Oct 1

Past Event

Preventing Child Maltreatment


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One of the most widely studied ways to prevent child maltreatment is the home-visitation program, in which trained professionals visit new mothers in their homes to provide advice and assistance with child rearing and related topics. The Obama administration has proposed a new initiative that would fund such home-visiting programs. Only programs shown by high-quality studies to produce significant effects on mothers or children would be eligible for funding. Chairman Jim McDermott (D-Wash) of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support has introduced legislation that would implement the president’s proposal.

On October 1, The Future of Children, a joint project between Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, released a new journal edition, “Preventing Child Maltreatment,” at an event featuring Representative McDermott and former Representative Nancy Johnson. An expert panel explored how successful programs will be determined, who will decide whether programs are successful, and how the program will be financed.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Overview

  • Keynote Speakers

    • The Honorable Nancy Johnson

      Senior Public Policy Adviser, Baker Donelson

      Former Member (R-Conn.), United States House of Representatives

    • The Honorable Jim McDermott (D-Wash)

      Chairman, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, House Ways & Means Committee

      United States House of Representatives

  • Panel

    • <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/sawhilli.aspx">Isabel Sawhill</a>, Moderator

      Co-Director, Center on Children and Families

      Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

    • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

      Virginia & Leonard Marx Professor

      Teachers College, Columbia University

    • Robert Gordon

      Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor

      Office of Management & Budget

    • David Olds

      Director, Prevention Research Center for Family & Child Health

      University of Colorado - Denver

    • Heather Weiss

      Director, Harvard Family Research Project

      Harvard University


October 1, 2009

9:15 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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