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APSAC Advisor

The APSAC Advisor is a peer reviewed quarterly news journal for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. The APSAC Advisor provides succinct, data-based, practice-oriented articles that keep interdisciplinary professionals informed of the latest developments in policy and practice the field of child maltreatment. It is designed to highlight best practices in the field and publish original articles and current information about child maltreatment for professionals from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, law, law enforcement, social work, child protective services, psychology, public health and prevention in the U.S.

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Directory

In the listing below, click on a year and issue number to see the articles in that publication.

2008 Number 3 and 4

The Supreme Court, Hearsay, and Crawford: Implications for Child Interviewers

(Thomas D. Lyon, JD, PhD)

The purpose of this article is to explain the implications of Crawford for child interviewing. The bottom line is that interviewers should remain committed to best practice; that is, they should continue to pursue approaches that increase the accuracy and completeness of children’s reports.


When Qualified Immunity Protects Social Workers From 42 U.S.C. 1983 Lawsuits

(Karen Rothschild, JD, and Daniel Pollack, MSW, JD)

Social work has developed into an increasingly seasoned, mature, and specialized profession. The role of social workers has also changed, resulting in an increased expectation that social workers will be aware of and will satisfy legal responsibilities owed to their clients. While many public sector social work administrators and practitioners are concerned about liability litigation, no national studies of appellate cases have been synthesized to illustrate when suits against social workers succeed, and when social workers can rely on the doctrine of qualified immunity. This article explores when social workers are and are not successful in asserting qualified immunity when sued in civil court under 42 U.S.C. §1983.


Child Welfare Class Action Litigation: A Framework for Assessing Its Effectiveness in System Reform

(Madelyn Freundlich, MSW, JD, LLM)

In 1973, Marcia Robinson Lowry launched, for the first time, a class action lawsuit against a public child welfare system, suing the New York City foster care system in Wilder v. Sugarman. In the case, Lowry asserted that New York City’s practice of placing children in foster care with private agencies on the basis of religious affiliation harmed children and violated their federal constitutional rights (Bernstein, 2001).


The Court as the Last Resort: When the Child Welfare System Fails, Litigation Provides a Last Line of Defense for Children in Trouble: An Interview With Marcia Robinson Lowry

(Carolyn Beeler)

Recent law school graduate Marcia Lowry was working at a legal services office in New York City when the staff instructed the group of new lawyers to pick a legal specialty. Lowry chose children’s issues because she thought it seemed the most interesting. Decades later, she has represented hundreds of thousands of children through child welfare litigation.


Be Prepared, Be Proactive, and Be Professional: Key Points to Testifying in Child Abuse Cases

(Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, LCSW)

The key to being a great expert witness is summed up in the adage “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance” (Tracy, 2007). In addition to always being prepared, a great expert witness must also be Proactive and Professional.


Journal Highlights

(Tamara Davis, PhD and Beth Ann Rodriguez, MSW)

The purpose of Journal Highlights is to alert readers to current literature on child abuse. Selected articles from journals representing the variety of disciplines reflected in APSAC's membership are presented in the form of an annotated bibliography.


Profile: John E. B. Myers, JD

(Judith S. Rycus, PhD, MSW & Ronald C. Hughes, PhD, MScSA )

This article presents a snapshot of the career and contributions of John E. B. Myers"widely published author, educator, legal consultant, trainer, and one of the foremost international experts in child maltreatment law.


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2020 Number 2

2020 Number 1

2019 Number 3

2019 Number 2

2019 Number 1

2018 Number 4

2018 Number 3

2018 Number 2

2018 Number 1

2017 Number 2

2017 Number 1

2016 Number 2

2016 Number 1

2015 Number 1

2014 Number 2

2014 Number 1

2013 Number 4

2013 Number 3

2013 Number 2

2013 Number 1

2012 Number 4

2012 Number 3

2012 Number 2

2012 Number 1

2011 Number 4

2011 Number 3

2011 Number 2

2011 Number 1

2010 Number 4

2010 Number 3

2010 Number 2

2010 Number 1

2009 Number 3 and 4

2009 Number 2

2009 Number 1

2008 Number 3 and 4

2008 Number 2

2008 Number 1

2007 Number 4

2007 Number 3

2007 Number 1 and 2

2006 Number 4

2006 Number 3

2006 Number 2

2006 Number 1

2005 Number 4

2005 Number 3

2005 Number 2

2005 Number 1

2004 Number 4

2004 Number 3

2004 Number 2

2004 Number 1

2003 Number 4

2003 Number 3

2003 Number 2

2003 Number 1

2002 Number 4

2002 Number 3

2002 Number 2

2002 Number 1

2000-2001 Number 3 and 4

2000-2001 Number 2

2000-2001 Number 1

1999 Number 4

1999 Number 3

1999 Number 2

1999 Number 1

1998 Number 4

1998 Number 3

1998 Number 2

1998 Number 1

1997 Number 4

1997 Number 3

1997 Number 2

1997 Number 1

1996 Number 4

1996 Number 3

1996 Number 2

1996 Number 1

1995 Number 4

1995 Number 3

1995 Number 2

1995 Number 1

1994 Number 4

1994 Number 3

1994 Number 2

1994 Number 1

1993 Number 4

1993 Number 3

1993 Number 2

1993 Number 1

1992 Number 4

1992 Number 3

1992 Number 2

1992 Number 1

1991 Number 4

1991 Number 3

1991 Number 2

1991 Number 1

1990 Number 4

1990 Number 3

1990 Number 2

1990 Number 1