ISSUE 10

Create state-wide memoranda of understanding between the DoD and the state child welfare agency to standardize relationships

Current DoD policy encourages military commands to develop memoranda of understanding, or MoUs, with local civilian child welfare agencies to ensure the cooperation and reciprocal reporting of child abuse and neglect. For some installations, this may require making agreements with several counties that may have agreements with other installations. The resulting MoUs between different agencies and installations may be inconsistent for the same issue. Consequently, critical guidelines and procedures for handling military children placed in protective custody, foster care or other out of home placements may be inconsistent and leave gaps in coverage.

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