGI, New York

JAMES F. JEFFORDS, Vermont AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California

(Ex Officio) (Ex Officio)

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Hearing held in New York, NY, on April 3, 1987

Statement of:

Fontana, Dr. Vincent, medical director and pediatrician in chief on child

abuse and neglect for New York City; Cesar Perales, commissioner of

social services for New York State; Joanne Johnson-Hershman, assist-

ant director of social workers, St. Luke's Hospital; Denis Walcott, direc-

tor of Harlem Dowling Children Service Program, Prevention and

Treatment of Abused Children; Dr. Andrea Savage, assistant professor

of child abuse training for child abuse social workers, Hunter College ....

Orr, Sally, director of public policy, Association of Junior Leagues; Jill

Shore, president of the board of directors, Northern Westchester Shel-
ter, Inc., for Domestic Violence, accompanied by Pamela Johnston,

executive director of Northern Westchester Shelter, Inc...........
Owens, Hon. Major R., chairman, the Subcommittee on Select Education

of the House Committee on Education and Labor.....
Schachter, Bob, executive director of National Association of Social Work-

ers; Norma Rollins, executive director, Advocates for Children

Prepared statements, letters, supplemental materials, et cetera:

Perales, Cesar A., commissioner, New York State Department of Social

Services, prepared statement of....

Savage, Andrea, M.S.W., Ph.D., prepared statement of...

Walcott, Dennis M., executive director, Harlem-Dowling Children's Serv-

ice, prepared statement of .....

Weiss, Hon. Ted, a Representative in Congress from the State of New

York, prepared statement of ..

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REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILD ABUSE

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT ACT

APRIL 3, 1987

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT EDUCATION,
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR,

Washington, DC. The Subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 1:30 p.m., at New York Founding Hospital, 68th Street and Third Avenue, New York, New York.

Members present: Representative Major Owens (presiding); Representative Biaggi.

Mr. OWENS. Will you all be seated, please. The hearing is about to commence.

Let me begin by welcoming you to this hearing of the Subcommittee on Select Education of the House Committee on Education and Labor. It is the first hearing of this Subcommittee to be held in this one hundredth Congress.

I am grateful to have with me my colleague, the Honorable Mario Biaggi, who has a long career of fighting for assistance in the area of child abuse, and I certainly want to thank the witnesses for appearing today on fairly short notice. You have been able to reply; we certainly appreciate that because there is a timetable to meet with respect to this legislation which has driven us a bit hastily in the convening of our

hearings, after going through a transition process of committee leadership.

Today I would like to welcome you and hope that you will respond to our request that has already been sent out to ask for more detailed response with respect to your ideas concerning the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.

STATEMENT OF HON. MAJOR R. OWENS, CHAIRMAN, SUBCOMMIT.

TEE ON SELECT EDUCATION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR

Mr. OWENS. Our children are, for the first time in our history, experiencing massive rates of drug addiction, including alcoholism, suicide, and more recently enormous rates of child abuse.

Children who are abused and victimized experience a terrorism as cruel as destructive assaults anywhere in the world. Children who are victimized are treated in such a manner partially because they have no power. They have no formal recourse and more often they have no allies to whom they can express their feelings, for

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