Children who have experienced abuse and neglect and those who have been in the child welfare system sometimes make intentional false allegations of abuse. In other situations, a child who is or has been in foster care may talk about previous abuse, prompting someone to report it to the State's child abuse and neglect hotline, without knowing that the abuse in question happened in a previous home. In this section, find resources for adoptive families on how to avoid, and what to do if faced with, a false or erroneous allegation of child abuse or neglect.
Allegations Happen: How to Prevent and Survive Them
AdoptTalk, Spring 2002
Provides information for adoptive parents about how to prevent and deal with false allegations of child maltreatment.
False Abuse Allegations: What Parents Can Do: A Checklist
Suggests what adoptive and foster parents can do to protect themselves from false abuse allegations while also protecting their children.
How Do I Protect Myself From and Respond to Allegations?
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Lists recommendations for adoptive parents about how to prevent false allegations of child abuse.