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Oregon signs onto national partnership to reduce child abuse fatalities

Five is not a big number. But five children dying daily of child abuse or neglect in the United States is a huge number, one child welfare agencies are determined to bring down.

New approaches to foster care and child welfare are called for, and are being delivered.

The state of Oregon Department of Human Services is one of dozens from states and other jurisdictions signing onto the National Partnership for Child Safety. NPCS brings a public health and safety science approach to reducing child abuse and neglect.

Michael Cull, a safety science expert at the University of Kentucky, joins us with an overview. He is joined by Oregon Child Fatality Prevention & Review Manager Tami Kane Suleiman.

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