Family and child advocacy

The secretary of defense is required by law to coordinate with civilian child welfare agencies to obtain information of allegations of child abuse and neglect involving children in military families.

The DoD, in accordance with Section 1787 of Title 10, U.S. Code, established the Family Advocacy Program to address prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect involving children in military families.

Current data reflect that 70 percent of active-duty military families reside in the civilian community.

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  • Star
    Bill introduced and currently active.
  • Blue square
    State has made movement towards achieving desired outcomes; for example, changed state law to help ensure military authorities are informed early in the process of evaluating child abuse and neglect cases involving military families so that the military can fulfill federally mandated requirements while local child protective services conduct their investigations.
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    State has not made changes that move towards achieving desired outcomes.