Polygamist Sect Raid: Child Abuse/Welfare Issues

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Debra Wolfe, Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research,
University of Pennsylvania

• Executive director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, which brings the university’s resources together to enhance and assure the well-being of abused and neglected children – and those at-risk of maltreatment.
• Served as a leader in the child-welfare arena for more than 25 years and developed new treatment models for child-welfare intervention
• Extensive clinical background including child and family therapy regarding domestic violence and child abuse cases

“Although the experience of these children is shocking and disturbing to those of us from outside the compound, it is the only world that these children know. Children in this situation have a different view of ‘normal’ than the rest of us. In helping these children, it’s important to recognize this, so the rescue doesn’t substantially compound their trauma.”