The Child Protection ConnectionTM (The "Connection") is a solution to prevent abused and at-risk children from being harmed by failures in the systems that are meant to protect them. The Connection can be used by judges, attorneys and other professionals in all court systems where children need to be protected, healed, or rehabilitated, including the child welfare court system, the juvenile justice system, the criminal court system, and more. Professionals across disciplines can connect to address case related issues or across state lines to dialogue and join efforts for systemic change.
For example, in child welfare cases, the most important decisions about an abused or neglected child's future are made in court; however, such crucial decisions - hampered by limited resources and inadequate legal representation - often result in devastating consequences for the child. Too often, children are returned to abusive homes or are subjected to unnecessarily long, unstable, and traumatic experiences in foster care, leaving them disconnected, alone, and unprepared for adulthood. Many of these children end up homeless, in the criminal justice system, or as continual victims of crime. Despite the efforts of professionals working tirelessly within these systems - the systems fail these professionals just as often as they do the children trapped in them. Through the Child Protection ConnectionTM, professionals across a state can share expertise and use an in-depth and comprehensive resource and communication center to improve case outcomes for all abused and at-risk children despite the lack of court funding and available resources and training. The Connection allows professionals to collaborate locally, regionally, and statewide to address system failures and bring about change at any and all levels.