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Child Neglect

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 09.18.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 ...

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

State Passes Law Protecting Homeless Teens From Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

California officials are no longer required to report homeless teens to law enforcement thanks to a bill that was signed into law on Wednesday. Th...

The World's Children Live Here, Too

Inwood House | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Inwood House

Right now there is a teenager riding the 4 subway train through New York City, wondering where to go. Nestled between you and me on our train home from work, her belly is too small for us to notice. She feels invisible. But she has rights, and she is not alone.

Couple Allegedly Imprisoned Children For 3 Years

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime

A husband and wife in California were charged with child abuse for allegedly locking two children in their filthy mobile home for three years, accordi...

This Mother's Day, Think About Foster Care

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I don't know if I could have made a difference -- but I'll never stop being sorry I didn't bring him home.

Congress Votes, Unheralded, to Stop the Killing of 2,500 Children

Michael Petit | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Michael Petit

By adopting the Protect Our Kids Act, Congress is acknowledging that when children cannot be safe in their homes, it falls to the rest of us to protect them, whatever our ideology. The law creates a national commission to develop a strategy for ending child abuse fatalities.

Mom Fed Baby Oreos, Neglected Him While She Did Drugs: Cops

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Crime

A 1-year-old boy sat in his high chair for hours as his mother passed out from the drugs she'd taken. She woke up only to smoke or feed the baby cake ...

Girls At Work (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 02.03.2013 | Good News
Bus 52

For most young girls, the idea of using a drill press, electric sander, or branding iron is not the first thing that comes to mind when they think of their skills.

Mom Allegedly Shot Up Drugs In Courthouse Parking Lot With Baby In Car

David Lohr | Posted 10.17.2012 | Crime

A drug intoxicated mother was arrested in Virginia after she was found passed out in her car with her 23-month-old daughter crying in the back seat, p...