Maltreated Children and Their Families in Juvenile Dependency Court II: Maltreatment Recidivism

Jamie M. Lawler, Richard Gehrman, Canan Karatekin

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The most serious maltreatment cases are referred to Juvenile Dependency Court. Eighty-eight court records were coded for factors related to maltreatment recidivism, including prior involvement histories, differential response, and placement changes. Seventy-two percent of caregivers had previous involvement, which correlated with family size and number of presenting concerns. When caregivers were offered voluntary services previously, 15% were completed. Children of substance-abusing caregivers were more likely to have prior involvement with the system. On average, children experienced four placement changes. Almost half of children reunified with caregivers had to be removed by the court. Recommendations and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-236
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 14 2016


  • Child maltreatment
  • child protective services
  • children in need of protection or services
  • differential response
  • family reunification
  • maltreatment recidivism
  • substance abuse


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