CHILD USA is the leading non-profit think tank working to end child abuse and neglect in the United States.  CHILD USA engages in high-level legal, social science, and medical research and analysis to derive the best public policies to end child abuse and neglect. Unlike an organization engaged in the direct delivery of services, CHILD USA produces evidence-based solutions and information needed by policymakers, organizations, media, and society as a whole to increase child protection and the common good. CHILD USA’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and to help kids stay kids. #SoKidsStayKids

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Meet our sister organization CHILD USAdvocacy! They advocate for legal reforms based on CHILD USA’s cutting edge legal and social science research.

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When A Child Discloses Abuse.

You are a teacher, a child care worker, a program administrator, or any other person who has contact with children. One day, you observe a child engaged in highly abnormal sexual play…. You know from experience working with children that this is unusual. Perhaps a child hints that they may have been physically or sexually abused. What should you do?

 

Current Initiatives

 

A Statute of Limitations (SOL) is the time allotted for victims to seek justice from their perpetrators. Unfortunately, the vast majority of child sex abuse victims can not prosecute or file civil lawsuits because they missed the arbitrary procedural deadline or SOL to file their claims.

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Medical Neglect & Vaccine Avoidance

Most states have laws giving religious exemptions to testing and screening of children. Federal law requires doctors treating children on Medicaid or CHIP to perform several tests and screenings on the children, yet federal law also allows states to offer religious exemptions. CHILD USA's research into these religious exemption laws reveals the exigency for policy that protects the health and safety of children.

The pattern of successful coaches with power over aspiring athletes repeats itself time and again in all levels of sport. Like other arenas where children can be isolated and manipulated by predatory adults, sports present steep challenges to the protection of children. Sports, at all levels, are the latest frontier in the war against child sex abuse and the least studied.


Leading Experts Conduct Independent Investigation of the USA Gymnastics - Larry Nassar Scandal to Ensure It Never Happens Again. Utilizing the combined expertise of leading national experts in child protection, this independent commission is investigating all aspects of the systems that enabled the abuse, examining how they failed, reaching conclusions, and issuing recommendations to prevent child sex abuse in the future.

Through the Amicus Advocacy Project, CHILD USA is submitting amicus briefs in important cases involving child protection. CHILD USA CEO, Professor Marci Hamilton, has submitted dozens of amicus briefs related to child protection. The Amicus Advocacy Project enables CHILD to continue its groundbreaking work on behalf of lawyers and child advocates everywhere.

CHILD USA will study the health effects of children who are subjected to so-called “gay conversion therapy,” which is intended to “fix” their sexual orientation. This supposedly therapeutic approach has been uniformly rejected and discredited by every leading medical organization.


Child sexual abuse perpetrated within families is one of the most insidious and under-prosecuted crimes. Shortcomings in both the criminal and civil justice systems fail to protect victims of child sex abuse in the family context. Family court judges and custody evaluators are not trained on the facts of child sex abuse. The lack of education on child abuse and trauma associated with abuse in family court can have detrimental effects for the children including ongoing abuse, loss of a secure parental relationship, and at worst, death.

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The Handling of Children’s Rape Kits

A great deal of attention in recent years has been focused on the backlog for testing rape kits in many states, with the attention almost uniformly on the needs and experiences of adult victims.

CHILD USA has analyzed data on children's rape kits in numerous states and concluded, further study is needed.

Child marriage has become an increasingly pertinent issue. That's why we are researching child marriage throughout the United States and the world to understand how it can be prevented in the future. We aim to help politicians create legislation and policy to prevent all unlawful child marriages.


 

Laws for Child Protection

  • Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitation Reform

  • Age of Majority, Consent, and Marriage

  • Religious Liberty Statutes

  • Medical Neglect Laws

You can help prevent child abuse and neglect in America:

 

 
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The 2019 HBO Documentary by Director Erin Lee Carr on the brave survivors blowing the whistle on serial abuser Dr. Larry Nassar is a great tool for understanding the cycle of child sex abuse. CHILD USA’S founder and CEO, Prof. Marci Hamilton, is featured.

What’s next in the Nassar scandal? Click here to learn more about CHILD USA’s groundbreaking blue ribbon Game Over Commission where leading experts are engaged in the only independent investigation into the causes and ramifications of the Nassar scandal, which has involved multiple institutions letting kids down such as the MSU, USAG, USOC, and the Karolyis.

 

New York’s Child Victims Act has passed!!

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CEO Marci Hamilton’s Retrospective on Statute of Limitations Reform:

 

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