Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies

Date: April 2023

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2023

File Size: 1 MB

Children and youth involved with the child welfare system are at heightened risk of experiencing human trafficking. Therefore, child welfare agencies must be at the forefront of responding to and preventing human trafficking. This bulletin explores how agencies can support children and youth who have been exploited as well as those who may have risk factors for future exploitation. It provides background information about trafficking, including its scope, relevant legislation and initiatives, and strategies agencies can implement to address the trafficking of children and youth in the United States. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2023). Human trafficking and child welfare: A guide for child welfare agencies. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau. 

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