NSCAW, From Early Involvement with Child Welfare Services to School Entry: A 5- to 6-Year Follow-Up of Infants in the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being With Tables of 5- to 6-Year Follow-Up Results
The current report provides information about 962 children who were infants (0 to 12 months old) when they first became involved in investigations for child abuse or neglect and whose caregivers participated at the 5- to 6-year follow-up. Some children’s cases were closed after investigation; others had a case opened to child welfare services. Although the majority remained at home after investigation, others were removed from their homes. Five to 6 years after child protective services investigation, these children were 5 to 6 years old. This report is the first in a series presenting findings from the NSCAW 5- to 6-year follow-up.
Infants who were the focus of maltreatment for CWS constitute an especially vulnerable population. Many of these children have faced disruptions in their living arrangements that may have jeopardized their well-being. Many have developmental, emotional, behavioral, or physical health needs, or a combination of such needs, that may benefit from services. As 5- to 6-yearolds, these children were entering an important developmental period, beginning their school experience, and learning to negotiate lasting peer relationships.