Protecting Newborns From Harm With Data-Sharing

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Protecting Newborns From Harm With Data-Sharing

October 17, 2017 | by Sibella MatthewsGovernment Innovators Network

A blog post from the Government Innovators Network looks at the advantages of interagency data sharing referred to as “Birth Match.” This approach, used in several states, cross-checks newborn birth records with any CPS records of the biological parents regarding a previous termination of parental rights due to child abuse. A “match” requires an assessment to determine the need for intervention or even removal of the infant. The blog post mentions New York City’s birth match system, along with the newly formed partnership between the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and NCCD’s SafeMeasures®, an analytical reporting service that helps child welfare workers manage their caseloads and prioritize families with the highest needs. Read the blog post here. Learn more about NCCD SafeMeasures here.