Iowa considers new approach to child abuse reports

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Human Services is on the verge of taking a less-confrontational approach toward adults accused of minor acts of child neglect, saying the agency wants to better balance the rights of adults with the need to protect children.

A bill allowing the new policy was unanimously approved by the Senate and the House. If signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad, the new system would take effect in January.

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