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Child Neglect

What Happens to a U.S. State When It Perpetuates Child Neglect? So Far, Nothing.

Darcey Merritt | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Darcey Merritt

An erroneous assumption that so many hold is that all parents possess the material resources to provide for the basic needs for their children, when in fact the causes, or etiology, of neglect is associated with the systemic problem of poverty.

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

Time in With Dr. Tim: Helping Girls Overcome the Emotional Scars of Trauma

Dr. Tim Goldsmith | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Dr. Tim Goldsmith

You can't force treatment on a child who has shut down. Counselors must take a step back and find creative and unique ways to engage.

Short Lives, Long Waits For Justice: The Huge Backlog of Child Abuse Deaths

New England Center for Investigative Reporting | LaurenWeber | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

The following story was reported by Jenifer McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published here in collaboration...

Texas Couple Behind Bars After Toddler Dies From Oven Burns

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Crime

A Texas mother and her boyfriend are behind bars after police say the woman's toddler was baked to death inside an oven after being left home alone w...

When An 8 Year Old Kills

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 11.23.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

A child died, and that is tragic. But an 8-year-old child is being charged in juvenile court with her murder. And that is outrageous. Because not every tragedy is a crime, and not every actor is a criminal.

From Abused and Homeless to Ph.D.

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

"Oh, my God. Are you serious?" That's a reaction I often get when people hear how I accidentally discovered, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

Kids Found Living Inside A Shipping Crate In An Underground Cave

Associated Press | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.28.2015 | Crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A 24-year-old mother is in custody Saturday after her two young children were found barefoot, dirty and living in a wooden sh...

Justice For Josiah

Jessica Denis | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Jessica Denis

A 3-year-old has lost his life, a mother has lost her son and a family has lost their star. The child lost his life at the hands of one person; that one person who was always supposed to protect his son. On September 5, 2015 near Memphis, TN, 3-year-old Josiah was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Drunk Florida Mom Had Kid Blow Into Breathalyzer To Start Car: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 08.13.2015 | Crime

A Florida woman is accused of having her 4-year-old son blow into a Breathalyzer to start her car while she was inebriated. Police in Apopka responde...

Malnourished Teen Weighing 47 Pounds Found In Cockroach-Infested Home

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Crime

Police searching a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for drugs found a 15-year-old boy weighing just 47 pounds lying on a cot and covered in cockroaches...

Tackling Childhood Trauma in DC Schools

Judith Sandalow | Posted 06.24.2015 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.

China Punishes Officials After 4 Abandoned Child Siblings Commit Suicide

AP | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Several local Chinese officials were fired or suspended following the suicides of four siblings, aged 5 to 13, who were abandoned by ...

How Legal Abortion Helps American Families

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
David A. Grimes

The net effect of abortion is helping to ensure that every child born will be wanted, loved, and well cared for. This is a goal for American families around which there should be broad agreement.

Child Abusers Shouldn't Be Able to Run Out the Clock

Ariel Zwang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Kathy's counselor helped her realize that the trauma of her childhood sexual abuse had resurfaced because she was now bringing her own child into the world. With therapy, Kathy was able to come to terms with the abuse and finally begin to heal.

Parents Arrested After 3 Little Girls Found Living In Garbage Filled Home

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Crime

A Florida couple was arrested Friday police discovered their children living in filth, among bugs and human feces. Police say a tip led them to the...

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

Florida Mom Forces Son To Jump From Window At Gunpoint: Cops

AP | Posted 03.05.2015 | Crime

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Police in St. Petersburg say a woman forced her 8-year-old son to jump out of a second-floor window before she jumped as ...

Free-Range Mom Blamed For Child Neglect Says Her Life Has Been 'Torn Apart'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents

Danielle Meitiv often lets her two kids, Rafi, 10 and Dvora, 6, play outside without her supervision. They are even allowed to walk home from the neig...

Child Neglect: It Can Happen In Your Own Backyard -- Recognize It and Take Action!

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

Many children die each year from child neglect. The media normally reports on child abuse fatalities so child abuse is clearer in the public's mind. Child neglect is extremely dangerous too.

Paralyzed Teen Dies Of Bedsores, Parents Charged

AP | Posted 02.19.2015 | Crime

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indianapolis couple is charged with neglect in the death of their paralyzed 18-year-old daughter who died wearing only a diape...

Couple Charged After Infant Son Starves To Death

AP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon couple involved in online pornography has been arrested on charges of murder by abuse after an autopsy determined the...

How Institutional Neglect Affects Kids' Brains

Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents

BY KATHRYN DOYLE Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:28pm EST (Reuters Health) – Kids who were raised in a Romanian institution for abandoned children have s...

Every Child Deserves a Fair Chance

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As a nation it's time to close our hypocrisy gap in the treatment of our children and value and protect our children -- all of them. We need to examine with urgency how we treat our children and the gap between what we say and what we do.

Relisha's Brothers, Part II: Endangered By Secrecy

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.06.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Secrecy in child welfare throws its dark curtain over yet another low-income family of color. This time, it is Relisha Rudd's brothers whose fate is being decided behind the closed doors of the family court.