Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 7-2010

Journal / Book Title

Child Welfare


The inclusion of certain aspects of animal-human relationships (AHR), such as animal abuse and animal-assisted interventions, can enhance child welfare practice and there are resources available to promote such inclusion. However, there is little knowledge of whether this is being accomplished. This study sought to fill this gap by conducting a national survey of state public child welfare agencies to examine AHR in child protective services practice, their assessment tools, and cross-reporting policies.

Published Citation

Risley-Curtiss, Christina, Lisa Anne Zilney, and Rebecca Hornung. "Animal-human relationships in child protective services: getting a baseline." Child welfare 89, no. 4 (2010).