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Child Neglect

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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.

Relisha's Brothers, Part I: At Risk of Poverty

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 03.02.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

The tragedy is familiar to many by now. Eight-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in March from the DC General emergency family homeless shelter. Allegedly in the care of a janitor at the shelter, Relisha hasn't been seen since.

786 CHILDREN DEAD: Abuse, Neglect Reportedly Occurred In Plain View Of Authorities

Associated Press | HOLBROOK MOHR AND GARANCE BURKE | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities ...

Darren Wilson and Vegan Mom

Matthew Fraidin | Posted 02.08.2015 | DC
Matthew Fraidin

Darren Wilson is a Missouri cop whose deeds have been dissected endlessly in the court of public opinion. Sarah Markham is "Vegan Mom," a Florida parent whose 12-day old baby was taken into foster care by Florida's child protective services. The case barely registered a blip on the public radar.

Bikini-Clad Florida Mom Found Passed Out, Neglecting Child: Cops

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.18.2014 | Crime

A mom was found passed out drunk in her bikini while her young daughter played alone in a Florida playground, cops say. Karen Gunderlach, 33, was s...

This Mom Was Arrested For Letting Her 7-Year-Old Son Walk To The Park Alone

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

A Florida mom was arrested this week after letting her 7-year-old son walk to the park alone. When Nicole Gainey's son Dominic asked for permissio...

Pennsylvania Ex-Prosecutor, Wife, Plead In Adoption Abuse Case

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania prosecutor and his wife pleaded no contest on Monday to charges of endangering the welfare of two children they adop...

Helping Homeless LGBT Youth Find The Road To Home

Carl Siciliano | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

They tell me of being forced to sell their bodies, of being beaten and raped. They tell me of being cold and terrified, of feeling unloved and driven to the brink of suicide.

How 'The Girl In The Window' Is Doing 9 Years After Her Rescue

OWN | Posted 06.19.2014 | OWN

On July 13, 2005, Detective Mark Holste of Florida's Plant City Police Department responded to a call from a neighbor who had seen a mysterious, pale ...

'Demon-Possessed' Child Locked Up, Shocked With Cattle Prod: Cops

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

Two Oklahoma parents are in custody after they allegedly kept their 6-year-old child locked in an empty room where he was tortured, police said. Ed...

The Cycle of Violence: How We Failed 23,439 Children Last Year

Rita Soronen | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Rita Soronen

This world is not an easy place for children to grow and thrive on their own. In fact, too often it is not even a safe place.

Hungry for Attention: Is Your Cell Phone Use at Dinnertime Hurting Your Kids?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Our children desperately need us to stay present with them. In this increasingly distracting world, how are they ever to learn how to prioritize people over things?

Dear Family Whisperer: My Parents Are Ignoring Me!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Applying for college is very stressful -- not just for your sister, but also for your mom and dad. If they're like most parents I've met, who spend a lot of time and energy helping their kids, it might feel as if they are being judged.

Is Cybersex Grounds For Divorce?

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Divorce
Andrew Feldstein

Cyber-sex, sexting, lurid Facebook messages, and other forms of virtual infidelity are becoming increasingly prevalent in Family Law. With vastly improved computer graphics and enhanced reality, the real world and the virtual world are becoming increasingly blurred.

Homeless for the Holidays: Ending a Nation's Cruel Indifference to Homeless Youth (PHOTOS)

Carl Siciliano | Posted 02.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Carl Siciliano

I have been talking with homeless kids from all over the country, asking them to help us understand what it means to be left on the streets, asking them to give witness to what they endure. I ask you to look into their traumatized eyes and listen with me to their heartbreaking testimonies.

Police Charge Mother Of 7-Month-Old Baby Found Dead In Car Seat

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Updated story Chicago police have arrested the mother of a 7-month-old baby girl after the child was found dead in a car seat inside a West Side ap...

Mom Allegedly Huffs Whippets With Child In Car, Tells Cops, 'It Happens'

Posted 12.10.2013 | Crime

Just because "it happens" doesn't mean it should. A Florida mom was nonchalant when cops questioned her about her alleged use of "whippets" in her ...